Wednesday Wrap: Waiting game

Posted March 29

— A potential House Bill 2 repeal deal hung over the House Wednesday like a dark cloud, but despite frantic negotiations much of the afternoon, a bill never rained down.

Negotiators said the deal was to include a moratorium on local nondiscrimination ordinances until 2020 – longer than the November 2018 date discussed earlier – but dropped the "rights of conscience" language that Republican legislative leaders had sought.

Among things that actually came to pass was a unanimous confirmation recommendation from a Senate committee for Dr. Mandy Cohen as secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services.

A separate Senate committee approved a measure that would cut personal and corporate income tax rates, while a House committee passed a proposed constitutional amendment that would limit governors and lieutenant governors to two terms in a lifetime.


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