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Morning update: Day 47

Post by Jordan Schrader / The News Tribune on Feb. 26, 2010 at 8:22 am |
February 26, 2010 10:29 am

Good morning on the last day for policy committees to hear bills this year. That deadline should make it a busy day, and legislators then plan to work through Saturday and Sunday. What to watch for:

  • The Senate Judiciary Committee is starting up this morning on the House constitutional amendment on bail. Committee Chairman Adam Kline has just signed off on a less sweeping change than the House bill, so the committee will probably agree to adopt his version, setting up a confrontation with the House.
  • We’ll see whether House Democrats put out their tax package today. They were expected to caucus Thursday night to talk about it.
  • Meanwhile, the Senate Ways and Means Committee plans to amend and vote on its spending plan today.
  • Among the tax hikes the Senate could jettison: the repeal of the sales tax exemption for trade-ins. It’s getting plenty of pushback from auto and boat dealers and now from influential senators like Sen. Chris Marr.

UPDATED to correct that it’s the Senate spending plan, not tax plan, that could get a vote today. Also: House Ways and Means could vote on its own spending plan today.

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