Dear Friends and Neighbors,
With more than 700 bills being introduced in just three weeks of session – keeping track of all the new potential laws is difficult, even for those of us who work at the Capitol! For citizens, this means bills could have a hearing and pass out of committee, before you even knew they existed.
In order to keep you informed, I will be sending out a short overview of legislation heard this week that could impact you or our district. I believe this will aid you as you make knowledgeable decisions regarding your government. Next week I will aim to have this e-mail sent out earlier, so that it can be as effective a resource as possible. You can find a quick overview of how a bill becomes law here.
If there is a bill listed here that you are concerned about, interested in knowing more about, or if you would like to come testify, please contact my office. I am here to be your voice in the Legislature.
- Statute of Limitations for Child Sexual Abuse: House Bill 1352
This bill had a public hearing at 8:00 a.m. yesterday. The bill would extend the statute of limitations for sexual assault or molestation of a child so that victims can report and press charges after a longer time has passed. Crimes could be prosecuted until the victim's 30th birthday, instead of their 28th.
- Electricity/Efficiency/Hydroelectric Generation Projects: House Bill 1347
This bill had a hearing at 8:00 a.m. yesterday. This bill would authorize a qualifying utility to use incremental electricity produced as a result of efficiency improvements to meet its renewable resources requirement. This bill would help companies to meet their requirements instead of buying unnecessary energy in order to satisfy the requirement.
- Mandatory Sick and Safe Leave: House Bill 1313
This bill had a hearing at 10:00 a.m. yesterday. The bill would establish standards of sick leave for state employees. The act sets out specific criteria for accrual, use, requests, and recordkeeping.
- Implementing Paid Family & Medical Leave: House Bill 1457
This bill had a hearing at 10:00 a.m. yesterday. This bill would require employers to pay a premium to the employment security department so they can increase their duties surrounding family medical leave. This would be a new and costly mandate on business.
- Grading Schools A-F: House Bill 1476
This bill had a hearing yesterday at 1:30 p.m. This bill would modify current law to establish a performance-based grading system for schools and school districts. This bill would make it easier for parents and citizens to see how schools are performing by standardizing terms.
- Same Day & Age 16 Voter Registration – House Bills 1267 & House Bill 1279
These bills will be heard today at 1:30 p.m. in House Hearing Room E. These bills would:
1. Modify current law so that people can register to on vote election-day; and,
2. Allow sixteen and seventeen year-olds to pre-register to vote when acquiring, replacing or renewing their driver's license.
- Requiring Training to Prevent Youth Suicide – House Bill 1336
This bill will be heard on Thursday at 8:00 a.m. in House Hearing Room A. This bill would provide training, comprehensive planning, and help partner schools and communities, in order to increase school districts ability to recognize and respond to troubled youth.
- Increase Excise Tax Revenue on Liquor License Renewals – House Bill 1503
This bill will have a hearing on Friday at 8:00 a.m. in House Hearing Room A. This bill would penalize taxpayers who are behind on any taxes by allowing the Liquor Control Board to suspend the taxpayer's liquor license and/or refuse to issue a new license.