Today in the Legislature

Friday, March 07, 2014 - 04:29 PM

Minimum Wage Bill Passes in Senate

The Senate passed 36 bills on third reading and amended and adopted House Joint Resolution 108, the Nonprofit Youth Organization Tax Exemption Support Amendment. One of the bills is House Bill 4005, which increases criminal offenses for child neglect. House Bill 4006, also passed, defines crimes and increases penalties for the possession and distribution of child pornography. Another bill is House Bill 4283,  which would raise the minimum wage. All three bills now move back to the House for approval before completing legislation. 

Of the bills passed, 13 bills completed legislation. House Bill 4196, one of the bills that completed legislation, would require the Workforce Investment Council to provide local workforce investment boards information and guidance to better educate men and women about higher paying jobs. 

The Senate received three messages from the House and refused to concur and pass two bills that the House amended. House Bill 4236, relating to the sexual assault examination network, and House Bill 4619, which authorizes innovation school districts, will go to conference committees. The Senate suspended rules and passed House Bill 4621, which relates to funds of the Board of Risk and Insurance Management, Patient Injury Compensation Fund from the Board of Risk and Insurance Management Medical Liability Fund, and now has completed legislative action. 

The Senate is in recess until 4 p.m. 

The following committees will meet today:

  • Finance at 3:30 p.m. in room 451M
  • Judiciary at 3:30 p.m. in room 208W

The following committees will meet tomorrow:

  • Confirmations at 10:30 a.m.



The Senate reconvened this evening to read 32 bills a second time, including House Bill 4588, which prohibits abortion after twenty weeks. The bill was amended and advanced to third reading. 

Additionally, House Bill 4552, which relates to the court of claims, was passed after the bill was read a third time.

The Senate passed the House amended version of Senate Bill 373, the water resources protection bill, after the Senate amended it. The bill now moves to the House to concur and pass.    

The Senate is adjourned until 11 a.m. 

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