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Morning update: Session Day 71

Post by Jordan Schrader / The News Tribune on March 25, 2013 at 8:01 am | No Comments »
March 25, 2013 8:20 am

The House may go to the floor this morning and approve Gov. Jay Inslee’s proposed study of how to meet goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Senate Bill 5802 was changed by the Senate to eliminate some language about the threat of global warming.

House Democrats could restore Inslee’s original proposal or, if they want to prevent it from returning to the more conservative Senate where it might get stuck, they could send the Senate version to Inslee for his signature without change.

The Senate’s Republican-dominated majority coalition plans to release its budget plan this week, and arguments over funding are in full swing.

A group of small business owners, organized by supporters of raising tax revenue to avoid cuts in services, plan to present a letter to lawmakers and the governor today calling for closure of tax loopholes.

Elsewhere, the Senate Law and Justice Committee will take public testimony at 1:30 p.m. on one of the most significant gun-control measures that is still alive: House Bill 1840.

And senators are holding confirmation hearings on several of Inslee’s major appointments.

American Heart Association advocates will testify at the Senate’s Early Learning and K-12 Education Committee’s 1:30 p.m. meeting asking lawmakers to support House Bill 1556. The measure would require all high school students in the state to receive CPR education in their health class.

The House Appropriations Committee is due to vote on House Bill 1982, which ends the veterans raffle that funds grants to troops who served in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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