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Morning update: Day 32

Post by Jordan Schrader / The News Tribune on Feb. 9, 2012 at 7:00 am with No Comments »
February 8, 2012 10:43 pm

With work on gay marriage done, state lawmakers will turn their attention away from hot-button social issues … tomorrow.

But today, they will hold hearings on legalizing marijuana.

Their attention is focused on Initiative 502, an initiative to the Legislature. Those come along rarely enough that a refresher about the rules from the secretary of state’s office might help:

The Legislature can pass the measure as submitted, reject it and let it go to the ballot this fall, ignore it and let it go the ballot, or let it go to the ballot along with a legislative alternative.

The Children’s Alliance is bringing advocates to the Capitol Campus today. Among their causes: a bill sponsored by Sen. David Frockt that would create a new licensed profession, a “dental practitioner.”

Opposed by the dentists’ trade association, it’s described by advocates as a way to promote access to dental care in areas of the state with fewer dentists.

Across town, the Washington State Labor Council plans to have its legislative conference and endorse candidates in top statewide races. The labor coalition will continue its push for lawmakers to stimulate the economy with public-works projects paid for by revenue bonds.

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