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AM: Spokane Med School On Wish List

Dave LaFountaine, project supervisor for Burton Construction, guides in the new Spokane Falls Community College planetarium dome on the school's campus Wednesday in Spokane. The dome, built by Burton Construction, weights 17,000 pounds and is 30 feet in diameter. Jim Camden SR story here. (SR photo: Dan Pelle)

Should Coffee Be Washington Drink?

Bills have been introduced in the Washington Legislature that would make coffee the official state beverage and Tenino sandstone the state rock. The Olympian reports the coffee bill was introduced by Rep. Barbara Bailey of Oak Harbor. The rock bill was introduced by Sen. Dan Swecker of Rochester. In other proposed legislation, Rep. Jim McCune of Graham has introduced a bill to make English the official language of the state/Associated Press. More here.

Question: What could be considered the state drink of Idaho?

WVA Fights Domestic-Partners Law

Item: Washington Values Alliance seeks to overturn “Everything-But-Marriage” legislation/Rich Roesler, Eye On Olympia

More Info: As expected, Washington Values Alliance president Larry Stickney this afternoon filed a ballot measure to overturn Senate Bill 5688, which grants state-registered domestic partners most of the rights of married spouses. More than 5,000 couples have registered in the past two years, including many same-sex couples.

Question: Do you support/oppose the “everything-but-marriage” legislation?

EOO: Public Breastfeeding Protected

Gov. Chris Gregoire today signed into law House Bill 1596, which declares that the right of a mother to breastfeed her child in public places is a civil right protected by Washington’s anti-discrimination law. “This new law will eliminate one more obstacle that women are faced with day in and day out,” said Rep. Tami Green, D-Lakewood. It takes effect in 90 days. Washington is already one of at least 25 states that have passed laws explicitly declaring that breastfeeding or expressing breast milk does not constitute indecent exposure/Rich Roesler, Eye on Olympia. More here.

Question: Do you agree with the step taken by the state of Washington to elevate breast-feeding in public to a civil right?

EOO: Bill Protects Public Breastfeeding

Washington’s state House of Representatives today approved House Bill 1596, which would declare that a mother’s right to breastfeed in public places is a civil right protected by the state’s anti-discrimination law. Mothers would be free to breastfeed in any public place, including restaurants, stores, malls, parks, libraries and government offices. There is already a law on the books protecting the mothers from being charged with indecent exposure. HB 1596 would allow anyone discriminated against to file a complaint with the state’s Human Rights Commission/Rich Roesler, Eye On Olympia. More here

Question: Should breast feeding in public be a protected civil right?

Washington Bill Would Ban Studs

Item: Lawmaker seeks studded-tire ban/Richard Roesler, SR

Peter Geissinger, a mechanic with Perfection Tire and Auto Repair at 604 E 2nd Ave., prepares to bag up a customer’s snow tires.
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To state Sen. Chris Marr, it’s a simple cost-benefit analysis. The cost: an estimated $18.2 million a year in state road damage from metal tire studs hammering away at pavement. The benefit: better traction only during a relatively rare driving condition: a roadway slick with sheet ice. Washington drivers, according to the state Department of Transportation, encounter those conditions only about 1 percent of the time. With Washington facing a $500 million transportation budget shortfall, Marr, D-Spokane, thinks it’s time to ban studs.


Question: Would you support bills to outlaw studded snow tires in Washington and Idaho? Or would you prefer that those who ran studs paid an extra fee to pay for road repair. Or would you prefer that legislators leave things alone?

Aplets & Cotlets? Washington’s Best?

Washington state legislators have a $6 billion budget shortfall to fix, but it’s nice to know they’re still seeing the Big Picture. Earlier in the legislative session, Rep. Mike Armstrong (R-Wenatchee) introduced a bill (HB 1024) to declare Aplets & Cotlets (manufactured in Cashmere) as the Official State Candy of Washington. The bill quickly became one of the most talked about of the session. Late last month, The Stranger mocked Aplets & Cotlets as “the square dancing of candy” and suggested instead Fran’s smoked salt caramels instead. Plus, The Stranger did some lefty big-city name-dropping that Michelle and Barack Obama say Fran’s caramels are the First Couple’s fave/Kevin Taylor, Inlander. More here.

Question: (for Washingtonians) Do you support naming Aplets & Cotlets as the Washington state candy? (For Idahoans) Which candy would you name as Idaho’s state confectionary?

Solons Target Teacher-Student Sex

Item: Teacher-student sex targeted: Lawmakers, others want tough law after state court ruling on 18-year-olds/Rich Roesler, SR Eye On Olympia

More Info:  It’s not illegal for a teacher to have consensual sex with an 18-year-old student, a state appeals court said two weeks ago. The response from state lawmakers: Well, it ought to be. House and Senate legislators want to ban any sexual contact between school employees and students when there’s more than five years’ difference in their ages. Violations would be a felony punishable by up to five years in prison.

Question: This is simple common sense, right? Anyone want to argue that 18-year-olds are adults with the right to vote — so they should be able to date whom they want?

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