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WA Lege Day 38: Joint memorial service in a.m.

OLYMPIA -- The Legislature has a joint session this morning to hold a memorial for former members who have died in the last two years.

They also  have a full day of hearings as the clock runs out for the first "cut-off" day in which bills must either be out of their assigned committee in the chamber where they were introduced, or be consigned to the scrapheap of legislative history.

The House State Government Committee had an early morning hearing on cancelling the 2012 presidential primary to save the state about $10 million. Problem for the political parties is that would knock out the one partisan vehicle they would  have to elect precinct committee officers now that a judge has ruled they can't do that in a Top Two primary any more.

The Senate Higher Education Committee has an afternoon hearing on changes to the Guaranteed Education Tuition program, which would put some restrictions on how those pre-paid tuition credits can be used.

The House Local Government Committee looks at a bill to allow legal or official notices to be poste online, rather than printed in a local newspaper.

The Senate Judiciary Committee  has a hearing on a bill to regulate police surveillance of political groups.

It is also Tri-Cities Energy Day, Energy Independence Day and Native American Lobby Day, which includes a drumming circle on the North Steps of the Capitol at some point during the day.

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