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Legislative session continues

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With 51 days remaining in the legislative session, lawmakers are ramping up efforts to push bills through committees.

Both the house and the senate have full slates today. 

On the agenda for the house, a number of tax measures including a proposed 17 cent per gallon tax increase on gasoline and deisel fuel. 

The house will also begin debate soon on a bill that would shorten the wait for couples with minor children who want to get a divorce.

Currently, they must live apart for a year, unless there are special circumstances like domestic abuse. The proposed legislation would make the allotted wait time six months. 

Meanwhile, the senate will discuss a proposal to exempt residents who had flood damage from paying state individual income tax for 2017.

The senate will also debate the final passage today for several other tax measures, including the repeal of the individual income tax education credit. 

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