Published: Fri, April 21, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Bill set to be heard in Senate committee would decriminalize pot possession

"I applaud the House and Senate for tackling an issue that is of growing concern to parents and communities across Texas who are now looking to the Legislature for solutions".

Dayton has proposed a $45.8 billion biennial budget; the House has proposed $46.3 billion; the Senate is at about $45 million.

If the gun bills can't clear the Judiciary Committee they are unlikely to be heard on the Senate floor. We're making progress there. Bakk said the official end date of the session provides leverage for negotiations between the House and Senate and Democrats and Republicans. In addition, Senator Charles Schneider, a Republican from West Des Moines, said lawmakers consulted with companies selling medical cannabis products in other states, to come up with the list of conditions for which cannabis could be prescribed as treatment. "When there is no money, it's a lot harder to make cuts - everybody thinks theirs is the most important". "It's different managing deficits".

The bill calls for a $.02 increase on the gas tax each year for the next five years. Conference Committees find agreement on a final bill, which must then be approved by both chambers.

"The governor has the upper hand", he said. "That's what we need to do".

Senators are also facing new pressure from a web ad that started Tuesday by the SC Alliance to Fix Our Roads. That bill, meant for some to be an alternative to the sales tax increase measure, would leverage state-owned buildings to fund transportation bonds and take the state's hospital provider fee out from under the Taxpayer's Bill of Rights, freeing more money for other uses. Florida has some of the harshest laws in the nation when it comes to ex-felons' ability to get the right to vote returned to them.

Given the differences between the House and Senate bills, significant cross-rotunda compromises could be necessary, which some medical marijuana advocates said could result in an Amendment 2 implementation plan so restrictive a court fight could follow.

"I would want them to have a class in it, because it's more than just carrying a gun".

Sen Wes Climer (R-York) says the bill doesn't go far enough to reform the state's Department of Transportation, which he says has a track record of rerouting funds to areas other than road fix.

"A poison pill" - that's what some lawmakers are calling an attempt to change the gas tax bill as the battle to fix roads in SC continues.

This proposal would keep the state's Robin Hood system, which requires districts that collect more property tax revenue to subsidize those that collect less.

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