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Morning update: Session Day 31

Post by Jimmy Lovaas / The News Tribune on Feb. 13, 2013 at 7:09 am |
February 13, 2013 7:09 am

Gun-control legislation takes center stage today in the House Judiciary Committee.

The committee hears testimony at 8 a.m. on bills to make it illegal to leave a loaded firearm where a child finds it, to require background checks on all firearms sales, and to create a central registry of people who have committed certain firearms offenses.

Elsewhere:

  • Another 8 a.m. public hearing focuses on Senate Bill 5181, which would take the state’s regulation of flame retardants a step further by banning additional chemicals from furniture and children’s products. The bill will be heard before the Senate Energy, Environment & Telecommunications Committee.

  • The House Committee on Government Operations & Elections will hear several elections bills at 1:30 p.m. including House Bill 1510, which would make write-in votes invalid unless the candidate had filed a declaration of candidacy.
  • The Senate Law & Justice Committee will hear bills to increase the penalties for sex trafficking at 1:30 p.m.
  • The Senate Transportation Committee will take up a bill to require a $75 annual permit for studded tires. Senate Bill 5583 will be heard at 3:30 p.m.
  • Senate Ways & Means will discuss the potential impacts of federal sequestration and the state’s revenue outlook at 3:30 p.m.
  • A launch party for the biography “Across the Aisles: Sid Snyder’s Remarkable Life in Groceries & Government” by Jeff Burlingame is at 10 a.m. in the State Reception Room in the Legislative Building. The biography of the late Senate icon from Long Beach was jointly produced by The Legacy Project in the Office of Secretary of State and the Legislative Oral History Project.
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