SB 96, the main legislative priority of the Citizens Defense League, would prohibit municipalities from limiting the rights of individuals to purchase, possess, transfer, own, carry, transport, sell, or store deadly weapons or pepper spray in any manner inconsistent with or in conflict with state law. It would remove the authority of municipalities to prohibit possession of deadly weapons or pepper spray in an area where a temporary event is held (such as a public concert or fair). The bill would also restrict the award of reasonable attorney’s fees and costs to petitioners seeking redress under this law to only those that prevail. Senator Lindsay asked for an amendment exempting recreational centers but the amendment failed. The bill passed on a very quiet voice vote.
SB 195, which would make it easier for the administrator/executor to process the intent of the deceased. The purpose of this bill is to update the powers of a personal representative, trustee, administrator, or executor of a deceased person’s estate with respect to the disposition of conservation or preservation easements.
Committee Substitute for SB 665 passed with little discussion. It would require persons convicted of certain felonies since March 9, 1995, provide a DNA sample.
Both the Senate and the House are taking up an unusual number of each other’s bills which is not typical. Senate Judiciary took up a House bill that has been around for a few years so this may be the year it actually passes! HB 2086 creates the Uniform Real Property Electronic Recording Act. It provides for recording of electronic documents and requires any county clerk implementing the provisions of the act to comply with established standards. It authorizes but does not require county clerks to receive, index, store, archive and transmit electronic documents. The Secretary of State would be the designated chair of the advisory committee created in the bill.
A strike & insert amendment was presented for HB 4007, creating the Born Alive Survivor’s Protection Act. It requires the same degree of medical assistance if the fetus being aborted meets the definition of “born alive.” Senator Romano asked Senate Counsel if he’d ever heard of this situation. “We couldn’t find any incidents,” responded Counsel. The bill passed on another very quiet voice vote.