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Morning update: Session Day 23

Post by Jordan Schrader / The News Tribune on Feb. 5, 2013 at 8:39 am | No Comments »
February 5, 2013 9:36 am

Mental health and guns are under consideration this morning in a couple of committees.

The House Judiciary Committee plans votes on increased penalties for gun crimes by juveniles and making it easier to detain mentally ill patients who have been found incompetent to stand trial. At the same time, 10 a.m., Senate Human Services considers creating a statewide mental health commitment database that would be used for checking the backgrounds of people who buy guns or apply for concealed-weapons permits.

Separate stories from our weekend papers looked at both issues — one on the rise in concealed-carry permits and the database proposal and the other on momentum in the Legislature to make it easier to commit people with mental illness.

Elsewhere, the House and Senate transportation panels are considering allowing digital billboards along state highways. Senate Energy is holding hearings or votes on several changes that are making environmentalists wary. House Labor is hearing a proposal to implement rules for family leave. And several open-government bills are being heard in House Government Operations.

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