Morning Buzz 3/2: News from the 62nd Legislature

Posted on March 2, 2011


While a host of social bills stole the spotlight during the first half of the session, the budget will be shouldering its way to center stage starting today. Mike Dennison, of the Lee State Bureau, took a hard look at where revenue and spending really are and compared that to where lawmakers say they need to cut to.

The Associated Press reported on a refresher course on rules lawmakers had Tuesday before getting back to work this morning. In the story Speaker Mike Milburn, R-Cascade, said the tune up was pointed at freshman legislators who didn’t quite have the intricate process in hand, and also to reinforce some decorum issues brought on by heated debate in the first half.

The AP also reported on GOP governors and members of Congress vowing to fight a plan to put millions of acres of western land in federal wilderness protection.

Sanjay Talwanii, of the Independent Record, reported on a panel on the effects and perceptions of federal health care reform.


Top Hearings

Health care

Splitting the Tobacco Settlement Fund will be discussed at 9 a.m. in room 317.

Allowing state-operated health care facilities with special education to set a maximum age will be discussed at 3 p.m. in room 152.


Modifying the process for revising the state energy policy will be discussed at 3 p.m. in room 172. Eliminating the Public Service Commission’s ability to assign customers to electricity buying cooperatives will be discussed, also.

Natural resources

Privatizing the Cataract Creek Dam water project will be discussed at 3 p.m. in room 472. Revising state coal leasing laws will be discussed, also.

A complete list of hearings can be found here.



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