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Morning update: Session Day 26

Post by Jimmy Lovaas / The News Tribune on Feb. 8, 2013 at 8:29 am |
February 8, 2013 8:29 am

The House Finance Committee is holding a work session now on “the taxation of cigarettes, cannabis and liquor.” Its chairman introduced a bill Thursday to tax marijuana equally from medical dispensaries as from the retail stores being created by the legalization process.

Elsewhere, up to 1,500 people are expected to participate in a gun owners’ rally. The “2nd Right Rally” is intended, in part, to show support for House Bill 1371, which aims to make firearms and ammunition manufactured in Washington exempt from federal gun laws. It also would prohibit the governor from restricting gun rights during states of emergency. It’s sponsored by GOP Rep. David Taylor of Moxee.

A vote on the Reproductive Parity Act, which would require health plans that cover maternity care to also pay for abortions, is scheduled for the 1:30 p.m. session of the House Health Care & Wellness Committee.

Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn is expected to testify before the House Education Committee on a proposal that would reduce the number of graduation exams. That is House Bill 1450. The committee also will hear House Bill 1475, which would allow the waiver of some state requirements in public schools.

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