19
Jan

Senate Set to Act on Voting Rights

This morning, on a mostly partisan vote, the Senate passed the Voting Rights Act HB 6002.  Concerns voiced by County Auditors resonated with the Chamber as evidenced by an amendment sponsored by Sen. Darnielle that removed the most problematic provisions pertaining to ranked choice voting.   Otherwise, the bill remains unchanged.  The House is yet to pull their version to

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14
Jan

Wrongful Death Bill Thursday

Senate version of wrongful death bill will be heard on Thursday.  SB 6015, the companion bill to the wrongful death bill, HB 2262, heard in the House last week. The bill amends the current wrongful death statute by: Removing dependency requirements for claimants; Allowing parents to bring an action for children over 18 years old; Expanding noneconomic covered damages; and

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14
Jan

The Voting Rights Act: Packed Hearings, Packed Agendas.

Early last week, both the House and Senate held hearings on competing visions for the Voting Rights Act.  Not surprisingly, interest in the issue was heavy, with individuals and interest groups wishing to testify on the issue overwhelming the hearing rooms, forcing the public into overflow rooms and causing other agenda items to be bumped.  The Senate has already passed their bill

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7
Jan

Voting Rights and Wrongful Death Legislation

Voting Rights Acts is a Top Priority for Democrats – Both the House and Senate will hear bills this week that could change whether your county elections take place countywide or are divided by voting district. They would also allow impacted voters to bring a case in state courts to challenge the system of elections, similar to the federal Voting

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