We're near the midpoint of the 2017 session. Today the chamber is quiet, after an active week on the floor. Friday was an especially active day:
First the Senate debated SB 1282, which removes local zoning authority so that private telecom providers can construct new facilities on public land at minimal cost. Here's the issue: governments owning the land historically negotiate with providers to obtain benefits like universal access. SB 1282 takes away that ability in exchange for ... nothing. I voted "no." The bill passed the Senate 21-18, but the battle is not over.