Three bills sponsored by Rep. Vick pass out of committee

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Three bills sponsored by Rep. Vick pass out of committee

Three separate House committees approved legislation sponsored by State Rep. Brandon Vick, Monday.

“Anytime you get three of your bills to move forward to the next step in the process, that's a positive day,” said Vick, R-Vancouver. “I'm proud to sponsor these pieces of legislation and I look forward to a floor vote with the entire House.”

The Education Committee voted to advance House Bill 1404, which would require school districts to develop an assessment, referral, and placement process for highly capable students. The bill calls for using multiple criteria to identify these students and provide them with accelerated learning and enhanced instruction.

“I'm especially grateful to see this bill move forward,” said Vick. “I've been working on this for several years. We need to better identify highly capable students in our public schools and give them the best resources possible to enhance their education.”

The Consumer Protection and Business Committee unanimously passed House Bill 1399, which would create a process for a person with a criminal conviction to better determine whether that criminal history would disqualify him or her from obtaining a professional license.

“I hope this bill will make it a little easier for someone who has paid their debt to society and wants to get back into the workforce,” said Vick. “I believe we should help individuals in this situation as much as we can, as they begin contributing to their communities in a positive way.”

House Bill 1298 was Vick's third bill of the day to be moved forward, after it was unanimously passed by the Local Government Committee. This bill would exclude accessory dwelling units located outside urban growth areas from the calculation of housing density in that area if certain local development regulations regarding accessory dwelling units are imposed.

All three bills now await a vote from the full House of Representatives.

The 2021 legislative session began Jan. 11 and is scheduled to end April 25.


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