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Higher education a hot topic as Legislature kicks off 2018 session

January 12, 2018

The Legislature kicked off the 2018 session Monday with a changed political landscape. Voters in the 45th Legislative District elected Manka Dhingra giving Democrats a one-vote majority in the Senate. The change in the chamber's majority meant changes in agendas, leadership, committee charges and committee membership. It also means Democrats control the both houses of the Legislature and the governorship, making it more likely bills supported by the party will pass and become law. >>

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