Plenty of bills at the state Capitol have already been introduced, and some of them are definite eye-brow raisers. A few are obvious and have been a long time coming, such as the Democratic measure to establish civil unions for gay couples, and some have flown under the radar, such as an abortion ban from a lone Republican legislator.
The Make My Day Better bill has been run in vain by Republicans for several years; it’s an extension of the Make My Day law, which allows homeowners to use deadly force against intruders. Make My Day Better would extend the law to businesses.
The abortion ban came out of nowhere and took many Republicans by surprise, and several expressed disdain for the measure, since it’s a virtual certainty that Democrats will kill it immediately.
Here are a few of the noteworthy measures introduced on Wednesday:
SB 11 — civil unions
SB 25 – collective bargaining for firefighters
HB 1012 - extend wildfire mitigation financial incentives
HB 1020 – testing evidence of sexual assault
HB 1021 – improving school attendance
HB 1032 – offenses against unborn children
HB 1033 – abortion ban
HB 1048 - Make My Day Better
HB 1050 – secretary of state cancelling voter registration of non-citizens