Patrick said he will work to bar transgender-friendly bathrooms, increase criminal penalties for selling fetal tissue, overturn "sanctuary city" policies that discourage the enforcement of immigration laws, and promote school choice by letting students attend private schools with public education money.
Patrick also will push for a new voter ID law to replace one the federal courts partially blocked as discriminatory, as well as property tax reform and a cap on state spending.
Other Democratic priorities will be affordable college tuition, child safety, access to health care and increasing voter participation, Howard said.
Ride hailing targeted
Heading into each 140-day legislative session, the first Monday after the general election is the first opportunity for legislators to file bills and get a jump on framing agendas for the session.
House members submit legislation electronically, but senators must produce paper copies, and the line outside the calendar clerk's office formed well before
More than 500 bills were filed by
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To negate a patchwork of ride-hailing regulations in
Hoping to go further, a bill by Sen.
Another Hall bill would allow businesses to provide shopping bags "made from any material," eliminating bag bans enacted by
Among other bills filed Monday:
--To crack down on state agencies that offered emergency leave as a form of severance pay, Sen.
--Nelson, who is chairwoman of the
--For the fourth consecutive session, Rep.
Other proposed bills would cap property tax increases, outlaw red-light cameras, allow firefighters and emergency medical personnel to carry a firearm on duty, and reduce penalties for personal use of marijuana.
Bill filing will continue through
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