Senate Joint Resolution G: Ban banning state employees from communicating with a legislator: Passed 35 to 0 in the Senate
To place before voters in the next general election a constitutional amendment establishing that a state department or agency may not take disciplinary action against an employee because the employee communicates with a member of the legislature or a member's staff. The proposal would also ban restricting a nonpartisan employee of the legislature from communicating with a lawmaker or their staff. This requires a two-thirds majority vote in both the House and Senate to go on the ballot.
Senate Resolution 53: Urge president to support Keystone pipeline: Passed 20 to 16 in the Senate
To adopt a non-binding resolution to "urge President Joe Biden to support the Keystone XL Pipeline, reverse his decision to cancel the permit, and to support American jobs and energy cooperation with our Canadian neighbor."
House Bill 4603: Let agricultural commodity marketing boards meet electronically: Passed 103 to 5 in the House
To permit members of the agricultural commodity marketing boards to meet electronically. The bill would permit this on a permanent basis, not just in epidemics. These entities allocate money collected through mandatory assessments levied on growers; examples include commissions for growers of apples, asparagus, potatoes, cherries, beans, beef and others.
House Bill 4088: Prescribe rules for bird feeding: Passed 61 to 47 in the House
To establish that deer feeding from backyard bird feeders does not constitute "deer baiting" or feeding, which are currently prohibited due to disease transmission concerns. The bill would explicitly permit placing up to two gallons of bird seed in a feeder within 300 feet of a residence.
House Bill 4074: Encourage schools to teach free enterprise and entrepreneurship: Passed 95 to 13 in the House
To encourage public schools to offer a program of instruction on free enterprise and entrepreneurship for high school students.
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