Report from Olympia — Dec. 30, 2014

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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

I hope you and your family had a wonderful Christmas, and that you are enjoying this holiday season.

In two short weeks, the 64th Legislature will convene. The 2015 session is a budget year, meaning it is scheduled for 105 days (opposed to 60 days in a non-budget year) and the Legislature is required to approve a two-year budget. As a result, there will be competition for both policy and budget priorities.

The Senate Law and Justice Committee is sure to be busy again; at the top of the list will be new proposals to strengthen our state’s anti-DUI laws and to update our laws reflecting some of the consequences of I-502, the legalization of marijuana. The Majority Coalition Caucus that controls the Senate has created a new…

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