Highlights from the Legislature on Friday
February 22, 2008
– The Senate gave initial backing to a proposal (Senate Bill 82) allowing liquor stores to open on Sundays. It must pass another vote before moving to the House.- The Senate gave initial backing to making it illegal to sell pornography to children. People who use porn to help them sexually abuse children could also be charged with a felony under the measure (Senate Bill 125). It’s not clear if the bill will survive as is because lawmakers usually reject proposals that would require money to put more people in prison. It will be reviewed by the Appropriations Committee next.- Agents who plan to represent a college athlete looking to turn professional would have to register with the state under a bill (House Bill 1058) that sailed out of the House on Friday. It now goes to the Senate.- Art lovers could sip wine as they stroll through galleries under a bill that won initial approval in the House. The measure (House Bill 1105) would limit the number of people who could attend a gallery event where wine is served and would require compliance with liquor permit laws. It faces a third reading before going to the Senate.- The House gave initial approval to a measure (Senate Bill 24) that bars sports teams and other venue operators from limiting how people can resell their tickets. The bill faces a third reading in the House.- The House gave initial approval to legislation regulating payday lenders (House Bill 1310) that would cap the annual interest rate charged consumers at 45 percent. The bill faces a third reading before going to the Senate.