Also in the Statehouse:
The Senate passed a bill to legalize charitable bingos, raffles and friendly poker games. However, legislation would be meaningless if constitutional amendment fails, which looks increasingly likely.
The House also passed a bill that would help out-of-state hunters avoid jail time for minor hunting violations.
The state’s economic experts say the budget shortfall won’t be quite as high as predicted earlier, but will still be about $800 million.
A bill in the Senate that would create an Arizona-style immigration enforcement law is now on the Senate floor.
Legislation to begin restructuring the state’s government also cleared a subcommittee.