- H.57 Abortion Rights: This bill proposes to recognize as a fundamental right the freedom of reproductive choice and to prohibit public entities from interfering with or restricting the right of an individual to terminate the individual’s pregnancy. The bill passed out of the House Thursday, February 21st and is not in the Senate. Follow the link at the beginning of this bullet item for the details of my votes.
- H.39 Delaying Forced School Consolidation: This started as a proposed amendment to the Budget Adjustment Act. Because it was controversial and because it is important to get the Budget Adjustment Act passed soon, the amendment was withdrawn with the understanding that it would come before us as a bill. In general, it delays the forced merging of school districts.
- S.86 Raising the age for smoking from 18 to 21: The most recent version of this bill changes the date for when the bill will go into effect to September 1st of 2019. This change in smoking age will result in some lost revenue to the state. Funds raised by the sale of tobacco products are matched by federal funds and used by the state's Medicaid Program. This Fiscal Note explains the financial implications of the bill. That note also explains that there will be some health care savings.