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Morning update: Day 37

Post by Jordan Schrader / The News Tribune on Feb. 14, 2012 at 7:30 am |
February 14, 2012 8:48 am

Senators could vote today on a teacher-evaluation proposal that emerged from talks between Gov. Chris Gregoire and four legislative negotiators.

It’s one of several significant bills that could live or die depending on whether they make today’s 5 p.m. cutoff.

There are also proposals to take DNA samples from people who are arrested; to give a legal backing to medical marijuana shops; to set up protections for minorities in local drawing of political districts; and many more.

I’ll do a fuller roundup later, but Monday saw a number of bills make the deadline while we media types were distracted by gay marriage becoming law and Rick Santorum’s visit. Among them: a requirement that insurance companies cover abortion if they cover maternity care; a constitutional amendment requiring budgets to be balanced over six four years; and three measures with taxes and fees that could raise a bit of new transportation revenue for the state and local governments.

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