The Senate Public Affairs Committee had a busy night. --- The committee had a series of high profile bills in front of it, from drivers license legislation to gun control legislation. Neither advanced to the next committee, although the gun control legislation will be back on Thursday for another hearing in the committee.

The committee went until after 11 pm, perhaps being the latest committee of the session so far.

Such hearings will be more and more commonplace in coming days. And as the very final days tick off the calendar, to mix some metaphors, floor hearings can go past midnight -- wreaking havoc with newspaper deadlines.

Luckily, the Word comes out at 4:30 am, so the late night news will be here -- and posts will continue to go up until the stories are over.

On to the Word: