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EGAF 2023 Legislative Priorities

We believe understanding the fundamental structure of government and how to engage in that process is an essential component to holding our elected leaders accountable and producing the results we need in our community. For the 2023 Legislative session we have established a list of priority bills you should be aware of that we will be monitoring and taking action on.


Agreement Among the States to Elect the President by National Popular Vote


Bill Number(s): HB 53/SB860 

Bill Summary: Agreement Among the States to Elect the President by National Popular Vote; Provides for enactment of Agreement Among States to Elect President by National Popular Vote; provides method by which state may become member state; requires statewide popular election for President & Vice President of U.S.; establishes procedure for appointing presidential electors in member states; provides that agreement becomes effective upon occurrence of specified actions; provides for withdrawal of member state; requires notification of member states when agreement takes effect in non member state or when member state withdraws from agreement.


Concealed Carry of Weapons and Firearms Without a License

Bill Number(s) HB 543

Bill Summary: Public Safety; Authorizes person to carry concealed weapon or firearm if he or she is licensed to do so or meets specified requirements; requires person who is carrying concealed weapon or firearm without license to carry identification & display upon demand by law enforcement; prohibits person who is carrying concealed weapon or firearm without license from carrying such weapon or firearm in specified locations; authorizes nonresident to carry concealed weapon or firearm in this state if he or she meets same requirements as resident; requires Office of Safe Schools to develop behavioral threat management operational process; authorizes private school to request sheriff in county of private school establish guardian program. APPROPRIATION: $60,177,846


Court-related Payment Plans

Bill Number (s) SB 48

Bill Summary: Court-related Payment Plans; Authorizing a court to waive, modify, or convert outstanding fees, service charges, court costs, or fines to community service under certain circumstances, etc.


District School Board Elections

Bill Number (s) HB 411/SB 444

Bill Summary: District School Board Elections; Provides that elected candidate for district school board must reside in district school board member residence area by date she or he assumes office instead of upon qualifying for office.


OGSR/Statewide Voter Registration SystemBill Number (s) HB 7005

 Bill Summary: OGSR/Statewide Voter Registration System; Removes scheduled repeal of exemption from public records requirements for certain information received by DOS from another state or District of Columbia which is confidential or exempt pursuant to laws of that jurisdiction.


Partisan Election of Members of District School Boards

Bill Number (s) SJR 94/HJR 31

Bill Summary: Partisan Election of Members of District School Boards; Proposing amendments to the State Constitution to require members of a district school board to be elected in a partisan election, etc.


Prohibition on Open Primaries and Nonpartisan Elections

Bill Number (s) HJR 405

Bill Summary: Prohibition on Open Primaries and Nonpartisan Elections; Proposes amendments to State Constitution to provide that only qualified electors with same party affiliation as candidate for office may vote in primary election for such office, to provide that candidates for office may not be prohibited from disclosing party affiliation or qualifying for office based on party affiliation & to prohibit exclusively nonpartisan elections.


Public Safety

Bill Number (s) SB150

Bill Summary: Public Safety; Requiring sheriffs to assist private schools in complying with a certain statute; authorizing a person to carry a concealed weapon or concealed firearm if he or she is licensed to do so or meets specified requirements; requiring a person who is carrying a concealed weapon or concealed firearm without a license to carry valid identification and display such identification upon demand by a law enforcement officer; providing that a person who is authorized to carry a concealed weapon or concealed firearm without a license is subject to specified penalties for possessing such weapon or firearm at a school-sponsored event or on school property; requiring the Office of Safe Schools to develop a behavioral threat management operational process by a specified date; authorizing a private school to partner with a law enforcement agency or security agency for specified purposes, etc. APPROPRIATION: $60,177,846


Recall of County Commissioners

Bill Number (s) HB 209/HJR 131

Bill Summary:Recall of County Commissioners; Provides that members of governing body of non charter county may be removed from office by electors of county.


Requiring Broader Public Support for Constitutional Amendments or Revisions

Bill Number (s) HJR 129

Bill Summary: Requiring Broader Public Support for Constitutional Amendments or Revisions; Proposes amendment to State Constitution to increase percentage of elector votes required to approve amendment to or revision of State Constitution from 60 percent to 66.67 percent, except repeal of amendment or revision need only be approved by same percentage of elector votes as was required at time of passage of such amendment or revision.


Term Limits for District School Board Members

Bill Number (s) HB477

 Bill Summary:Term Limits for District School Board Members; Revises term limits for district school board members.

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