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Morning update: Session Day 46

Post by Kim Bradford on Feb. 28, 2013 at 8:25 am with No Comments »
February 28, 2013 8:25 am

All eyes are on the Temple of Justice today. The state Supreme Court may issue its decision within moments on Initiative 1053 — either striking down the requirement for lawmakers to find two-thirds supermajorities to raise taxes, upholding the rule, or dodging the issue altogether as it has done in the past.


  • The Senate Energy, Environment & Telecommunications committee was to receive an 8 a.m. briefing on leaking underground storage tanks at Hanford.
  • A bill that would require the Department of Corrections to decide which housing providers can receive state housing vouchers for newly released offenders will be heard at 1:30 p.m. before the Senate Ways & Means committee. In addition to Senate Bill 5105, the panel will also have a hearing on legislation regarding mental health training for teachers and improved child support collections.
  • The House Appropriations committee has scheduled public hearings on 25 bills, including House Bill 1777 that would move up the effective date for making it easier to detain potentially dangerous people for treatment of mental illnesses to July 2014. The committee meets at 1:30 p.m.


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