Bad Bills: Dead or Alive? (Mostly Dead)

       The lawmaking process was designed to make it hard to pass legislation. That’s obviously a two-edged sword, but lately it has been working in our favor. Lots of bad bills died before the Legislature gaveled out at midnight on Day 60. In all 279 bills passed as completed legislation and were sent to the governor. Out of the 2,575 that were introduced, 529 actually passed out of one or the other chamber. Additional complications – when a bill that’s passed over to the other chamber is amended by that chamber, it has to then return to the house of origin for those changes to be approved or further amended. So a bill in this situation can bounce back and forth between the House and Senate several times before it’s agreed to and sent to the governor (or not). See what I mean?

       Read through to see how our issues fared and how many really horrible bills fell short of the finish line. A short list of the worst to fail includes the Women’s Bill of Wrongs; the Lock Up the Librarians/book banning bill; as well as the timbering in state parks, anti-carbon offset agreements, anti-air monitoring and welfare for Diversified Energy bills. Notice I’ve given more accurate nick-names to these bills as the ‘official’ titles often are 180 degrees backwards on what they actually do. 

       On the other hand, several good bills we were supporting fell to opposition by the majority party and special interests. Some of these were the solar net metering & community solar bills; support for child care for working families; addressing the Medicaid funding shortfall; support for foster kids and families; and more. So many needs of the state went ignored while we fought over divisive social issues. The monied special interests pulling the strings want to keep us fighting amongst ourselves over these ‘woke’ vs ‘conservative’ issues while they’re laughing all the way to the bank with their latest corporate welfare haul.


Great Reporting: Shout Out to the Statehouse Press Corps

       Even if the news itself isn’t always good, we are fortunate to have an amazing statehouse press corps. ICYMI, here are a few wrap-ups from the folks that work hard to keep us informed on all that happens under the gold dome. You’ll also find lots of relevant articles on the bills we’ve been sending updates and action alerts about throughout the session in our searchable news archive


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