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Morning update: Day 15

Post by Jordan Schrader / The News Tribune on Jan. 23, 2012 at 7:53 am with No Comments »
January 23, 2012 7:53 am

All eyes will be on the debate over gay marriage today. Opponents hope to bring thousands of people to the first hearings on Gov. Chris Gregoire’s proposal to recognize same-sex marriage, and to a “Support Traditional Marriage” rally outside the Capitol.

Supporters of the proposal will be mobilized as well, holding a press conference sandwiched between the 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. hearings.

If that issue is dominating the day, it’s not the only major legislation scheduled to receive its first look.

One Senate hearing takes a look at several alternatives for  overhauling teacher evaluations. A House committee is looking at whether to amend the state constitution to require ballot initiatives to include revenue covering the costs of new spending they add to the state budget.

Perhaps the one (besides gay marriage) with the biggest chance of bogging down the Legislature in the long run is an overhaul of voter-approved Initiative 937. The proposed changes to renewable-energy rules for utilities will draw environmental and energy interests to a hearing today.

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