Capitol Update

 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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