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Morning update: Day 51

Post by Jordan Schrader / The News Tribune on March 1, 2011 at 10:01 am |
March 1, 2011 10:30 am

Good morning. The House and Senate are both scheduled to hold floor session most of the day in preparation for Monday’s deadline for voting on policy bills in their houses of origin.

  • The schedule for floor sessions is a moving target. Bills about to come up in the Senate may include SB 5072, allowing the Department of Agriculture to accept voluntary contributions to fund its programs, SB 5023, which would restrict the advice nonlawyers can provide on immigration law, and several bills dealing with sex offender registration.
  • Sound Alliance, a group made up of unions, education and faith-based organizations and other nonprofits is holding a lobby day in the Legislative Building.
  • Low-income parents who apply for state day-care subsidies will be turned away starting today, unless they meet a couple of exceptions. Otherwise, they will be placed on a waiting list.
  • And a reminder that even in the middle of session, the campaign is never far away: Senate Democrats announced today they have appointed Michael King as the new executive director of the Senate Democratic Campaign Committee. King, most recently a political consultant whose firm, Winpower Strategies, helps elect Democrats, will try to defend (and expand) the party’s 27-22 majority in the Senate in 2012. He replaces Chris Gregorich, who went to work for Sen. Maria Cantwell.
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