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Morning update: Day 99

Post by Jordan Schrader / The News Tribune on April 18, 2011 at 9:28 am | 1 Comment »
April 18, 2011 9:43 am

Welcome to the last week of the regular session — not that anyone is counting down the days now that we know the Legislature will go into extra innings.

The House Capital Budget Committee is now hearing SJR 8215, a proposed constitutional amendment that would reduce the state’s debt limit from 9 to 7 percent of state revenues. Senate Republicans are tying the proposed restrictions on debt to their support for more borrowing this year.

State senators could vote on their $32.1 billion budget plan today or Tuesday, but they still need to negotiate a final deal with the House and Gov. Chris Gregoire.

Gregoire today is signing bills tightening penalties for human trafficking (SB 5546), allowing universities to develop accelerated three-year bachelor’s degree programs (SB 5442), and making old custom cars and hot rods easier to license and exempting them from some equipment and emissions requirements (SB 5585).

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