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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

 8:12 AM 

Assembly, Senate to hold floor sessions

The Assembly and Senate will be both be on the floor today with lengthy calendars.

For the Assembly, this is the last week that GOP leaders plan to be in session for sure this year, though they’ve said they may be back a day or two next month to tie up loose ends. Today’s calendar includes 45 bills, one constitutional amendment and five joint resolutions.

Most of those bills passed out of committee with little or no opposition. Those that did not include an effort by some states to put a balanced budget amendment in the U.S. Constitution, barring the use in liability suits of a statement of apology or condolence from a doctor, and bills to limit liability for those whose land is used for noncommercial aviation or agricultural tourism.

The chamber will also take up a revised bill that was originally intended to undercut circuit court decisions holding up enforcement of state laws. The bill was amended in the Senate to only guarantee the state the ability to immediately appeal such a decision.

The Senate, meanwhile, has more than 40 bills on its calendar, including four written by Rep. John Nygren to combat heroin.

Others include a sales tax exemption for aircraft maintenance, a property tax exemption for nonprofit youth baseball associations and an effort to limit the use of drones.


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