This week’s e-legislative update, prepared and delivered by Michael Valdez, CBA’s Director of Legislative Affairs, discussed three interesting bills: a bill that proposes to necessitate coins to be allowed as payment for any business; a bill repealing antiquated rules about libel; and a bill encouraging judicial oversight of guardians and conservators.
From the Legislative Policy Committee
The LPC met on Friday, March 2 and considered a relatively light docket of bills:
SB 137 – Gold and Silver Coin Payment of Debts. The LPC followed the recommendation of the Civil Rights Committee and voted to oppose SB 137 – Gold and Silver Coin Payment of Debts. The bill states that gold and silver coin issued by the US government or authorized by law is currency that is legal tender for the payment of all debts between the citizens of the state. Under the bill, a person cannot compel any other person to tender or accept gold or silver coin issued by the US government or authorized by law. The Civil Rights Committee asserted that the bill invades the constitutional powers of Congress and thus exceeds the express limitations on state powers. The bill died on the floor of the Senate on 2nd Reading later in the morning of March 2 – coincidence – you judge for yourself.
SB102 – Repeal the Crime of Libel. The LPC delayed action on a request from the Civil Rights Committee to support SB102 – Repeal the Crime of Libel. The LPC has asked the Civil Rights Committee and staff to research and report additional information to the LPC.
At the Capitol – Week Seven
HB 1074 – Judicial Oversight Of Guardians & Conservators. On Wednesday, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved, on a unanimous vote, HB 1074 – Judicial Oversight Of Guardians & Conservators. The Judiciary Committee loved the bill so much that they moved the bill to the consent calendar for 2nd Reading. (The “Consent Calendar” is the equivalent of a legislative Slam Dunk. Bills are called up in a group and passed without debate unless someone raises and objection.)
HB 1262 – Amend UCC Article 9 (Secured Transactions). On Friday, March 2, the House approved HB 1262 – Amend UCC Article 9 (Secured Transactions). The bill passed easily and without objection or amendment.