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Morning update: Day 17

Post by Jordan Schrader / The News Tribune on Jan. 25, 2012 at 7:59 am with No Comments »
January 25, 2012 7:59 am

If you spot any lawmakers with ice cream today, it’s because dairy farmers are in town for their lobbying day.

They might want to stop into the House State Government Committee this morning. The panel is scheduled to vote on a bill that would try to cut down on junk food served by the state. Among the targets of Tacoma Rep. Laurie Jinkins‘s bill: dairy products that are not fat-free or low-fat.

Farmers aren’t the only ones trying to sweet-talk the Legislature today. Groups having their lobby days today include death penalty opponents, who will attend a public hearing and press conference today to try to end executions in Washington.

Environmentalists are due to be here in large numbers today. They are mainly playing defense this year, trying to stop budget cuts and rollbacks of regulations and defend the 2006 green-power ballot initiative.

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