Dead and alive
The state Legislature moves into a new phase of action this week. The two Houses will start considering general bills that already have passed the chamber or origination. In other words, the House will consider bills that already have passed the Senate and vice versa.
Bills still alive include:
- A statewide Youth Court at a cost of about $5.5 million. This bill also would set up a task force to look at establishing a separate state agency to deal with troubled children. Originated in the Senate.
- An expansion of the the alternative school program to the elementary-age level. Districts could apply for state grants to set up an alternative school for students who disrupt the regular classroom. Originated in the Senate.
- Additional prosecutors at a cost of about $2 million. Originated in the Senate.
- A pilot Teen Court. This would allow a Youth Court judge to come into schools and use students as jurors. Originated in the Senate.
-Two jails to house juveniles convicted as adults. The prisons have a total price tag of about $40 million. Originated in the Senate.
- A change in the initiative law to prevent people from being paid for each signature they gather for an initiative proposal. The state allows the citizens to bypass the Legislature and gather signatures to have issues placed on the ballot. The bill would not stop someone from being paid to gather signatures, but would prevent a person from being paid per signature. Originated in the House.
- A requirement that a school district hold a referendum to raise taxes above 50 mills or to hold a referendum each time taxes are raised once the 50-mill level is reached. Originated in the House.
-A measure to provide more protection for chicken growers who contract with producers. Originated in the House.
- Measures to close some loopholes in the state's driving-under-the-influence law. Versions from the House and Senate.
- The motor voter law. This would allow people to register to vote at various agencies where government services are performed. For instance, people could register to vote when renewing their driver's licenses. Originated in the Senate.
- A prepaid college tuition plan. Versions from the House and Senate.
Bills that have been killed include:
- A measure to set up a mechanism to recall elected officials. Died in the House.
- A measure to place names on the election ballot in alphabetical order. Died in the House.
- A proposal to allow supervisors to gravel driveways. Died in the Senate.
- A proposal to allow supervisors to dig graves. Died in the Senate.
- A proposal to allow podiatrists to have more power in treating foot ailments. Died in the House.
-A proposal to break up the Jackson Public School District. Died in the Senate.
- A proposal to increase the penalty for carrying a concealed weapon. Died in the House.