RAYMOND —For the two day session on March 5-6, we had 136 bills. Of these 71 were recommended by their policy committee to be killed, and after hours of debates, only one of the ITL recommendations was overturned, and that bill passed. It was HB-1244, relative to the disclosure of the names of lottery winners. This bill would forbid the Lottery Commission from releasing the names of winners without their permission. The bill failed on ITL D149-150, then passed OTP D 172-130.
Some other bills of interest include:
HB-1360, prohibiting impeded driving and use of certain electronic devices while driving. Bill prohibits impeded driving and use of certain electronic devices while driving. The amendment allows for the use of hands-free electronic devices, and removes the impeded driving violation. Amendment A-0376h passed on voice vote (VV). Attempt to table bill failed D 137-187. Bill passed OTP-A RC 192-133.
HB-1366, relative to exemptions from seasonal weight restrictions on roads. This was a special interest bill to exempt seasonal weight restrictions on roads for “maple sap” and other agricultural products. Bill failed ITL D 202-128.
HB-1597-FN-A, reducing the rate of tax on meals under the meals and rooms tax. This bill would have reduced the meals tax from the current 9% to 8%, but failed ITL RC 184-148.
HB-1435, requiring law enforcement officials to disclose specific information relating to a police checkpoint. Bill requires law enforcement officials to obtain a court order to conduct a checkpoint for the purpose of enforcing criminal law. Requires law enforcement to disclose specific information to the public regarding the checkpoint. A-0196h passed VV. Bill passed OTP-A D 242-49. I voted no.
HB-1226, establishing a committee to study end-of-life decisions. This bill was introduced by proponents of physician assisted suicide and euthanasia. The committee would study “aid in dying” laws in other states Bill passed OTP D 162-126.