The Senate passed Senator Jack Walsh’s SB165 permitting private sector labor organizations and employers to enter into union security agreements to the full extent allowed under federal law. Republican Senator Cathy Cloutier, already a sponsor of the bill, crossed the aisle to vote yes in supporting workers and unions. Otherwise, the anti-worker party, the Republicans, voted no, and the pro-worker party, the Democrats, voted yes.
SB165 – Making Unions Great Again
STATUS – Sent to the House for consideration.
HISTORY – Passed by the Senate 12-8-1
SPONSORS – Walsh, Marshall, Mulrooney, Lynn, Keeley, Clouter, Henry, McBride, Brady, Jaques, J.Johnson, Mitchell, Viola
YES – Bushweller, Cloutier, Ennis, Hansen, Henry, Marshall, McBride, McDowell, Poore, Sokola, Townsend, Walsh
NO – Bonini, Delcollo, Hocker, Lavelle, Lopez, Pettyjohn, Richardson, Simpson
ABSENT – Lawson
NOT VOTING –
The House passed Representative Larry Mitchell’s HB377 29-8-2-2. The bill that would allow counties to impose and collect a lodging tax of no more than three percent on hotels, motels, and vacation rentals in unincorporated non-municipality areas of the county. There was no action on Representative Kevin Hensley’s companion bill, HB395, that would allow cities and municipalities the same power HB377 provides. The no votes came from mostly Sussex Republicans.
HB377 – County Taxes on Hotels and AirBNBs
STATUS – Sent to the Senate for consideration.
HISTORY – Passed House 29-8-2-2
SPONSORS – Mitchell, Henry, Sokola, Keeley, Kowalko, M.Smith, Viola
YES – B.Short, Baumbach, Bennett, Bentz, Bolden, Carson, D.Short, Heffernan, Hensley, J.Johnson, Jaques, K.Williams, Keeley, Kowalko, Lynn, M.Smith, Matthews, Mitchell, Mulrooney, Osienski, Paradee, Pottter, Q.Johnson, Ramone, Schwartzkopf, Smyk, Spiegelman, Viola, Yearick
NO – Briggs King, Collins, Dukes, Gray, Kenton, Outten, Postles, Wilson
ABSENT – Hudson, Longhurst
NOT VOTING – Brady, Miro
Photo from the Senate Democratic Caucus.