Bills I’ve Introduced & Amendments I’ve Offered
H.599 AN ACT RELATING TO PERMITTING A SURVIVING SPOUSE TO RETAIN POSSESSION OF RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY SUBJECT TO A REVERSE MORTGAGE LOAN
Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes, in the case of a reverse mortgage loan to a borrower who dies leaving a surviving spouse who was not a co-borrower, to permit the surviving spouse to avoid foreclosure and retain possession of the residential property until the property is sold or the surviving spouse dies, defaults, or stops using the property as a principal residence.
H.603 AN ACT RELATING TO UNIDENTIFIED CORRIDORS
Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to:
(1) clarify the status after July 1, 2015 of town highways and trails that do not appear on a town highway map but are clearly observable by physical evidence; and
(2) define the meaning of the phrase “clearly observable by physical evidence.”
H.617 AN ACT RELATING TO REQUIRING THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY TO REPORT THE RECEIPT OF FEDERAL GRANTS TO THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY
Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to require the Department of Public Safety to report to the Joint Fiscal Committee and the House and Senate Committees on Judiciary any grants or equipment the Department receives from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security or any other federal agency.
H.662 AN ACT RELATING TO PARCELS ENTITLED TO A USE VALUE APPRAISAL
Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to permit certain parcels owned by people of 65 years of age to be considered agricultural land for the purpose of receiving a use value appraisal.
H.686 AN ACT RELATING TO CALCULATING THE COMMON LEVEL OF APPRAISAL FOLLOWING A TOWNWIDE REAPPRAISAL
Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to limit the change in a town’s common level of appraisal following a townwide reappraisal.
H.719 AN ACT RELATING TO PREVENTION OF DOUBLE TAXATION OF RETIREMENT BENEFITS FROM OTHER STATES
Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to prevent the double taxation of retirement benefits from other states.
H.721 AN ACT RELATING TO MOTORCYCLE HELMETS
Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to amend the motorcycle helmet law to provide that a person 21 years of age or older is not required to wear a helmet if he or she is properly maintaining financial responsibility, has successfully completed an approved motorcycle safety course, and has had a valid motorcycle endorsement for at least three years, and to provide that the motorcycle helmet law is subject to secondary enforcement by law enforcement officers.
H.732 AN ACT RELATING TO PROHIBITING THE STATE FROM USING AND PARTICIPATING IN THE COLLECTION OF ELECTRONIC DATA AND METADATA OBTAINED BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WITHOUT A WARRANT
Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to prohibit the State from assisting or participating in the collection of electronic data or metadata by the federal government or from using any of the data collected unless it is obtained pursuant to a warrant issued by a court.
H.813 AN ACT RELATING TO THE REGULATION OF MEDICAL MARIJUANA DISPENSARIES
Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to eliminate the restriction of a maximum of 1,000 registered patients who may obtain medical marijuana through a licensed dispensary; add amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and post-traumatic stress disorder as debilitating medical conditions for purposes of the medical marijuana registry; add naturopathic physicians to the list of health care providers who may attest to a patient’s illness; eliminate the six-month requirement for a health care professional-patient relationship in cases where the patient is terminally ill, the patient is a veteran diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, or the patient was previously on a registry in another state or jurisdiction; increase the limits of marijuana a dispensary may possess; authorize additional dispensaries on an as-needed basis as determined by the Department of Public Safety; permit dispensaries to deliver to patients pursuant to rules adopted by the Department of Public Safety; and permit a registered patient to grow marijuana within the possession limits even if he or she has designated a dispensary as long as the person does not exceed the possession limit.
H.817 AN ACT RELATING TO ESTATE MORTGAGE PAYMENTS’ INCLUSION IN THE PAYING EXECUTOR’S CREDIT REPORT
Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to require credit reporting agencies to include payments made on an estate’s property mortgage made by the executor when compiling the executor’s credit report.
Future amendments to be proposed on existing bills:
H.540 AN ACT RELATING TO REGULATING THE USE OF DRONES
H.369 AN ACT RELATING TO ACTIONS AGAINST TOWN RESIDENTS WHO PETITION TOWN GOVERNMENT
Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to require a municipality to assume reasonable legal fees to defend an action against a town resident who petitions town government.
H.374 AN ACT RELATING TO THE INSTALLATION OF SATELLITE DISHES ON RENTAL PROPERTY
Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to require a tenant to notify the landlord when the tenant installs a satellite dish on a dwelling and to allow a landlord to withhold a portion of the tenant’s security deposit if the dish is not removed at the end of the lease.
H.479 AN ACT RELATING TO THE DESIGN AND OPERATION OF COMPOSTING TOILETS
Statement of purpose of bill as introduced: This bill proposes to require the Secretary of Natural Resources to adopt rules addressing the use of composting toilets and the reuse of gray water.
Link to a speech I gave to students of the Barnard Academy:
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