House Bill 4448: Prohibit limiting government open records disclosures during emergency: Passed 21 to 15 in the Senate
To establish that an executive order, proclamation, or directive issued under the law that authorizes the governor to declare an emergency may not lengthen the required government agency response times or otherwise limit the scope of a public body's duties to provide records requested under the state Freedom of Information Act. Such an order was imposed in April 2020 and rescinded that June.
Senate Bill 457: Ban emergency orders that mandate minors get vaccination: Passed 20 to 16 in the Senate
To prohibit including a mandate in an epidemic-related state or local health department order that requires minors to get a coronavirus vaccination.
Senate Bill 400: Make certain drunk driving convictions eligible for expunction: Passed 91 to 18 in the House
To permit a first drunk driving convictions to be "expunged" or removed from an individual’s record after five years.
House Bill 4256: Let service animal trainers use public accommodations: Passed 94 to 14 in the House
To revise a law that requires facilities open to the public (“public accommodations") to permit the use of a service animal by a person with a disability, so that it also requires them to allow trainers to use the facility to train or socialize a service animal.
House Bill 4293: Ban union bargaining over substitute teacher jobs: 56 to 52 in the House
To add the employment of an individual as a substitute teacher to the list of prohibited subjects of collective bargaining between school districts and teacher unions.
House Bill 4294: Let current school employees work as subs without degree or credentials: Passed 56 to 52 in the House
To allow a school district to hire a current employee as a substitute teacher even if the individual does not have a college degree or otherwise meet the legal requirements to be a substitute teacher. The person would get a raise if their current pay was less than a substitutes’ pay but would not get a cut if it was more. This would expire with the 2021-22 school year.
House Bill 4501: Refund employer fines levied under “unlimited” emergency law ruled unconstitutional: Passed 74 to 34 in the House
To require state regulators to refund civil penalties they imposed on employers for violating emergency orders issued under a 1945 emergency powers law that has been ruled unconstitutional because it let a governor declare a state of emergency with no time limit and use it to govern unilaterally.
House Bill 4132: Make absent ballot interference a felony: Passed 66 to 43 in the House
To make it a felony to knowingly submit an absentee voter ballot application containing false information or a forged signature, or fill out and submit an absentee voter ballot application in another person’s name, or submit an absentee voter ballot application with the intent to obtain multiple absentee voter ballots.
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