Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Legislative Infobits: Unions, Booze, and Voter ID

A few interesting notes from today's legislative activity.

HB 50 is one of several bills relating to unions that the House acted upon today.  HB 50 states that people cannot be forced to join a union or contribute to a union, and that a strike or other action that directly or indirectly imposes those conditions on people, is illegal and can be punished by a $1000 fine or 6 months in jail.  As I read it, and I'm not a lawyer, that would outlaw all strikes.  The lead sponsor of this bill is State Rep. Metcalfe (go figure).

Note to college students -- HB 1264 has college police officers (or security) notify the school AND the student's parents if a student is found to have alcohol in his or her possession.   The definitions of types of school seem a little odd to me and I wonder if some categories are left out.  The lead sponsor is State Rep. Kavulich.

Remember Voter ID?  It's still here.  HB 1295 shifts some of the definitions so that student IDs and care facility id's are acceptable even if they don't have an expiration date.

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