For this Valentine’s Day, will it be “no love lost” or “lovefest” for the counties? Staff has been working on a host of issues and with 175 bills and counting, we are passionate about a host of topics to discuss with legislators, stakeholders, and local elected officials.
Looking Ahead to Wednesday, February 14
- House Business and Labor Standing Committee at 8:00 a.m. in Room 445, Capitol, will hear bills on DABC funding and a bill addressing driving under the influence.
- Senate Judiciary, Law Enforcement, and Criminal Justice Standing Committee at 8:00 a.m. in Room 250, Capitol, will hear bills on misdemeanor amendments, forcible entry and detainer, and offender housing changes.
- House Health and Human Services Standing Committee at 9:00 a.m. in Room 210, Senate Building, will hear Representative Miles’s bill on Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health amendments.
- House Public Utilities, Energy, and Technology Standing Committee at 9:00 a.m. in Room 450, Capitol, will hear Representative Gibson’s bill on electric service districts.
- Senate Retirement and Independent Entities Standing Committee at 12:30 p.m. in Room 250, Capitol, will hear bills addressing retirement forfeiture for employment-related offenses and post-retirement re-employment restrictions act amendments.
- Executive Appropriations Committee at 4:10 p.m. in Room 445, Capitol, will hear reports from four of the subcommittees: Retirement and Independent Entities; Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Environmental Quality; Business, Economic Development, and Labor; and Social Services.
- Executive Offices and Criminal Justice Subcommittee Appropriations met and heard a few more appropriation requests before introducing the chairs’ prioritization list. Senator Thatcher and Representative Hutching prioritized 15 items. The counties’ request for $4.5M one-time funding and $500k ongoing is larger than the entire list, so Staff was not astonished that our request for election system funding was outside of that top 15 list. However, this will require that we work diligently with Executive Appropriations Committee to prioritize this request.
- Sadly, House Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Environmental Standing Committee ran out of time to hear from Representative Stratton on his resource management bills but will be heard on Thursday, February 15th at 7:45 a.m.
- House Revenue and Taxation Committee heard HB111, Community Reinvestment Agency Modifications. Lincoln Shurtz spoke to this bill and clarified to committee members on practices of RDA and CDA models and how this bill can be used in counties and cities/towns. In the end, the committee had many questions for the sponsor and held the bill in committee.