Legislative roundup

Posted: Sunday, April 02, 2006

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Bills voted on last week:

• Therapeutic courts (passed House): HB 441 would allow courts to require certain offenders found guilty of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs to attend treatment programs.

Vote - Ayes: 35; Nays: 0; excused: 2; absent: 3

Rep. Beth Kerttula (D) - Aye

Rep. Bruce Weyhrauch (R) - Absent

• Workers' compensation covering diseases (passed House): HB 31 would allow employees in certain occupations to receive compensation for diseases caused by their work.

Vote - Ayes: 34; Nays: 3; excused: 2; absent: 1

Rep. Beth Kerttula (D) - Aye

Rep. Bruce Weyhrauch (R) - Absent

• Operating budget (passed House): HB 365 appropriates funds to various state departments and programs for the next fiscal year.

Vote - Ayes: 26; Nays: 13; excused: 1

Rep. Beth Kerttula (D) - Nay

Rep. Bruce Weyhrauch (R) - Aye

• Use of force (passed Senate): SB 200 would allow residents to not be liable for a death of another individual in the case of defense against oneself, other people or property.

Vote - Ayes: 17; Nays: 2; excused: 1

Sen. Kim Elton (D) - Nay

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