Time kills many good ideas at the Legislature. Are you curious about the bills that didn’t make it through this year?
We thought we’d take a look at the Senate side to see what died on Sunday (the last day for bills to be passed out of committee).
These are the bills that caught our attention this year. They are among the more than 450 bills in the Senate that couldn’t make it out of committee before the deadline.
In particular this year saw incredibly long floor sessions where much discussion and debate took place in the House and Senate chambers. There has been suggestion that these daily multi-hour floor sessions arose because many bills were not double-referenced, and so many of the debates that happened on the floor would normally have happened in committee, saving the Legislature time.
Whatever the reason, the following ideas will have to come back next year if they’re going to have a shot at becoming law.
Senate Bills that Died in 2016:
- Equal pay and earned sick time: SB 120; SB 471; SB 477
- Energy efficiency measures and residential solar energy: SB 96; SB 370; SB 98
- Small business and entrepreneurship support: SB 453; SB 67; SB 541; SB 550
- Dilapidated building mitigation mechanisms (including county and municipal demo agreements; homesteading, growing land banks and improving county tax sales): SB 28; HB 4444; HB 4390; SB 615; HB 4434
- Creating a Minority Economic Advisory Team for the Economic Development Authority: SB 649
- Local foods procurement and food safety: SB 390; SB 662
- Automatic voter registration of high school graduates: SB 142
- Prohibitions on sexual orientation discrimination: SB 518; SB 111
- Recreational use of abandoned railways: SB 683; SB 684
- Tourism promotion (including tourist-oriented directional signs… ): SB 45;
- Land conservation tax credits: SB 554