By Chris Paddie
State Representative for District 9, which includes Harrison and Marion counties
Last week was a busy one in Austin. Friday was the bill filing deadline for both the House and Senate and we saw a record number of filings in both chambers.
I filed some final pieces of legislation as well last week. Many of these bills will serve to streamline our government by removing unnecessary and burdensome regulations from current law.
I also filed legislation that will remove unused committees from state government. Many times, a committee, board or commission is established for a singular purpose or to address an issue that is eventually resolved. However, once the issue is resolved, the entity stays in state law. I am working with our elected statewide leaders to remove these obsolete government bodies from our laws.
The House State Affairs Committee had its first meeting last week, during which it heard HB 35, the fetal remains bill. This bill would ensure that the remains of a deceased fetus, either as the result of an abortion or of natural causes, are treated with dignity and given the same respect we give to other deceased persons.
This week, the State Affairs Committee will be hearing the sanctuary cities bill. I look forward to a thorough…
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