LD1 Legislative Action Update 05/23/21
Contributed by Ruth Lambert, LD1 Democrats Legislative Liaison
LD1 Update newsletters are sent each Sunday when the Legislature is in Session. Focus is on actions by LD1 Legislators.
LEGISLATIVE NERD ALERT
A peek at the House Rules Committee agenda for Monday May 24 shows the first nod to introduction of a budget. While the budget has not "formally" been introduced, there have been numerous leaks relating to it's content. Permanent tax cuts appear to be looming as the answer for what to do with the temporary surplus money in state coffers. Few infrastructure, education or social service needs are seriously addressed in the initial offering.
An example of one incongruous item: $10 million in 2022 and $20 million 2023 for transportation voucher pilot program for parents to send their students to schools of "choice". Compare that with the $1 million offered for gifted education shared among all public schools and $5 million for the extraordinary special education needs fund.
A interesting tidbit. Rep. Nguyen has left town for his child's graduation on May 28. Remote voting is allowed but timing could get interesting.
What are Karen Fann, Judy Burges and Quang Nguyen up to?
Contact Info and Committee Assignments
Senator Karen Fann email@example.com 602-926-5874 Senate Rules Committee
House Representative Judy Burges firstname.lastname@example.org 602-926-3256 Committee Assignments Nat'l Resources, Energy & Water; Government and Elections; Military Affairs Affairs & Public Safety
House Representative Quang Nguyen
Appropriations; Education; Judiciary;
Military Affairs & Public Safety
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SB1250 allows a variety of jurisdictions including local health departments to establish and operate overdose and disease prevention programs. Programs can include access to and disposal of sterile injection equipment. Programs can provide education and referral to treatment options. Rep. Burges was one of only 2 Reps voting NO . Bill has been sent to the Governor.
SB1532 was originally a bill about transportation. While being considered in the House a striker amendment changed the bill to prevent teachers from using school hours or resources to organize any type of protest. There are rules already in place to address this. An amendment was added to the bill on the floor to include a gag element aimed at teachers and controversial issues. The amendment discourages any controversial subject to be discussed. When necessary, as some curriculum deals with controversial subjects, teachers must present all sides of the issue. An infraction would result with a $5,000 fine to the teacher. The bill will go to a conference committee then be voted in the Senate.
HB2190 was originally about criminal justice. A striker amendment added, in the senate Appropriation Committee, turned it into a prohibition for any agency or private business to require proof of a covid vaccination. One Republican voted with Democrats to stop the bill passing and another Republican voted against the bill in order to be on the prevailing side to bring the bill back for consideration. Senator Fann voted YES. The bill could possibly be brought back to the senate floor again this week.
SB1714 states that the mandatory disclosure on all campaign ads, stating who paid for the ad, also disclose what percent of contributions were from out of state. It also requires ads paid for by a Political Action Committee (PAC) to disclose that fact with type taking up 10% of the entire sign height. Senator Fann voted YES, bill was sent to Governor who quickly signed it. The bill was sponsored by a republican senator whose democratic challenger received substantial out of state funding in 2020.
Once again this Session House democrats tried a procedural move to bring the Equal Rights Amendment ratification to the House floor. As in the past it was met with resistance and not brought to a vote. A resolution to ratify the amendment is stopped, each year, from getting a Hearing and going through the "normal" legislative process. Both LD1 House Reps. were against bringing the ratification question to a vote.
HB2241 makes Holocaust and other genocide education mandatory twice between grades 7-12. A hostile amendment adding the definition of anti-Semitism to the bill was causing troubles. A hostile amendment is an amendment not approved by the sponsor of the bill. The bill, on its 5th try, passed the Committee of the Whole on May 20 and will, hopefully, be up for a third read floor vote soon.
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