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Day 36: Tin Foil Hats

March 5, 2013

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In the House Economic Development and Workforce Services, I presented

SJR011 Joint Resolution on Environmental and Developmental Policies (Weiler) This bill rejects United Nations Agenda 21 and urges state and local governments across the United States to reject it and any grant money or financial aid attached to it.

SJR11 says Agenda 21, adopted in 1992, is a plan for sustainable development that views private property ownership, single family homes, private car ownership, individual travel choices, and privately owned farms as destructive to the environment. And that social justice is described as the right and opportunity of all people to benefit equally from the resources afforded citizens by society and the environment, which would be accomplished by redistribution of wealth.

Since this is an anti-United Nations resolutions, there were a lot of jokes about tin foil hats. Here I am in mine with Sen. Dabakis:

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Today in Senate Rules Standing Committee, we heard

SJR003 Joint Rules Resolution on Submitting and Numbering Legislation (A. Osmond) This joint resolution amends JR4-2-101 in relation to the deadlines and procedures for
filing a request for legislation and the requirements relating to numbering a bill or resolution by short title only. It says a legislator may not file a request for legislation after noon on the second Monday in January, unless, on or after the first day of the general session, a constitutional majority of both the House and the Senate approve a motion to draft and introduce the bill or resolution. By the second Monday in January, each legislator shall, for each Request for Legislation on file with the Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel, either approve the request for numbering or abandon the request. A bill or resolution that is numbered by short title only shall be accompanied by a written statement posted on the Legislature’s website for public viewing that describes the objectives and provisions of the bill or resolution.

In the House Natural Resources Committee, I presented this:

SB0104S02 Vulnerable Users of Highways Amendments (Weiler) prohibits a driver from operating a motor vehicle within three feet of a vulnerable user of a highway. An operator of a motor vehicle may not knowingly, intentionally, or recklessly: distract or attempt to distract a vulnerable user of a highway for a purpose unrelated to public safety; or force or attempt to force a vulnerable user of a highway off of the roadway for the purpose of causing violence or injury. The list of vulnerable highway users includes bicycle and animal riders, tractor drivers, and people on skates, skateboards and mopeds.

In Senate Business and Labor, we considered the following bills:

SB0237 Taxation of Short-term Lodging (Adams) exempts transactions related to short-term lodging that are now subject to state and local sales and use taxes.

SB0249 Salvage and Nonrepairable Vehicle Amendments (Urquhart) modifies rules for buying and selling them.

SB0251 Truth in Advertising (Shiozawa) prohibits the use of the term “medical” or similar terms by a facility that performs cosmetic medical procedures unless the facility has a doctor on the premises at least 75% of the time the facility is open.

SB0256 Preconstruction and Construction Liens Amendments (Jenkins) changes the name of a notice of retention described in Section 38-1a-401 to a notice of preconstruction service; and provides that all preconstruction liens on a project property are on equal footing.

SB0261 Amendments Related to Alcoholic Beverage Control (Valentine) modifies the Alcoholic Beverage Control Act to address a variety of issues concerning the regulation of alcoholic products.

HB0238 Cosmetology and Hair Braiding (Dunnigan) reduces the curriculum requirement for being licensed as a cosmetologist from 2,000 hours to 1,600 hours and reduces the experience requirement for certain licensure applicants. It adds an exemption from licensure for a person who engages in hair braiding and does not engage in other activity requiring licensure. It adds certain eyelash and eyebrow treatments to the practice of basic esthetics and modifies what constitutes unlawful conduct under the act, particularly performing a service for compensation without a license. Amended: requires that licensed schools under the act be recognized as institutions of postsecondary study by meeting certain requirements; reduces the curriculum requirement for being licensed as a cosmetologist from 2,000 hours to 1,600 hours for a student who begins study after January 1, 2013.

HB0202 Energy Conservation Code Amendments (Wilson) adopts the 2012 edition of the International Energy Conservation Code.

HB0310 Construction Code Amendments (Wilson) adopts the 2012 edition of certain nationally recognized building codes.

HB0240 Alcohol Service in Restaurants (Fisher) clarifies that a full-service restaurant licensee may not sell, offer for sale, or furnish an alcoholic product except after the full-service restaurant licensee confirms that the patron has the intent to order food prepared, sold, and furnished at the licensed premises.

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One Comment
  1. David Miller permalink

    Senator, if you want input from a Chapter 7 bankruptcy trustee about exemption amendments, I’m happy to give it. (I’m understanding you are Senate sponsor of HB0149s1 and have been involved in its development).

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