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Morning update: Day 8

Post by Alexis Krell / The News Tribune on Jan. 16, 2012 at 8:43 am | No Comments »
January 16, 2012 8:43 am

Sit-ins in state lawmakers’ offices, which activists had planned to mark Martin Luther King Jr. Day and protest budget cuts, have been canceled because of the snowy, icy weather.

We’ll see if other events go on as scheduled. The Council on American Islamic Relations planned to hold a Muslims Capitol Day. And Planned Parenthood teen educators will lobby for family-planning funding and the Reproductive Parity Act at the Capitol. The bill would require health plans that cover maternity care to provide equal coverage for abortion.

A work session on the Supreme Court’s recent McCleary decision, which ruled Washington is not sufficiently funding basic education, will be in the House Ways and Means Committee.

A bill that would require employers be notified when a worker’s commercial driver’s license is suspended will have a public hearing. House Bill 2234 also would require employers be notified of drivers’ noncompliance with child-support orders.

A bill to encourage “lean strategies” in state government could have a vote in the House Committee on State Government and Tribal Affairs. House Bill 2173 would allow agencies to allocate up to $200,000 of their funding to develop the cross-discipline business-management plan, designed to reduce costs while improving product quality.

House Bill 6178, which relates to implementing the Affordable Care Act, will have a public hearing.

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