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Morning update: Day 11

Post by Jordan Schrader / The News Tribune on Jan. 19, 2012 at 7:45 am | No Comments »
January 19, 2012 7:45 am

State Sen. Jim Kastama plans to announce today how he will vote on legal recognition for gay marriage.

If he gives a thumbs-up, the Puyallup Democrat would be the 24th announced supporter of same-sex marriage in a Senate where 25 votes make a majority. He is running for secretary of state.

Otherwise, the snow and ice have canceled many legislative meetings today. But in those still planned, lawmakers will get updates on the tuition-setting authority they gave universities, on the new Department of Enterprise Services they created and on implementation of the federal health care law.

A hearing is planned on a proposal that would require insurance plans that cover maternity care to also cover abortion.

A Kastama proposal for a commission that would restructure state government, Senate Bill 6345, also gets a public hearing. The panel’s ideas would get special priority in the Legislature.

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