Tuesday, April 23, 2024
Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Thirteen Bill Complete in House during Early Sessions

It’s the last day of the second session of the 86th Legislature. During the Rules meeting this morning, the committee advanced HCR 69, HCR 75, SCR 29, and SCR 30 to the floor. The Committee also moved Senate Bill 571 and Senate Bill 716 to the House Calendar and rearranged the calendar.

The House refused to concur on several bills and asked the Senate to recede from its position.

The House passed seven bills in the morning session, completing action on six of them.

Senate Bill 837 gives public defender corporations until July 1, 2025, to fully reconfigure their offices to match the new circuits created during the 2023 regular session.

Senate Bill 850 updates the code to reflect the issuance of an ethics opinion on litigation financing by removing commercial tort claims exclusions and certain non-profit organizations from the definition.

Senate Bill 864 amends the provisions of the Grant Transparency and Accountability Act. The bill clarifies which grants are subject to reporting requirements.

Senate Bill 872 allows the county commission to accept the resolution of the county fire board to change the fire fee, but the county commission would decide whether to take action on or accept the resolution or amend them and submit the question to voters.

Senate Bill 875 prohibits BRIM from covering new or additional insurance of entities with permissive coverage, versus mandatory.

The House was in recess until about 1:30 p.m. When the House returned, it received messages from the Senate. The House concurred with the Senate to complete seven bills.

House Bill 4350 prohibits the filing for ballot vacancies by party executive committees after the individual candidacy filing deadline has passed. The Senate-amended bill does not allow for vacancy nominations when the vacancy is caused by a withdrawal from the election without cause.

House Bill 4975 requires the Department of Human Services to create and incorporate into the current child welfare system foster care communication system. The system should be fully implemented by July 1, 2026.

House Bill 4911 authorizes the sale of raw milk. The bill requires any container of raw milk sold to be labeled as “unpasteurized raw milk” with the name and physical address of the seller, date of production, and a specific warning about foodborne illness.

House Bill 4297 recognizes correctional officers as law enforcement and allows them to concealed carry across the country regardless of state laws.

Senate Bill 146 requires the State Superintendent to create an Adult Education Task Force. The task force is to include: the State Superintendent, the head of adult education learning centers, and geographically diverse representatives from the community, including but not limited to, representation from business and the community college system by July 1, 2025.

The House also receded to complete action on Senate Bill 632 and Senate Bill 17. The House refused to concur or recede on a few bills, which will go into conference committees.

The House is in recess until 3:30 p.m.

Committee Meetings today, March 9
The Rules Committee will meet at 3:15 p.m. behind the House Chamber.

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