September 14, 2012, Weekly Roll Call

Y = Yes, N = No, X = Not Voting

Senate Bill 1214, Authorize Attorney General challenge of parole board decisions: Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate
To authorize the state Attorney General (in addition to the crime victim and prosecutor) to challenge a state parole board decision, with an “abuse of discretion” standard for such challenges.

Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

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House Bill 4934, Require school Pledge of Allegiance recitation: Passed 103 to 5 in the House
To require classes in public schools to recite the Pledge of Allegiance each day. The bill would prohibit compelling a student to recite the pledge. The House also passed Senate Bill 637, to require a flag in each classroom.

Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

House Bill 5582, Establish that military experience meets certain licensure requirements: Passed 108 to 0 in the House
To establish that having recent and relevant military experience in the field meets the criteria for obtaining an “electrical journeyman's license.” The House passed two other bills allowing the same for plumbers and security guards. Current law prohibits a person from earning a living as an electrician without obtaining “8,000 hours of experience over at least four years," or 6,000 hours for plumbers, plus passing licensure tests and paying fees.

Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

House Bill 5523, Ban employers or schools asking for Facebook passwords: Passed 108 to 0 in the House
To prohibit employers and schools from requesting or requiring employees or students to disclose their social networking account passwords, login information or other security information, subject to penalties up to 93 days in jail and a $1,000 fine, plus lawsuit liability. An employee could be disciplined or fired for transferring the employer's proprietary, confidential or financial information to a personal internet account.

Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

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