Observations and comments about state government by State Representative Robert W. Pritchard.
Of the 623 bills passed by the legislature this year, the Governor vetoed 18. The House considered seven of those bills last week and over turned the Governor on six of them. Here are a few highlights:
HB 4836 – Creates the Sunshine Commission Act. Provides for the appointment by legislative leaders of a Sunshine Commission, consisting of 4 legislators and 4 public members, to conduct a thorough review of the relevance, efficiency, and effectiveness of each “state executive branch program”.
HB 5055 – Allows the lender in mortgage foreclosures to select the county sheriff, any judge or a private real estate broker or auctioneer to conduct the foreclosure sale. Currently only the county sheriff can conduct the sale. Counties have relied on the sale revenue to offset staff time in conducting the sale.
HB 5154 – Amends the Personnel Record Review Act to prohibit the disclosure of personnel performance evaluations under the Freedom of Information Act.
HB 5206 – Provides that, whether or not an electronic reporting system of death registrations has been established, the county clerk must cancel the voter registrations of deceased persons on a monthly basis.
HB 6065 – Creates the Care of Students with Diabetes Act. In schools without a full time nurse, a student may self-manage diabetes care and a parent or guardian may find a school employee to help the child.
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