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Morning update: Session Day 51

Post by Jimmy Lovaas / The News Tribune on March 5, 2013 at 8:09 am |
March 5, 2013 8:09 am

A week of marathon House and Senate floor sessions continues today.

There also is activity in committees. Gov. Jay Inslee plans to testify during an 8 a.m. public hearing today in front of the House Environment Committee on his proposal, House Bill 1915, that would develop recommendations to meet the state’s greenhouse gas emissions limits.

The House Government Operations & Elections Committee has tentatively scheduled an 8 a.m. public hearing on Initiative 517, which would extend the time allowed for gathering signatures and provide additional protections for signature gathering in public places. The initiative would also prohibit government officials from obstructing the initiative process.

The House Higher Education Committee will hold a 9 a.m. public hearing on Senate Bill 5343. The measure would require institutions of higher education to provide makeup classes and exams to National Guard members or other military reservists called to active duty or training for 30 days or less. The bill was sent to the House after the Senate unanimously approved it. Sen. Barbara Bailey, R-Oak Harbor, is the prime sponsor.

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