This session, Representative McCann will sponsor legislation to

Criminal Justice Reform:

  • Prohibit the use of isolation cells for juveniles in jails or prisons, unless it is an emergency, and then for only 4 hours at a time. We know that holding juveniles in solitary confinement is harmful to their development.
  • Change the definition of parole so that parole is designed to help people integrate into society rather than to serve solely as punishment. The Department of Corrections is shifting to train parole officers to help people find housing, jobs, and support services and not just to track-down parole violators.
  • Address the problem of police officers with misconduct findings or convictions being hired by another police department. The bill will require that all records from prior law enforcement employment be available for review by a hiring agency.
  • Reimburse members of the Human Trafficking Council for the cost of attending the meetings and change the composition of the Council somewhat.
  •  Allow the Independent Ethics Commission to hire its own independent counsel to avoid conflicts by the Attorney General’s office when the A.G. may also be representing the person being sued. The Attorney General supports this measure to make our Independent Ethics Commission as strong as it should be.

Job Security and Economic Prosperity:

  • Strike the question about a prior criminal conviction from an employment application. Potential employers could run background checks and ask about a criminal record later in the process, but this bill would allow those who have served their time to at least be considered at the first stage. This would not apply to jobs for which a background check is required such as people who work with children or money. This law already applies to state employment.
  • Inform those losing their homes to foreclosure that all excess sale money can be recovered directly from a clerks’ office with no middleman. During foreclosure proceedings there are predators who say that they can get back excess funds when a property is sold but charge unconscionable fees to do this.

Health and Wellness:

  •  Require stand-alone emergency rooms to post a notice that they do not provide urgent care services and that patients will be charged emergency room rates and not lower urgent care rates. Stand-alone ER’s are often mistaken for urgent care providers. This legislation will also require that patients be told that the doctors may not be in their insurance networks. Often people go to stand alone emergency rooms thinking they are urgent cares facilities. Thus, they are charged exorbitant rates for simple procedures.
  • Allow health insurance companies to refill eye dropper prescriptions for people with glaucoma in a timely fashion.
  • Allow veterinarians to keep a stock of emergency compounded medications on hand in their offices for emergency treatment of animals in distress. As it is now, our furry friends have to wait a few days to get the right medication.