Morning update: Session Day 17

Staff reportsJanuary 29, 2014 

Legislative Building in Olympia.(STEVE BLOOM staff photographer) taken June10,2013

STEVE BLOOM — The Olympian.

Which state fair is the official state fair? Lawmakers take a break from weightier matters to consider that question Wednesday - and maybe eat some fair scones.

In the Senate, gun laws are up for debate. Initiative 594 and 591, heard in the House on Tuesday, will have a public hearing in the Senate Law and Justice Committee at 1:30 p.m.

Elsewhere, the Senate Early Learning and K-12 Education Committee will have a public hearing at 1:30 p.m. on Senate Bill 6209, proposed by Sen. Bruce Dammeier, R-Puyallup. The legislation would create the Expanded Learning Opportunities Council, which would advise the governor and Legislature as to how to prevent summer learning loss and close the academic opportunity gap.

Legislation sponsored by Rep. Marcus Riccelli, D-Spokane, would require hospitals to collect blood samples from all newborns within 48 hours of birth to test for genetic or metabolic disorders that could lead to intellectual or physical disabilities. Parents could object on religious grounds. House Bill 2544 will be heard in the House Health Care and Wellness Committee at 8 a.m.

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