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Wed., Feb. 10, 2010, 9:55 p.m.

WA Lege Day 31: Debate on I-960 changes begins anew

OLYMPIA -- Senate Democrats were able to bring their proposed fix to the suspension of Initaitve 960 to the floor at about 9:40 p.m., which is more than two hours earlier than expected.

Debate began with amendments by Republicans to put things back into law that the Democratic measure seeks to strip out of the bill: voter notification, advisory votes in November for any tax increase the Legislature imposes in the spring.

The first two went down with Republicans and a few Democrats including Sen. Chris Marr, D-Spokane, voting yes but the majority of Democrats voting no.

Final vote could still be sometime after midnight. The debate is supposed to be the same, albeit somewhat more strident, than Tuesday's. The result is expected to be the same, also.

The Spokesman-Review's press deadline is much earlier, however, so Spin Control will close down and update in the morning.

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