Tip sheet: A day devoted to dirt, swamps and Uber

6:00 am Mar. 26, 2015

Number of working days left until the end of the 2015 session: Four.

After a busy day, lawmakers appear to be taking a breather. The Senate has a dozen bills on the calendar, including HB 225, the Uber bill; and HB 397, which revises the state Soil and Conservation Commission to the concern of farmers and environmentalists.

The House has several bills on the floor, the most interesting of which

Changes in store for ‘religious liberty’ bill

10:00 am Mar. 25, 2015

That House Judiciary subcommittee looking at S.B. 129, the religious liberty bill, meets again this afternoon. Its 10 members are nearly certain to offer some amendments, which could subject the measure to last-minute negotiations under

Tip sheet: Medical marijuana bill is so close to passage

6:00 am Mar. 25, 2015

Number of working days left until the end of the 2015 session: Five.

The biggest news of the day could come out of the House when word officially comes that it has agreed to a Senate-passed, amended version of HB 1, the medical marijuana bill.

In the Senate, the bills to watch among the eight on the calendar are HB 515 and HB 520, which together would create the

Tip sheet: Religious liberty and Christmas trees

6:00 am Mar. 24, 2015

Number of working days left until the end of the 2015 session: Six.

Both chambers will convene at 10 a.m. The Senate will vote on an amended HB 1, which would allow limited use of medical marijuana to treat several conditions, including cancer, seizures and sickle cell disease. The sponsor of the bill has expressed support for the compromise, so final passage might be within sight.

The House will take up