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March 4, 2024 Group Watch: Day-by-Day, Play-by-Play

Tuesday, 10th day: 

  • The House approved a general bill referred to as the CHOOSE Act, which established education savings accounts. 
  • The Senate passed bills to authorize sheriffs and chiefs of police to contract to provide school resource officers for nonpublic K-12 schools; to remove the Department of Insurance from the sunset process; to authorize the Board of Nursing to clarify scope of practice of certified nursing support technicians when disciplinary actions are taken; and to limit the liability of members of any community emergency response team who perform emergency care at the scene of an accident. 

Wednesday, 11th day and a committee day:

  • The House Children and Senior Advocacy Committee approved a bill to create the crimes of abuse and neglect of an adult in varying degrees. 
  • The House Education Policy Committee approved bills to require the posting of classroom curricula on the website of the school; to permit parents of enrolled students to request information on instructional materials (already passed the Senate); and to prohibit the use of three-cueing system of educational instruction in the curriculum. 
  • The House Constitution, Campaigns and Elections Committee approved a Senate-passed bill to prevent “ballot harvesting.”
  • The House Ways and Means General Fund Committee approved bills to make a supplemental appropriation from the American Rescue Plan Act to the Small Business Credit Initiative Fund and to provide that no benefit increase for retirees under ERS and TRS be paid unless granted by separate legislative act and creating no unfunded liability. 
  • The Senate Judiciary Committee approved a bill to further provide prohibitions on the possession of an electronic nicotine delivery system by individuals under 21 years of age. 
  • The Senate Education Policy Committee approved a bill to provide for the teaching of history in a fact-based and inclusive manner. 
  • The Senate Healthcare Committee approved two bills relating to in vitro fertilization.

Thursday, 12th day: 

  • The House passed bills to require fire-protection personnel and emergency medical services personnel to receive annual training related to individuals with sensory needs and certain disabilities; to prohibit the online distribution of materials harmful to minors and require age-verifications for certain sites; and to provide civil and criminal immunity for in vitro goods and services in certain circumstances. 
  • The Senate approved bills to exempt from sales and use tax certain purchases of diapers, baby supplies, baby formula, maternity clothing and female sanitary hygiene products and to provide civil and criminal immunity for in vitro goods and services in certain circumstances, with amendment.

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