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Doug Holt: Legislative session off to smooth start

The 2013 legislative session started smoothly on Jan. 14, with the House re-electing Speaker David Ralston and Speaker Pro Tem Jan Jones.

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Doug Holt: a final look at 2012 General Assembly's voting

Finals days of the session were spent tweaking different versions of bills.

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Doug Holt: Here's a look at state tax changes

During the second-to-last week of the session, the House began working through Senate bills in earnest. HB 386, a package of tax code changes, was the most significant item.

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Doug Holt: House shifts into gear for final legislative push

Committee work dominated House activities last week.

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Doug Holt: Pace picks up on House floor

The pace on the House floor picked up again last week.

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Doug Holt: House OKs bill for proper handling of fees

HB 811 is a novel approach to an old problem in which fees and surcharges are not appropriated to the purpose intended by law.

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Doug Holt: House achieves consensus on several measures

The fifth week of the legislative session continued at a steady pace, with 12 bills and resolutions reaching the floor of the House for a vote.

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DOUG HOLT: State's education code in jeopardy

Since I have long supported charter schools as a worthwhile experiment to improve educational performance, I was certainly ready to support HR 1162. Knowing that it would also deal with the Title 20 problems gave me even greater reason to vote yes.

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HOLT: Supplemental budget gets slight increase

The primary focus of the third week of the legislative session was the supplemental budget.

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