IN THE NEWS: Things Legislature did not do were for the best   Things Legislature did not do were for the best By Sen. Ann Rivers | Published: April 6, 2014, 6:00 AM Since this year’s legislative session concluded March 13, exactly as scheduled, the published reviews I’ve seen tend to only focus on certain things that did not happen during our... Read More...
E-News Legislative Update Dear Friends and Neighbors, For the first time in five years, the Legislature completed its work and adjourned on time last Thursday. We passed a strong, bipartisan supplemental operating budget that will serve our state well. Please continue reading – I include more details about the approved budget below. Unfortunately,... Read More...
Medical-marijuana market remains at risk, bill fails in final hours In a disappointing turn of events late today, the House of Representatives failed to reach an agreement on Sen. Ann Rivers’ bipartisan medical-marijuana measure before the Legislature adjourned for the year. Rivers said the fiscal details that ultimately caused the bill’s demise weren’t enough of a reason to leave patients... Read More...
Senate approves Rivers’ patient-focused medical-marijuana bill The Senate approved a measure Saturday that would set the necessary framework and oversight surrounding medical marijuana to establish its place in the market alongside the 2012 voter-approved law allowing the recreational use of marijuana. Sen. Ann Rivers, R-La Center, introduced Senate Bill 5887 last year but said the measure... Read More...
Banner day for Rivers, three bills headed to the governor With just over a week remaining in the 2014 regular session, Sen. Ann Rivers has three bills headed to the governor, thanks to the near-unanimous approval by the House of Representatives Wednesday. The three measures couldn’t be more different, spanning from health care to consumer privacy to victim protection, but... Read More...
Legislation Update I have several bills still alive and well in the legislative process. I’ll continue to keep you updated about them but in the meantime, please let me know if you have any questions. Senate Bill 5887 – this measure would reconcile the medical and recreational marijuana markets. It’s a bill... Read More...