|Senate Concurs with House and Passes SB 489, Sends 19 Bills to the House
The Senate quickly, and unanimously, concurred with the House Amendments to Senate Bill 489, the pharmacy benefit manager bill, Tuesday. The bill now goes to Governor Justice to either sign into law or veto.
The Senate also discussed 22 bills that were on third reading and up for passage, including a campaign finance bill.
Senate Bill 622, which would make numerous changes to the state’s regulation and oversight of campaign finance. Many changes relate to current federal regulation over federal elections. It raises independent expenditures from $1,000 to $5,000. The proposed legislation also raises the following:
· The bill permits contributions to a candidate in a primary or general election campaign up to $2,800 per election Current code permits contributions up to $1,000.
· The bill permits contributions to a state party executive committee, or a local subsidiary thereof, or to a caucus campaign committee of up to $10,000 per calendar year. Current code permits contributions up to $1,000 in a calendar year.
· The bill permits contributions to a PAC, of up to $5,000 per election. Current code permits contributions up to $1,000.
Senate removes preemption language from smoking bill
In a marathon floor session, senators Tuesday removed from Committee Substitute for Committee Substitute for SB 348 preemption language allowing veterans organizations such as the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars to establish smoking and non-smoking sections in their facilities..
The bill’s original purpose was to prevent those under the age of 21 from purchasing tobacco products. The permissive language for veterans’ organizations was added Friday in Senate Judiciary Committee, along with a host of other tobacco-prevention-endorsed measures, including prohibiting smoking in vehicles with under-18 children present.