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Morning update: Session Day 30

Post by Jimmy Lovaas / The News Tribune on Feb. 12, 2013 at 8:04 am |
February 12, 2013 8:04 am

Sure, there’s plenty of legislative action today, but the highlight might just be Olympia Potato Day.

The baked-potato giveaway is sponsored by the Washington State Potato Commission, and takes place on the third floor mezzanine of the Legislative Building from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. The group will lobby lawmakers on issues that affect the state’s approximately 250 potato growers. The expected attendance is 1,400 people. No estimate on how many potatoes will be there.

Lawmakers are taking public testimony today on many proposals, including:

  • HB 1043, sponsored by Rep. Larry Seaquist, D-Gig Harbor, would prohibit certain differential tuition models and require reductions or increases in tuition for specified institutions to be uniform among resident undergraduate students.
  • HB 1365, sponsored by Rep. Sherry Appleton, D-Poulsbo, calls for improved security for district courts, municipal courts and courthouses.
  • House Bill 1739, sponsored by Rep. Larry Haler, R-Richland, would require the boards of regents or trustees at universities and The Evergreen State College to set guidelines for the percentages of resident, nonresident and foreign students enrolled.
  • Senate Bill 5697, sponsored by Sen. John Braun, R-Chehalis, would allow changes to local sales and use taxes on only the first of January or July.
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