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Morning update: Session Day 37

Post by Jordan Schrader / The News Tribune on Feb. 19, 2013 at 8:36 am |
February 19, 2013 8:36 am

The House Public Safety Committee is taking testimony on law-enforcement related bills this morning in its meeting that started at 8 a.m., which is packed with people for a hearing on giving wider police powers to liquor officers, park rangers and natural-resource officers.

The House Judiciary Committee may take a vote on requiring a background check on nearly all gun sales. House Bill 1588 is perhaps the most prominent gun-control measure being considered this year. It’s sponsored by Rep. Jamie Pedersen, D-Seattle.

Pedersen also is sponsoring another measure that aims to cut down on violence, House Bill 1114, which is due to receive its second committee vetting today at a 3:30 p.m. public hearing today in front of the House Appropriation Committee. The measure would set a new, less strict standard for keeping potentially dangerous people detained for treatment of a mental illness. It would also require most evaluations for such involuntary treatment to happen at state hospitals.

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