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Morning update: Day 17

Post by Jordan Schrader / The News Tribune on Jan. 26, 2011 at 8:43 am | 2 Comments »
January 26, 2011 8:43 am

Good morning on Day 17 of the legislative session.

  • Mediation for homeowners facing foreclosure and their banks is the goal of two bills that have hearings today. Public testimony has started in  House Judiciary and is planned later in the day in Senate Financial Institutions. House Bill 1362 from Rep. Tina Orwall and Senate Bill 5275 from Sen. Adam Kline would require lenders to have an in-person meeting with borrowers facing foreclosure, review homeowners’ finances and set up loan modifications if they are eligible. The director of Nevada’s mediation program, on which the bills are based, will testify at the hearings.
  • Senate Transportation holds a hearing on SB 5016, sponsored by Sen. Scott White, that would prohibit smoking in cars with child passengers. In 2010, a similar bill was introduced but did not make it out of the House.
  • A bill meant to prepare for an oil spill in Puget Sound is up for a public hearing in Senate Natural Resources.
  • Senate Higher Education will hear a bill that would create one 19-member board of regents for the state college and universities. The board would be able to establish admissions requirements, set up new departments and develop department curriculums.
  • House Public Safety will hear a bill, requested by Attorney General Rob McKenna, that would make it a class-C felony to steal mail, meaning that the maximum penalty for doing so would be five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
  • The National Federation of Independent Business is holding its annual lobbying day in Olympia, which will focus on small business needs in the state.
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