10:00am House Session
10:00am Senate Session
A state Senate committee on redistricting met for the first time Wednesday to discuss the process of redrawing legislative maps from the new census data. But, partisan bickering about the legitimacy of the process dominated the meeting.
Lawmakers have just one day to sort out their differences over an illegal immigration reform measure. A major sticking point is whether to require employers to verify their new hires are here legally. Currently, the provision would make companies with ten or more employees use the federal database called "E-Verify" to check the legal status of newly hired workers.
State lawmakers worked into late Tuesday evening on the next to last day of the General Assembly session. Movement on a Sunday alcohol sales bill, immigration, and the state budget was included on Tuesday's agenda. The final day of the Session is Thursday.
A bill that would allow communities to decide if they want local stores to sell alcohol on Sundays is heading to the Governor's desk. The bill survived many hurdles before passing in the state House late Tuesday.
An 11th-hour proposal to close an ethics loophole exempting lobbyists from disclosing what they spend on gifts to staff members of elected officials has passed a House committee with the backing of Speaker David Ralston. In a reversal, the plan was amended to the same bill supporters failed to attach it to only a day earlier.