Last week I continued the conversation about laws that will take effect as a result of our last Legislative session. I would like to continue that conversation this week. In fact, some constituents have had questions regarding some of the new laws that currently affect them or their loved ones.

For example, Act 709. I pinned Act 709 to support expelled youth. I have worked in the court system for a long time, and have witnessed the effects of young people who might be permanently derailed because of one mistake. This is not to excuse those who break the law or policy. On the contrary, it is an effort to create a more positive community, and to allow those who have made mistakes to become more positive contributing members of our community.

Act 709, which would have gone into effect this July, is a law requiring public school districts that expel students to offer digital learning courses or alternative education services for which the student may receive credit. The academic credit should be equal to that from the public or charter school from which the student was expelled.

Also, in judiciary and education news, is Act 530 concerning school safety. This Act mandates that reporters share, in good faith, all serious and imminent threats to public schools. If reporters fail to notify law enforcement of any possible imminent threats, it will be deemed a Class A misdemeanor. More on the youth safety judiciary front is Act 463. This Act is a mandate that level three and four registered sex offenders are not allowed to distribute candy or dress up in a costume two weeks before or after Halloween. Act 969 is a further attempt to keep our young people safe in school making it a Class C felony to threaten mass violence on school property.

My legislative colleagues and I have worked together to enact more laws than I have room to mention in our weekly conversations. In honor of our students going back to school, it was my desire to re-introduce even a fraction of the measures that will be in effect for this upcoming school year.

Remaining on the forefront of introducing relevant laws, many of my colleagues and I were able to attend the National Conference of State Legislators (NCSL) in Nashville, Tennessee this week. The summit consisted of an action-packed week-long agenda addressing topics including agriculture, healthcare, taxation, school safety, business innovation and opportunity, economic outlook, technology, and more. The legislative session ended in May, but I want you to know that we continue to work diligently on behalf of those in our communities and what matters most on a personal basis. This week I look forward to attending the joint Senate and House Committee on Youth, Aging, and Military Affairs.

Finally, I like to share informative information that constituents might find useful. If you have questions about any legislation or the legislative process, feel free to contact me at my House of Representatives via email at [email protected] or by phone at 501-682-6211.