I am excited to announce I have co-sponsored the following bills:
- HB 363, introduced by Representative Rebecca Roeber (Republican - District 34). This bill prohibits the contribution or expenditure of public funds, or the use of public property, to advocate, support or oppose any ballot measure or candidate. This reform is incredibly needed, and it's something that I campaigned on both for this office and when I previously ran for St. Charles County Council. Currently, it is commonplace for local governments to expend taxpayer funds to influence local ballot measures, especially those involving tax increases or bond issues. While this bill doesn't go quite as far as I'd like (I will likely offer a friendly amendment on the floor), it is still a huge improvement to our existing statutes. It also allows for a cause of action against political subdivisions that violate the rules, allowing taxpayers themselves to sue rather than requiring the Attorney General to intervene. You can read the full bill text here.
- HB 643, introduced by Representative Adam Schnelting (Republican - District 104). This bill allows those with a concealed carry permit to carry a firearm on most forms of public transportation. This is an important improvement to our CCW system, as it provides people who use public transit the ability to protect themselves for the duration of their trip. Read the full bill text here.
- HB 258, introduced by Representative Jered Taylor (Republican - District 139). This bill will mostly eliminate "gun free school zones" as well as some other areas where carrying of concealed weapons is currently prohibited. The full details can be found here.