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Conferring chambers

Posted at 10:45 AM on April 9, 2008 by Michael Marchio

It's that time of session when lawmakers break out into conference committee, all in an effort to earn you more points, and maybe pass a few laws while they're at it. Today, we're having a few, including Rep. Karla Bigham and Sen. Ann Rest's bill on background checks,
Rep. Joe Atkins and Sen. Tarryl Clark's "Good Faith" insurance bill, and a couple of bills omnibus bills like Sen. Dick Cohen and Rep. Lyndon Carlson's budget bills, like the one the Commish liveblogged last week, and Rep. Frank Hornstein and Sen. Steve Murphy's transportation policy bill.

Perhaps the most notorious bill every session, one that pretty thoroughly cuts across party lines (former Speaker Steve Sviggum, no liberal he, was a big proponent) is the medical marijuana bill, and it's getting a hearing in the House Ways and Means committee at 1:30. It should be broadcast online, and you can watch it here. The Commish will be liveblogging this one when it begins, so keep checking back through the afternoon.