An update on what I’m watching heading into the veto session next week:
_Guns – State Rep. Mike Zalewski is still working for votes on his mandatory minimums bill that many of you have covered over the last few weeks. I’ll let you know once a plan is finalized for how that might move forward.
_Gambling – State Rep. Bob Rita is having a subject matter hearing on the gambling expansion issue at 1:30 p.m. (or immediately after session ends) next Wednesday, Oct. 23, in Room 114 of the Capitol. This will be a hearing of the House Executive Committee and will be used to help determine what direction gambling discussions take.
_Retiree health care – The Legislature’s Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability meets at 8:30 a.m. next Wednesday, Oct. 23, in Room 400 of the Capitol to discuss the latest with CMS on its transition to the new Medicare Advantage plan. Linda Brookhart of the State Universities Annuitants Association will be on hand with many others interested in the hearing. I’m glad to provide you some background or connect you with Linda there.
_Pensions – Nothing specific happening yet on this issue, but that could change quickly. More as I know it.