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February 11, 2013 at 7:35 AM

Legislative items to watch this week: education, business and guns

This week, the state House and Senate will discuss a wide variety of bills, ranging from the ever-present topic of education reform to the hot-button issue of gun control.

Monday,, the House Finance Committee will begin to tackle the financial implications of the McCleary decision made last year by the Washington Supreme Court. The Joint Task Force on Education Funding will present its findings and members of the public are invited to comment.

The education reform debate will continue Friday in the Senate Early Learning & K-12 Education Committee. Senators will hear testimony on Senate Bill 5278, which would provide salary bonuses for teachers in high-demand subjects. Math, science and special education teachers would be eligible.

On Tuesday, the House Technology & Economic Development Committee will conduct a public hearing on House Bill 1693 providing tax relief to certain new businesses. Under the bill introduced by Rep. Cyrus Habib, D-Kirkland, the businesses would be able to deduct up to $2 million in business-and-occupation taxes each calendar year.

Wednesday’s House Judiciary Committee meeting will feature a hearing on House Bill 1588 requiring background checks for all firearm sales in the state. The bill is sponsored by Rep. Jamie Pedersen, D-Seattle, and has the support of 37 other lawmakers, including Lake Stevens Republican Mike Hope.

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