Eye On Olympia archive for Feb. 2004

THURSDAY, FEB. 26, 2004

Know your neighbors...

A new statewide sex offender database was launched Thursday. By typing in your address, the database will create a map with dots showing the nearest registered Level II and Level III sex offenders. Clicking on the dots reveals a photo and information on the offender.The...

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About that elephant in your back yard...

If you're thinking of getting a pet rhino, do it soon. A bill to ban private ownership of a long list of wild animals is stampeding through the Legislature.Engrossed Second Substitute House Bill 1151 would ban possession of "potentially dangerous wild animals," including:-lions, tigers and...

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Losing the environmental vote...

"It like we have a choice of draining the swamp and killing the crocodiles, or adding water and feeding the crocodiles. And unfortunately, I think we did the latter." Rep. Mike Carrell, R-Lakewood, apparently referring to a House proposal to use state money to help...

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 25, 2004

And McCaslin was there...

A hundred and fifty years ago Friday, about two dozen members of the territorial legislature convened for their first session. They met on the second floor of a general store near Olympia's waterfront, and lawmakers arrived on foot, by horseback, and in canoes. Their average...

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Good news for WSU...

"We're really just paralyzed in Spokane until we move ahead with that. The classrooms are full." WSU's Larry Ganders, on why the state should pony up $31 million for a new Riverpoint Academic Center at WSU's Riverpoint campus in downtown Spokane. House and Senate budget...

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FRIDAY, FEB. 20, 2004

THURSDAY, FEB. 19, 2004

The Fourth Estate tax...

"If there was ever a case of us shooting ourselves in the foot -- giving the newspapers a tax break -- this is it." Rep. Jerome Delvin, R-Richland, on a bill to grant a sales-tax break for computers used in printing and publishing.

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Got a lockout?

The annual Dairy Day in Olympia, coming on the heels of the always-popular Potato Day, rarely causes much of a stir. After all, what's objectionable about touting your industry by handing out free ice cream bars?Some lawmakers were annoyed this year, however, when the annual...

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Letting fly...

Patriotism trumps homeowners' association rules, under a bill passed unanimously this week by the state House of Representatives.House Bill 2934 says that homeowners' associations may not ban a resident from flying the U.S. flag. It allows for "reasonable rules" for the placement of the flag...

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MONDAY, FEB. 16, 2004

When will that be?

"When I am an old lady, I will still wear purple."-Sen. Adam Kline, D-Seattle, wearing one of the trademark purple raincoats of the Service Employees' International Union, during a soggy rally Monday in Olympia. Kline was referring to the title of a popular women's book...

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FRIDAY, FEB. 13, 2004

Giving it the old college try...

When a Vancouver senator pushed through a bill to study adding a new state college in the area, a couple of Spokane lawmakers saw their chance.Brand-new Sen. Brian Murray and Senate Minority Leader Lisa Brown teamed up Friday to try to amend the bill, by...

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 11, 2004


MONDAY, FEB. 9, 2004

Forgotten but not gone...

Every four years or so, the state Department of Revenue auctions off the contents of safe-deposit boxes abandoned at banks. (Under state law, the contents of the boxes are turned over to the state after five years of unpaid rent.)The next such auction will be...

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THURSDAY, FEB. 5, 2004

Echoes of a lost homeland...

A cramped Senate hearing room was witness to an odd scene Wednesday: old men in makeshift military uniforms, representing a nation that ceased to exist nearly 30 years ago. Girls in flowing Vietnamese ao dai dresses handed lawmakers yellow flags with three red stripes --...

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TUESDAY, FEB. 3, 2004

And don't touch that muffler, kid...

Prompted by a man whose ex-wife was schlepping their five-year-old son around on her motorcycle, Sen. Debbie Regala wants the state to require that kids be six years old -- or able to rest their feet on a bike's passenger foot pegs -- before riding...

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MONDAY, FEB. 2, 2004

When everything's a rice cake...

If you ever want to know where to eat in south Puget Sound, state Rep. Dennis Flannigan is your guy.Craving Norwegian crepes, slathered in butter? Try the Sons of Norway lodge in Tacoma. Great burgers? A hamburger stand in remote Elbe. Be it German desserts,...

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