Highlights from the Legislature on Monday
” The Senate voted 21-14 to give final approval to a measure (Senate Bill 143) allowing cities to use photo radar to catch speeders on streets with speed limits up to 55 mph. Currently, they can use it only near parks, schools, construction zones and streets with speed limits under 35 mph. Fines would be capped at $40. The measure now goes to the House.
” The Senate voted 23-12 to give final backing to a bill raising the trauma care fee on vehicle registrations from $1 to $2 to support rural ambulance service. The measure (Senate Bill 2) would bring in about $5 million a year to create 125 full-time paramedic and emergency medical technician jobs. It now goes to the House.
” The Senate gave final backing to requiring school buses to be equipped with seat belts over the next five years (Senate Bill 29). The measure was approved on a 21-13 vote and sent to the House.
” The Senate gave initial backing to allowing the partners of gay and lesbian state workers to get health insurance coverage (Senate Bill 88).
” The House started debate on more than $600 million in cuts and transfers to this year’s budget. The debate will continue Tuesday.
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