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...
Bipartisan Supplemental Budget Proposal Last Wednesday the Senate overwhelmingly approved a supplemental budget proposal that is projected to balance over four years and prioritizes education without raising taxes. Since this is the first time in six years that we have entered session without a budget deficit hanging over our heads, we were able to... Read More...
E-News Legislative Update Dear Friends and Neighbors, On Saturday, Rep. Liz Pike and I hosted two in-district town hall meetings. It was great to see many of you there – thank you for joining us and voicing your concerns! It’s hard to believe March is already here, which leaves us with less than... Read More...