Thursday, July 25, 2024
Thursday, July 25, 2024

House Increases Reporting Thresholds for Grassroot Campaign Funding

During the afternoon floor session, the House continued to take up bills for passage.

Senate Bill 508 was initially rejected on a vote of 35 in favor and 61 opposed, but a motion to reconsider placed the bill back up for passage. The bill ultimately passed with a vote of 49 in favor and 41 opposed. The bill increases the reporting threshold for grassroots lobbying campaigns from $500 to $5,000 in any three-month period and from $200 to $1,000 in a one-month period.

Senate Bill 516 modifies the disclosure requirements for individual contributions to an independent expenditure from $250 to $1,000.

Senate Bill 534 allows for the sale of frozen beer in a sealed growler or from a frozen beverage machine to fill growlers. The bill allows for wineries, licensed brewers, and resident brewers to sell at private fairs and festivals. The bill also allows for a licensed distillery, mini-distillery, or micro-distillery manufacturing liquor to sell at private fairs and festivals. The bill modifies several definitions and fees.

Senate Bill 546 adds certain opioids and other drugs to Schedule I drugs. The bill also adds delta-8, delta-10, delta 8-O, and Delta 9-O to the list of Scheduled I drugs. The “O” signifies synthetically made cannabinoids. The bill does state that naturally occurring tetrahydrocannabinols with THC levels low enough to qualify under the Hemp Act are not subject to the provisions of the bill.

The House is in recess until 7:15 p.m.

The Rules Committee will meet at 7 p.m. behind the House Chamber.

The House returned and completed the agenda.

The rules were suspended and Senate Bill 552 was amended, read for a third time and put up for passage. The amendment strikes the original Senate Bill and inserts a severability cause into the Unborn Child Protection Act.

The House is adjourned until 10 a.m. tomorrow, March 11.

The Rules Committee will meet at 9:45 a.m.

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