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Limiting Use of Forced Union Labor in Public Works, Making Union Firefighters More Expensive

 

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Senate Bill 152 Prohibit requiring union labor agreements in public works projects: Passed 50 to 45 in the House on 5/4/2016

 

To prohibit a public authority from requiring a contractor to employ a certain percentage of individuals from the geographic area of the public authority for public works and to prohibit a state agency from mandating union labor agreements as a condition of performing or bidding on a public improvement project.

 

Senate Bill 27 Make it easier for firefighters to collect worker’s compensation payments without medical review: Passed 32 to 1 in the Senate on 4/13/2016

 

To provide that a firefighter who has specified types of cancer does not have to prove through medical evidence that it was caused while performing official duties as a firefighter.

 

House Bill 284 Expand the list of crimes that would result in the forfeit of public pension benefits.  Passed 95 to 2 in the House on 5/24/2016

 

To add additional offenses to the offenses committed by an active or retired public employees that would result in termination or forfeiture of their pension or disability benefits.

 

House Bill 347 Reform and restrain the Civil Asset Forfeiture process: Passed 72 to 25 in the House on 5/25/2016

To limit opportunities for the state to seize assets from citizens without adequate due process of law, and to enhance the burden of proof required to do so.

 

New licensure mandates on engineers, architects, impose licensure on hair braiders

 

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House Bill 236 Impose additional regulations on professional engineers: Passed 96 to 0 in the House on 1/26/2016

 

To require professional engineers to take classes in the ethics of engineering or surveying practices in order to renew their state mandated license.

 

House Bill 243 Expand the regulatory authority of boards that regulate architects and landscape architects: Passed 33 to 0 in the Senate on 2/10/2016

 

To give greater regulatory control to the architect’s board and the landscape architects board regarding continuing education requirements that are mandated for participation in those professions.

 

Senate Bill 213 Impose new regulations on the practice of hair braiding: Passed 32 to 0 in the Senate on 2/10/2016

 

To modify and expand the state regulation of cosmetology, to create new rules to regulate hair braiding and similar activities, and to further limit access to those professions through mandates governing licensing and education.

 

Sales tax holiday; make digital ads tax-free; authorize port tax; more state and local corporate and developer subsidies

 

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Senate Bill 264 Create a 'back to school' sales tax holiday: Passed 94 to 1 in the House on 4/27/2016

 

To provide for a three-day sales tax "holiday" in August 2016 during which sales of clothing and school supplies are exempt from sales and use taxes.

 

House Bill 466 Eliminate taxes for web advertising: Passed 95 to 0 in the House on 5/4/2016

 

To exempt digital advertising services from sales and use tax.

 

House Bill 182 Clarify the process for creating new layers of local government and taxation: Passed 94 to 0 in the House on 2/10/2016

 

To amend the law governing the creation and operation of joint economic development districts (JEDDs) and enterprise zones.

 

House Bill 233 Allows certain municipalities to give special tax breaks and subsidized loans and grants to developers and other businesses, and to impose new lodging taxes: Passed 33 to 0 in the Senate on 4/13/2016

 

To authorize local governments to give certain types of businesses grants, loans, and tax breaks if they are within a limited downtown redevelopment /innovation district; and to impose a new lodging tax in certain counties for a taxpayer-funded port facility.

 

Right-to-try lifesaving drugs; asthma inhalers in schools; respect freedom of religion in public schools

 

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House Bill 290 Give terminally ill patients the freedom to choose their treatment options: Passed 96 to 1 in the House on 2/23/2016

To permit a patient with a terminal condition to be treated with a drug, product, or device that is not approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration.

House Bill 124 Permit venereal disease drug distribution without prescription: Passed 32 to 0 in the Senate on 10/7/2015

To permit drugs that cure chlamydia, gonorrhea or trichomoniasis to be dispensed to the sexual partner of a person who has one of these diseases without being examined by a doctor.

House Bill 39 Let schools stock emergency asthma inhalers: Passed 98 to 0 in the House on 10/7/2015

To allow schools and camps to obtain and administer emergency asthma inhalers, with a requirement to develop an inhaler use policy in concert with a health professional. The school or camp would be protected from liability for damages resulting from alleged misuse of inhalers. The bill also would allow inhaler manufacturers to donate inhalers to schools, and allow schools and camps to receive donations for the purpose of purchasing inhalers.

House Bill 2 Increase sponsorship and reporting requirements for charter schools: Passed 32 to 0 in the Senate on 6/30/2015

To restrict low-performing charter schools, and charter schools that have operated for less than four years, from changing sponsors unless the state rates the new sponsor as "effective" or higher, or if the change is approved by the Department of Education. The bill would also place additional reporting and disclosure requirements on charter school operators and establish new conflict-of-interest standards for charter school board members.

House Bill 425 Provide students with parity for freedom of religious expression in schools: Passed 72 to 22 in the House on 4/13/2016

To require schools to allow for and treat religious expression and speech in the same manner they allow for secular expression and speech.

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