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Morning update: Session Day 33

Post by Jordan Schrader / The News Tribune on Feb. 15, 2013 at 8:21 am |
February 15, 2013 8:35 am

The Senate Commerce & Labor committee planned to start the day with an 8 a.m. hearing on changes to Washington’s liquor-privatization scheme — demanded by the very interests that wrote the initiative, restaurants and retailers like Costco.

Their proposal, SB 5644, would exempt bars and restaurants from having to pay a 17 percent fee on liquor purchases from retailers like Costco and would allow them to buy more quantity in any given day.

The House goes to the floor at 10 a.m. for a possible vote on canceling universities’ never-used authority to vary tuition by undergraduate major. One goal is to avoid saddling the state’s prepaid tuition program with more liability.

The House Early Learning & Human Services committee will hold a 1:30 p.m. hearing on proposals to expand day care and preschool, including a measure that would tap the revenue from marijuana-legalization.

The Senate Committee on Law & Justice will be holding an 8 a.m. hearing on a gun-control bill that would authorize “the chief of police of a municipality or the sheriff of a county to receive and take into custody, for the purposes of temporary safekeeping, any firearm of a person: who voluntarily requests to surrender a firearm; or whose family member, friend, or mental health professional appears in person and provides written attestation that the owner of the firearm voluntarily surrenders the firearm.”

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