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What’s on tap today – March 17, 2021

It’s another Wednesday committee day, and it will probably go fast with members wanting to avoid getting stuck in the weather. Here’s what’s on tap.

The House Constitution, Campaigns and Elections meets  at 9 a.m. and has several election-related bills and Rep. Becky Nordgren’s second attempt at legislation to allow the Legislature to call itself into a special session. The same committee voted down the bill earlier in the session.

Senate Education Policy meets at 9:30 am and its agenda includes House bills to require kindergarten or an equivalency assessment before public school students go on to first grade and to revise the sex ed curriculum in public schools.

Senate Finance and Taxation General Fund Committee meets 11 a.m. and has a public hearing on Rep. Mike Jones House Bill 392. It would require any state agency or department planning to spend more than $10 million or 5% of their annual appropriation from the General Fund, whichever is less, to first be approved by the oversight committee on obligation transparency.

The Senate Health Committee’s noon meeting includes Sen. Garlan Gudger’s Senate Bill 307 to allow patients in health care facilities to have visitors during pandemics. The bill says facilities have to follow federal recommendations and guidelines, which they say they already do.

The Senate Tourism and Marketing Committee meets at 1 p.m. and has public hearings on the two lottery bills that were filed last week on the same day the larger lottery and gaming bill from Sen. Del Marsh died. Senate Bill 318 is from Sen. Garlan Gudger, R-Cullman, and Senate Bill 319 is from Sen. Jim McClendon, R-Springville.

Senate Veterans and Military Affairs meets at 9:30 a.m.; Senate Government Affairs meets at 10 a.m. Senate Children, Youth and Human Services meets at 2:30 p.m.; Senate Fiscal Responsibility and Economic Development meets at 3 p.m.

House Transportation, Utilities and Infrastructure meets at 9 a.m.; House Ways and Means General Fund is at 1:30 p.m.; House Ways and Means Education meets at 9 a.m. and County and Municipal Governments meets at 1:30 p.m.

See all the House meetings here. And the Senate’s here.

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