Houston Chronicle Sunday - - NATION | WORLD - Thomas Vot­ing Re­ports Inc.

1. Se­lect House Com­mit­tee on Gun Vi­o­lence: Voted, 233182, to block an at­tempt by Democrats to force floor de­bate on leg­is­la­tion (H Res 367) that would es­tab­lish the Se­lect Com­mit­tee for Gun Vi­o­lence Pre­ven­tion com­posed of six Repub­li­can and six Demo­cratic mem­bers. Now in com­mit­tee, the mea­sure would probe the causes of mass shoot­ings, ex­plor­ing means of keep­ing guns out of the hands of do­mes­tic abusers and the men­tally ill and tight­en­ing back­ground checks on firearms pur­chasers, among other top­ics.

A yes vote op­posed floor de­bate on the gun mea­sure.

2. Work­place li­a­bil­ity for joint em­ploy­ers: Passed, 242-181, a GOP­drafted bill (HR 3441) that would change the Na­tional La­bor Re­la­tions Board’s “joint em­ployer” stan­dard in a way that makes it more dif­fi­cult for work­ers to file ac­tions against em­ploy­ers. The stan­dard comes into play when two or more busi­nesses share con­trol of work­ers, which oc­curs, for ex­am­ple, when com­pa­nies out­source hir­ing to staffing agen­cies or uti­lize con­tract em­ploy­ees. At present, the board holds em­ploy­ers re­spon­si­ble for vi­o­la­tions of work­place laws if they have in­di­rect or di­rect con­trol over work­ers.

A yes vote was to send the bill to the Se­nate.

3. Ex­pe­dited hy­dropower ap­provals: Passed, 257-166, a bill (HR 3043) that would des­ig­nate the Fed­eral En­ergy Reg­u­la­tory Com­mis­sion as the lead agency for li­cens­ing hy­dropower projects on Amer­i­can wa­ter­ways.

A yes vote was to send the bill to the Se­nate.

4. Dereg­u­la­tion of stock of­fer­ings: Passed, 232-188, a bill (HR 2201) that would al­low cer­tain small busi­nesses to sell stock in pri­vate of­fer­ings free of Se­cu­ri­ties and Exchange Com­mis­sion regis­tra­tion and trans­parency rules. Those rules are in­tended to dis­cour­age fraud and in­form in­vestors. A yes vote was to send the bill to the Se­nate.

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