Here’s a look at the early bill filings that are headline worthy for one reason or another:
* House Democrat Leader Rep. David Baria (D) has filed a bill – HB 8 – to raise the state’s minimum wage to $9.00. It has been double referred to the Workforce Development and Judiciary A committees.
* Rep. Alyce Clark (D) has filed HB 10, a bill that would require retail businesses that accept credit cards for payment to install cameras to record persons using the cards. The bill has been referred to the Banking committee.
* Rep. Omeria Scott (D) wants to require schools to collect the body mass index (BMI) for certain students and provide it to parents with an explanation in HB 105. It has been double referred to the Education and Revenue committees.
* Rep. Oscar Denton (D) has filed HB 201 aimed at bringing back school prayer. The bill would require school boards to designate a period of reflection for students at the beginning of each school day. It has been referred to the Education committee.
* Rep. William Shirley (R) wants to fine schools that fail to recite the “Pledge of Allegiance” daily within the first hour of class in HB 205. It was referred to the Education committee.