The legislature was in session this past week on Wednesday. The only issues on the table were the renomination to eight years of superior court judges and state referees. They were all approved.
In the past week:
There was a packed public hearing discussing a proposed 35 percent excise tax on ammunition with advocates on both sides.
After citizens protesting a proposal to eliminate religious exemptions for immunizations, those who opposed the legislation returned this week to listen to the Public Health Committee vote on this proposal, though at first grandfathering children presently exempted. The committee approved the amended bill. The next morning, there were already over 100 amendments to be proposed for the bill when it comes up on the floor, maybe as early as next week.
The Insurance Committee was filled as an insulin cost cap bill was before a public hearing.
On Monday, March 2, the Judiciary Committee will hold a public hearing on the adult use of cannabis.
A state senator was called out for requesting lobbyist donations for her workplace where she works as executive director, and is the solo full-time staff. This senator co-chairs the legislative committee that has cognizance over elections and campaign funding.
Joint favorable (JF) deadlines for committees begin on March 12.
CAPITOL UPDATE VIDEO
Rep. Steve Stafstrom, Judiciary Committee chair and a member at Pullman & Comley, is this week’s visitor in our Capitol Update. Rep. Stafstrom, a CBA member and former government relations director for the YLS, is in his first term as the Judiciary Committee chair. He shares their committee's process on and how which bills get raised.
YOUNG LAWYERS SECTION (YLS) LEGISLATIVE BREAKFAST
Save the Date
Wednesday, April 22, 2020
8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Legislative Office Building
EXECUTIVE AND LEGISLATIVE NOMINATIONS COMMITTEE at 11:00 A.M. in Room 1A
HUMAN SERVICES COMMITTEE
COMMERCE COMMITTEE AND ENVIRONMENT COMMITTEE at 12:00 P.M. in Room 1E
at 12:00 P.M. in Room 2A
APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE AND HUMAN SERVICES COMMITTEE:
A Joint Public Hearing at 10:00 A.M. in Room 2E
EDUCATION COMMITTEE at 10:00 A.M. in Room 1E
JUDICIARY COMMITTEE at 10:00 A.M. in Room 2D
PUBLIC HEALTH COMMITTEE at 10:30 A.M. in Room 1D
ENVIRONMENT COMMITTEE at 10:30 A.M. in Room 2B
INSURANCE AND REAL ESTATE COMMITTEE at 11:00 A.M. in Room 2D
HUMAN SERVICES COMMITTEE following a 10:00 A.M. public hearing in Room 2E
COMMITTEE FORUMS AND PRESENTATIONS
HUMAN SERVICES COMMITTEE INFORMATIONAL FORUM on MEDICAID 101 at 10:00 A.M. in Room 2E
COMMERCE COMMITTEE INFORMATIONAL HEARING on The Manufacturing Caucus at 11:00 A.M. in Room 1B.