This Week in the Legislature, Jan. 21, 2013

The 2013 legislative session will heat up in its second full week, with bills dealing with civil unions for same-sex couples to measures to lower college tuition for the children of illegal immigrants.

■ Today: Legislature closed in observance of Martin Luther King Day.

■ Tuesday: House Business and Labor Committee will consider a bill to require measures to be reviewed for their financial impact on businesses.

■ Wednesday: Senate Judiciary Committee will hear a bill to allow same-sex couples to enter into civil unions. Also, the Senate Business, Labor and Technology Committee will hear a bill to grant collective bargaining rights to firefighters.

■ Thursday: Senate Education Committee will consider a bill to lower college tuition rates for the children of illegal immigrants.

■ Next week: Various House committees will hear bills designed to boost jobs and the economy, while in the Senate, lawmakers will eye some of the first measures intended to curb gun violence.

All floor action and committees can be watched or heard on the Legislature’s website,


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