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Lawmakers Prepare to Tackle Severance Tax, Health Emergency Plan Next Week

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Legislators have a busy agenda planned on Capitol Square next week. Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow has a preview of what the lawmakers will be working on.

Friday, January 24, 2014 at 5:12 pm

A House committee is preparing to hear testimony from all sides regarding the proposed tax increase on oil and gas drilling. The bill’s sponsor says his plan would generate about $1.7 billion in net new revenue over the course of 10 years. The oil and gas industry approves the legislation, while others say it’s not aggressive enough.

Lawmakers also could vote on a bill requiring the department of health to develop protocols regarding the availability of drugs when a public health emergency is declared by the governor.

The Senate will hear more testimony on a bill that would allow the state director of agriculture to regulate invasive insects that destroy plants.

A measure to declare May 12 as National Fibromyalgia Awareness Day and a resolution to name a portion of a highway after the late former legislator William Mallory are also scheduled for a possible vote.

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