Crossover Day, the last day in which bills generated in one chamber can be considered in the other chamber at the state Capitol, is Monday.
Rep. Bill Hitchens’ “slowpoke bill,” House Bill 459, which will cite drivers who drive under the speed limit in the left-hand lane in a road of more than two lanes, sped through the House finally, with a 162-9 vote Wednesday. The House Motor Vehicle Committee sent on to the full body for a vote Monday. So now it heads to the Senate, just in time for the 56 members there to weigh in on the legislation.
Rep. Jon Burns’ HB 549, which will set up emergency response procedures to water pollution issues, flew through the House by a 157-0 vote. It too heads to the Senate to be considered just before the Crossover Day deadline.
Burns’ bill came out of the House Natural Resources and the Environment Committee and will likely go to the Senate companion committee before heading to the floor for a vote. The Motor Vehicles Committee doesn’t have a Senate equivalent, but all bills go through the Rules Committee to be assigned to its appropriate committee.