Update from the Capitol: Virtual Town Hall TONIGHT and Bill Update

Virtual Town Hall Tonight!


Please join Sen. Derek Stanford, Rep. Davina Duerr and me TONIGHT for our first ever 1st District Virtual Town Hall. The town hall will be streamed live on the Senate Democratic Caucus’ FacebookTwitter, and YouTube pages as well as on my own Facebook page. You can submit questions in advance at surveymonkey.com/r/1stVirtualTownHall.

What: 1st Legislative District Virtual Town Hall

When: Wednesday, March 10 at 6:30 PM

Where: Streaming live on the Senate Democratic Caucus’ FacebookTwitter, and YouTube pages

Please note, you do not need a Facebook or Twitter account to view the livestream and the video will be saved on YouTube.

Bill Update

Yesterday was the House of origin cutoff. Bills that had not been passed by the chamber that they were proposed in will no longer be considered. Each chamber will now begin the committee process for bills that the other chamber passed.

Three of the bills I sponsored were passed by the House of Representatives. They will now be considered by the Senate.

HB 1085 Individual Health Plans for students with seizure disorders- Requires school districts to create Individual Health Plans (IHPs) for students with seizure disorders similar to what schools already do for students with diabetes or life-threatening allergies.

Passed the House 98-0, referred to the Senate Early Learning & K-12 Education Committee

HB 1105 Medical use of cannabis- Current law provides protection against prosecution for medical cannabis users, but in order to be protected against arrest a medical cannabis user must register with the Medical Marijuana Authorization Database. This bill simply extends protection from arrest to who anyone has a medical cannabis prescription. We should not be arresting people simply because they chose not to participate in the voluntary database.

Passed the House 69-29, referred to the Senate Law & Justice Committee

HB 1430 State leases- Changes the maximum length of a lease managed by the Department of Natural Resources from 55 to 99 years for commercial, industrial, business or recreational purposes. This was requested by DNR in order to become more competitive when leasing commercial properties and give them the opportunity to maximize the public benefit revenues from these lands.

Passed the House 95-0, referred to the Senate Agriculture, Water, Natural Resources & Parks Committee