Today is the 75th day of session. Both Appropriations Committees heard bills this week, and a few of the other committees had executive
nominations or presentations. Floor calendars were moderately full in the Senate and very robust in the House.
To date 88 bills have passed, with 73 signed, and none vetoed.
HB2690; pawnbroker licensure; DPS
passed the Senate Appropriations Committee this week by a vote of 5-3. The bill would transfer the licensing and oversight of pawn shops
from counties and municipalities to the Department of Public Safety. The League opposed the measure as the current system is highly
successful at finding stolen property, and local governments have much more familiarity with establishments in their own communities.
The counties also opposed the bill, and no one signed in supporting the measure. The measure now goes to the Senate Rules Committee.
HB2350; post-traumatic stress disorder; occupational disease
unanimously passed the Senate Appropriations Committee. The bill, a product of stakeholder negotiations, was amended from Post-Traumatic
Stress Disorder as a presumptive disease to offering a public safety worker up to 12 therapy sessions if he or she was involved with a
traumatic workplace incident. These sessions are paid for by the employer. The measure now goes to the Senate Rules Committee.