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Morning update: Day 55

Post by Jordan Schrader / The News Tribune on March 5, 2011 at 9:42 am with No Comments »
March 5, 2011 1:03 pm

It’s the weekend, but senators are on the floor today and House members are headed there, as Monday’s cutoff deadline approaches. They could be in session Sunday as well.

The main event today will come soon in the Senate. Lawmakers have reached a deal on worker’s compensation that pleases business, Republicans and — supporters believe — enough Democrats to secure passage in the Senate.

The agreed-to amendment (soon to be posted here) doesn’t satisfy unions and their allies, so the bill’s fate in the House remains to be seen. It would set up a wage subsidy for recovering workers that labor wants, but would also provide a system of settlements for injured workers who can go back to work, which unions oppose. (Here’s an AP story about the debate).

After days of deal-making, lawmakers may also be ready to vote on a couple controversial environmental topics, including a phase-out of coal power at the TransAlta plant and the delay of a host of regulations that local governments say are a burden, something that cleared the House last night.

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