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Special session update: Day 24

Post by Jordan Schrader / The News Tribune on May 19, 2011 at 9:34 am | No Comments »
May 19, 2011 9:34 am

Much is up in the air to start the day. But there’s renewed optimism for finishing the special session within the 30 day schedule as House leaders predict deals coming on two key issues bogging down the session. Here’s the latest on that.

The Senate hasn’t said what it’s going to work on today, but here’s a clue: the House Ways and Means Committee has scheduled SB 5891 and SB 5942 for public hearings and votes tomorrow — even though neither has passed the Senate yet. House members must think that’s going to happen today.

One would require the Department of Corrections to release inmates on their release date earned via good behavior rather than keeping them back out of concerns about whether they’re ready to be freed. And it would remove hundreds of freed jail inmates from post-release supervision.

The other bill would pave the way for privatization of the state’s liquor warehousing and distribution operation. The state would seek bids and see how much it would save by leasing out the facilities. It would not affect the state’s retail liquor stores.

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