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This report was released Friday, Dec. 18. On Thursday, Dec. 17, the House was in past midnight, so this report does not include its votes for that day. A brief supplement be published next Tuesday.

House Bill 5846: Repeal drivers license suspension penalty in many laws

To repeal provisions that authorize the state to revoke, suspend or deny an individual’s drivers license for violations of a large number of laws, many unrelated to driving or vehicles. This is part of a bipartisan legislative package that makes similar changes in other laws.

Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate

Sen. Ruth Johnson (R-Dist. 14)   YES

Sen. Jim Runestad (R-Dist. 15)   YES

Sen. Lana Theis (R-Dist. 22)   YES

Sen. Jim Ananich (D-Dist. 27)   YES

Sen. Ken Horn (R-Dist. 32)   YES

House Bill 4488: Limit using criminal background to bar occupational licensure - To limit the use of criminal records to determine whether an individual is eligible to get an occupational license mandated by the state, which is required to earn a living in many professions. Specifically, with some exceptions a licensing board or agency could not consider past civil judgments or lawsuits against an individual, or the mere fact of a criminal conviction, as evidence of a “lack of good moral character.” This is one of several bills amending different license laws.

Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate

Sen. Ruth Johnson (R-Dist. 14)   YES

Sen. Jim Runestad (R-Dist. 15)   YES

Sen. Lana Theis (R-Dist. 22)   YES

Sen. Jim Ananich (D-Dist. 27)   YES

Sen. Ken Horn (R-Dist. 32)   YES

Senate Bill 1256: Restrict county road commission power to regulate and tax “5G” - To include county road commissions in a 2018 law that caps the amount the state and local governments can charge for zoning, permits and other fees imposed on these “5G” networks. The bill would limit the power of county road commissions to regulate and tax this industry.

Passed 36 to 2 in the Senate

Sen. Ruth Johnson (R-Dist. 14)   YES

Sen. Jim Runestad (R-Dist. 15)   YES

Sen. Lana Theis (R-Dist. 22)   YES

Sen. Jim Ananich (D-Dist. 27)   YES

Sen. Ken Horn (R-Dist. 32)   YES

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