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Tue., March 12, 2013, 2:41 p.m.

Universal background check bill expected today

OLYMPIA -- Rep. Jamie Pedersen, D-Seattle, the prime sponsor of the universal background check bill, talks with Rep. Steve Kirby, D-Tacoma, one of its key opponents, before debate starts. (Jim Camden)
OLYMPIA -- Rep. Jamie Pedersen, D-Seattle, the prime sponsor of the universal background check bill, talks with Rep. Steve Kirby, D-Tacoma, one of its key opponents, before debate starts. (Jim Camden)

Rep. Jamie Pedersen, D-Seattle, the sponsor of the universal background check bill, talks with Rep. Steve Kirby, D-Tacoma, one of its key opponents, before debate starts on the bill.

OLYMPIA -- The House is expected to vote this afternoon on a bill requiring all gun sales to be subjected to background checks.

Heard that before, you say. Like yesterday?

It's true that House Democrats thought they had the votes to bring up the bill yesterday. But as the afternoon dragged on with their members in and out of a rolling caucus meeting, it became clear that they didn't.

Today, they may have a solution: Adding an amendment to the bill that requires a public approval of the law in November. That's one of nine amendments that legislators may be asked to consider on HB 1588. To see the bill, and proposed amendments, click here.

Watch this space for updates.




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Jim Camden
Jim Camden joined The Spokesman-Review in 1981. He is currently the political reporter and state government reporter in the newspaper's Olympia bureau office.

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