The following 32 state legislatures are meeting actively this week: ALABAMA, ALASKA, ARIZONA, CALIFORNIA, CONNECTICUT, COLORADO, DELAWARE, FLORIDA, HAWAII, ILLINOIS, IOWA, KANSAS, KENTUCKY, LOUISIANA, MAINE, MARYLAND, MASSACHUSETTS, MICHIGAN, MINNESOTA, MISSISSIPPI, MISSOURI, NEBRASKA, NEW HAMPSHIRE, NEW JERSEY, NEW YORK, OHIO, OKLAHOMA, RHODE ISLAND, SOUTH CAROLINA, TENNESSEE, VERMONT and WISCONSIN.
Also meeting: DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, PUERTO RICO
The State Legislative Leaders Foundation will hold its Annual Leadership Summit-From the White House to the State House: Lessons in Presidential Leadership March 27-29 in Little Rock, Arkansas.
The Assembly Committee on Human Services met March 25 to discuss A.B. 1819, which prohibits the smoking of tobacco in a private residence that is licensed as a family day care home.
The Senate Governmental Organization Committee held a hearing March 25 to discuss S.B. 912, which relates to nutrition standards for vending machines in state facilities.
The Senate Health Committee will hold a hearing March 26 to discuss S.B. 1381, which requires the labeling of genetically modified foods.
Voter Registration bill SB 1105 is set to be heard by the Senate Education Committee on April 2, 2014. This bill would require the standardized student financial aid application, if the application is submitted online, to permit the applicant to apply to register to vote online by submitting an affidavit of registration electronically on the secretary of state's website.
The Senate Commerce and Tourism Committee met March 24 to consider S.B. 1524, which provides additional consumer protections, timely notifications of potential security breaches and creates a barrier for consumers from identity theft and fraud.
The Senate Community Affairs Committee met March 25 to consider S.B. 900, which provides for partnerships between state universities and private entities for construction or improvement by private entities of facilities or projects used predominantly for public purposes.
Omnibus election bill SB 1660 was scheduled to be heard today by the Senate Committee on Ethics and Elections on March 17 at 4:30 p.m. This bill makes various changes to the election law. Among other things, this bill would establish online registration; with certain exceptions including voters aged 65 and older and military voters, first-time voters who are online registrants would not be permitted to vote by mail. Absentee ballot requests by online registrants would be required to give the reason meeting the exception. The bill also limits the sites at which supervisors can accept or receive completed absentee ballots. Amendments filed would add potential early voting sites under certain circumstances.
Early Voting bill SB 1566 was introduced. The bill would delete the enumerated list of locations allowed to be designated as early voting sites and would allow the Supervisor of Elections to designate any location as an early voting site.
Early Voting bill HB 1307 was referred to Ethics and Elections Subcommittee; Local and Federal Affairs Committee; State Affairs Committee. The bill would delete the enumerated list of locations allowed to be designated as early voting sites and would allow the Supervisor of Elections to designate any location as an early voting site.
Felon Voting Rights bill HJR 1339 was referred to Criminal Justice Subcommittee; Ethics and Elections Subcommittee; Judiciary Committee
The bill would amend the Florida constitution to restore eligibility to vote and to run for office to persons convicted of most felonies upon completion of sentence. Individuals convicted of a felony involving homicide or of a felony of a sexual nature would still require the restoration of civil rights. The bill would also restore rights to those adjudicated mentally incompetent upon removal of disability.
Felon Voting Rights bill SJR 1612 was introduced. The bill would amend the Florida constitution to restore eligibility to vote and to run for office to persons convicted of most felonies upon completion of sentence. Individuals convicted of a felony involving homicide or of a felony of a sexual nature would still require the restoration of civil rights. The bill would also restore rights to those adjudicated mentally incompetent upon removal of disability.
The Senate Labor and Commerce Committee will meet March 26 to discuss S.B. 2789, which requires employers to provide paid sick time to their employees; S.B. 2943, which provides that bullying is prohibited in the workplace and S.B. 3105, which provides that an employer must provide up to 12 weeks of unpaid family medical leave to an employee to care for a grandparent or a grandchild.
The House Committee on Transportation, Highways and Public Works met March 24 to discuss H.B. 896, which prohibits the use of photo speed enforcement devices on state maintained roads.
The Senate Finance Committee will meet March 26 to discuss H.B. 229, which prohibits importation, selling or offering for sale any child care product containing TDCPP flame-retardant chemicals.
The House Energy and Technology Committee met March 25 to discuss H.B. 5184, which addresses renewable portfolio standards.
The House Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture Finance Committee met March 25 to discuss H.F. 605, which addresses protecting children from harmful chemicals.
The Senate Commerce Committee held a hearing March 25 to discuss H.B. 1407, which prohibits an employer from requiring an employee or prospective employee to disclose his or her social media or e-mail passwords.
The Office of Energy and Planning will hold a meeting March 28 to discuss the development of a state energy strategy.
The Senate Environment and Energy Committee will meet March 27 to hear S.B. 151, which addresses the states required participation in Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.
The Senate Environment and Energy Committee will meetMarch 27 to hear S.B. 1376, which would establish a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing for the purpose of natural gas exploration or production until certain federal laws are changed.
Voter ID bill SB 1284 is scheduled to be heard by the House Rules Committee on March 26 at 10:30 a.m. This bill provides that an expired driver license and expired passport cannot be used for identification purposes when voting.
The Higher Education Commission will accept comments through March 27 regarding proposed rule amendments related to the authorization and regulation of postsecondary institutions.
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