Legislative Update: March 17, 2019.

Legislative Update: March 17, 2019

Here’s the WCOG Bill Status Report as of Sunday, March 17.

Last Wednesday, March 13, was the cutoff date by which bills must have been voted out of their house of origin or be considered dead for this session, except for those necessary to implement the budget. Of the 87 bills we are tracking, 15 more died on Wednesday, leaving 34 still alive. Those bills have moved over to the opposite chamber when most are scheduled for hearings over the next week or so. The next cutoff date is April 3, by which bills must be voted out of policy committees.

Of the remaining WCOG priority bills, one more died, that being HB 1782 which would have required advisory committee meetings to be open under the Open Public Meetings Act; it faced strong opposition from organizations of agencies. HB 1667, which would extend the local government public records technology grant program and consultations programs, is still alive and needs support to move through the Senate. We continue to work to kill or amend HB 1195, which would eviscerate the ability for citizens to pursue private lawsuits for campaign finance violations that the attorney general refuses to prosecute, and HB 1692, which would make it much more difficult to public employees wrongly accused of sexual harassment to get records they need to clear their name. Please see the report for details on other bills.

We encourage you to contact legislators and ask them to vote against bills marked Oppose, to vote for bills marked Support, and to seek or support amendments to fix those marked Concerns.

Here is a summary of bills and upcoming hearings.

Here is our complete list of 2019 Legislative priorities.