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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

 8:04 AM 

Senate to take up elections bills

The state Senate will be on the floor today for what could be a contentious debate on a series of elections bills.

Among them is an amended version of SB 324, which would limit in-person absentee voting to between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. Monday through Friday leading up to an election. A municipality would also be limited to 45 hours per week of accepting the in-person absentee ballots.

Other elections bills on today's calendar include SB 655, a campaign finance bill that includes lengthening the window during which lobbyists may contribute to candidates; AB 202, which would establish distance requirements for observers at polling places; and concurrence in Assembly changes to SB 267, altering requirements related to the proof of residence offered by voters

The Senate is also scheduled to vote on AB 704, which would speed up $32 million in state highway projects, and SB 448, which would create a sales tax exemption for equipment used in fertilizer blending, feed milling or grain drying.


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