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Springfield in review 4/7 - 4/11

On Wed 4/09 the 3rd amendment was approved by committee and today 4/10 the senate Poker Run bill, SB3312 passed the Senate floor 53 YEAS - 2 NAYS with 4 NV (not being there to vote). The 2 NAYS ARE friends of ABATE but they just have this thing about gambling, which is fine. Everyone has opinions on different subjects and this was theirs.
We didn't need their votes. If we did it would have been a different story and we would have gotten with them for more discussion over the issue. Now it goes to the House for approval. the only problem is they cancelled Fri the 11th and are out of session the following 2 weeks for spring/Easter break so they don't go back till April 29th and that pushes us back even farther than we need to be. Much is beyond our control.

HB4223 the other Poker Run bill is still in assignments and SB3290 The bill to amend language in the Premises Liability Act and SB2633 the OHV Tax Stamp bill we negotiated some changes in are all still in the same place where they have been for a while.
Its been a long tiring process this year but we will succeed in our bills

Our team in Washington D.C. I am told has been having some success with some congressman on the Ethanol Bill H.R. 875 and maybe with some of the other bills. We will learn more at the B.O.D. when R. O. gives us a report. I hope to see a lot of you at the April 19th meeting.



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