In previous weeks, we covered Voting Rights and Elections, Education, Environment and Health.
Today, we cover two areas: Public Safety and Immigration.
is today’s first focus. Below are some notable public safety bills introduced this Session.
In most cases, “public safety” is a misnomer, as most of the bills appear, in reality, to be about the safety of the bank accounts of certain corporate interests and their lobbyists.
- would authorize K-12 schools and community colleges to have school marshals who would be allowed to carry guns and make arrests, and require that schools allow employees to keep ammo and unloaded guns in their cars. Research has debunked the gun lobby’s claims that “gun-free zones” invite mass shootings.
Dead. Strong citizen protest. No hearings.
- would make any government entity that establishes a “gun-free zone” liable for damages “if a reasonable person would believe that possession of a firearm could have helped the person defend against the criminal conduct.”
: Probably dead. Passed Senate committees by party-line vote. Failed to pass full Senate, 13-16.
● FIRE SPRINKLERS AND FIREWORKS
- would ban cities from requiring businesses to install fire sprinklers, unless they are already renovating.
: Passed House by party-line vote. No Senate hearings to date. Pending.
- would allow sale of “multiple tube aerial device” fireworks in Maricopa and Pima counties. Shoot 9 to 15 exploding rockets 100 feet into the air. Accounted for 500 injuries in the U.S. in 2018. Sponsor, David Gowan (LD-14), works for TNT Fireworks, whose lobbyists wrote the bill.
: Probably dead. Failed initial vote in Senate 14-15. Passed on vote to reconsider. Not transmitted to House. Would require a strike-everything amendment in House.
● MOTOR VEHICLES.
- would let motorcycles pass between lanes at under 15 mph on a 45 mph street, a practice that is legal
in California. Danger to bikers from cars changing lanes, and unnerving for automobile drivers.
: Dead. No hearings in House.
- would weaken state penalties for high-speed traffic violations and eliminate points on people’s licenses when they get speeding tickets. Would also likely cause insurance rates to increase.
Passed Senate on party-line vote. Pending in House. No hearings to date.
- would ban the use of unmarked police cars for traffic enforcement.
: Dead. Passed in committee by party-line vote. Not passed by full House.
● PRODUCT SAFETY
- would place additional limits on product liability.
: Dead. Passed in committee by party-line vote. Retained on House calendar.
GOOD BILL - CHILD SAFETY
- would require children under 2 years of age to ride in a rear-facing child restraint system, unless the child is at least 40” tall or weighs at least 40 pounds.
: Probably dead. Passed House committees with bipartisan support. No floor vote in House.