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Morning update: Session Day 39

Post by Jordan Schrader / The News Tribune on Feb. 21, 2013 at 8:17 am with No Comments »
February 21, 2013 8:19 am

Committees are slogging through a long list of proposals in advance of Friday’s deadline to finish up their work on policy bills. Among the questions that could come before them for a vote today:

  • Whether to speed up implementation of a law making it easier to detain potentially dangerous mentally ill patients. Lakewood Rep. Tami Green’s bill would require more state money for the mental-health system. A similar measure has cleared a Senate committee.
  • Whether to make changes to the way the state is implementing the voter-approved liquor-privatization initiative. The restaurants and large retailers that wrote the initiative call for changes in the fees they pay and the volume of transactions allowed. The House Government Accountability & Oversight plans to vote at its 8:30 a.m. meeting.
  • Whether to match Discover Pass sales with money from the main state budget to shore up state parks’ finances. The House Committee on Community Development and Housing & Tribal Affairs is due to consider it at 1:30 p.m.
  • Whether to hold back third-graders who fail the state’s reading test; require students to complete community service to graduate from high school; and reduce the number of standardized tests students must take to graduate. The House Education committee is scheduled to vote on all of those measures at its 8 a.m. meeting.
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