Responding to the Freedom Industries chemical spill
This week marked the passing of two important days in the legislature’s calendar. Monday the 17th was the last day for bills to be introduced. Yesterday, Friday the 21st, was the last day for bills to be voted out of committee in their house of origin. (Technically, the deadline is Sunday, but since committees don’t typically meet on the weekend, it was effectively Friday).
Not a whole lot happened with SB 373 this week – but that’s ok, because SB 373 was introduced in the Senate and has already made it through all of the Senate committees, so it didn’t run afoul of any deadlines. SB 373 is still before the House Judiciary Committee. House Judiciary is expected to vote on the bill early next week.
Because last Monday came and went without any bill introduced to implement the Chemical Safety Board’s recommendation of a Hazardous Chemical Release Prevention Program, the only way to get that into law this year is now to have it amended into SB 373.
Thus, here is the amended list of talking points for contacting House Judiciary Committee members about SB 373: