This afternoon, the Senate voted to approve Senate Bill 211, which would create a secondary offense of operating a motor vehicle while using a wireless communications device without hands-free technology, and a primary offense of texting while operating a motor vehicle.
House Bill 4078, which would extend certain deadlines mandated actions regarding higher education personnel, was passed by the Senate with amendments and has been referred to the House for concurrence. An additional four bills were passed by the Senate today. Those bills include: Senate Bill 360, which would grant the purchaser of personal property at a foreclosure sale the right of disposal provided notice has been given to the original owner; Senate Bill 429, which would expand the definition of Class A vehicles; Senate Bill 436, which would facilitate and encourage collaboration between the public school system and public higher education to promote programs of study and seamless curricula; and Senate Bill 470, which would require a medical examination performed by a member’s selected physician showing the member is mentally or physically totally incapacitated for service and that the disability is likely to be permanent.
Five bills were read for the first time today. Among them is Senate Bill 54, which would prohibit minors under the age of sixteen from obtaining a tattoo. In order for minors age 16 or older to obtain a tattoo, the bill would require that a parent or legal guardian be present at the tattoo studio and provide photo identification as well as written consent. Other bills on first reading included: Senate Bill 253, Senate Bill 414, Senate Bill 427, Senate Bill 434.
Fourteen bills were introduced, including Senate Bill 524, which would require annual Controlled Substance Monitoring Program database search by prescriptive authorities.
The following committees will meet today:
Judiciary (Joint Meeting) 2 p.m. - House Chamber
Agriculture- 2:15 p.m. 415- M
Finance 3 p.m. - 451 M
The following committees will meet tomorrow morning:
Economic Development 9 a.m. - 451 M
The Senate is adjourned until 11 a.m. tomorrow.