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Morning update: Day 22

Post by Jordan Schrader / The News Tribune on Jan. 30, 2012 at 7:30 am |
January 29, 2012 8:10 pm

With the 60-day session more than a third of the way through, lawmakers are facing deadlines to move bills out of policy committees. The cutoff days are Tuesday in the House and Friday in the Senate.

At a Ways and Means Committee work session today, senators will air some of the ideas for government reform that have been bouncing around this session.

Still, social issues may be the talk of legislative hallways today. The House Judiciary Committee is expected to vote this afternoon on the measure that would recognize same-sex marriage, House Bill 2516. And Planned Parenthood and NARAL Pro-Choice Washington will have their lobby day.

The House State Government Committee could vote on a measure encouraging local political districts where minorities have more clout.

Finally, lawmakers will hear a proposed update to provisions regulated by the Agriculture Department — such as one that updates the definition of butter in a regulation requiring theaters to disclose whether their popcorn flavoring is butter or just has a “butter-like flavor.”

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