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Spin Control 2011 Washington Legislature archive

THURSDAY, JUNE 16, 2011

Gov. Chris Gregoire and Sen. Mike Baumgartner, R-Spokane, talk June 15, 2011 before the signing of his bill to consolidate some state agencies.  (Jim Camden/The Spokesman-Review)

In other action from Weds. bills signing 

Gov. Chris Gregoire congratulates Sen. Mike Baumgartner on the passage of his government consolidation bill just before she signs it. OLYMPIA -- All the political infighting, negotiating and debating of the last weeks of the special session were essentially condensed Wednesday with bill signings for...

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THURSDAY, JUNE 2, 2011

2011 WA Lege: Counting the votes

OLYMPIA -- With the Legislature a full week in the books, the group WashingtonVotes, has released its annual statistics about the number of bills introduced and passed, the votes taken...and the votes missed. Topping the list of missed House votes was Rep. Larry Crouse, R-Spokane...

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SUNDAY, MAY 29, 2011

SATURDAY, MAY 28, 2011

2011 WA Lege: Counting winners and losers 

OLYMPIA – In a legislative marathon that took an extra 30 days, the 2011 Legislature may have produced an extra helping of winners and losers. How big the victories and how bitter the losses may not be known for some time, but it is clear...

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FRIDAY, MAY 27, 2011

2011 WA Lege: In other action...

OLYMPIA – At times, it may have seemed that the only issues the Washington legislature worked on during the past session were budgets and medical marijuana. Those things did take considerable amounts of time during the last four months, but lawmakers passed 444 different pieces...

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THURSDAY, MAY 26, 2011


WA Lege: The day after

OLYMPIA -- It is the day after the night before at the Capitol. Not quite a ghost town 12 hours after the gavel came down for the legislative session, but very little trace of what was here for the last four and a half months....

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 25, 2011



Medical marijuana: Rolling out another one

OLYMPIA -- With prosects for medical marijuana legislation dead in the Legislature, a group unhappy with what's left of the cannabis law post-veto will try to get it on the November ballot so voters can dump it. Steve Sarich of CannaCare filed Referendum 73 with...

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Rep. Matt Shea, R-Spokane Valley, argues for a vote against the Capital Budget bond bill which contains $1.1 billion in projects around the state. (Jim Camden/The Spokesman-Review)

Spec Sess Day 30: House passes Capital Budget

Rep. Matt Shea, R-Spokane Valley, argues against the Capital Budget supported by some $1.1 billion in bond sales. OLYMPIA -- The House of Representatives gave overwhelming support this morning to some $2.8 billion in public works projects -- from new facilities for universities to sewers...

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TUESDAY, MAY 24, 2011


Legislative leaders discuss deal on the 2011-13 operating budget on May 24, 2011. From left, Sen. Mike Hewitt, Sen. Lisa Brown, Sen. Joe Zarelli, Sen. Ed Murray, Rep. Ross Hunter, Rep. Pat Sullivan. (Jim Camden/The Spokesman-Review)

Spec Sess Day 29: One budget out, another on the way 

Legislative leaders announce proposed 2011-13 general operating budget Tuesday. OLYMPIA -- Legislative leaders unveiled their latest -- and possibly final -- version of the 2011-13 operating budget they described as painful but sustainable. A deal on the capital budget and changes to the state's debt...

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MONDAY, MAY 23, 2011

Workers comp passes Senate

OLYMPIA – After tying the Legislature in knots for much of the last three months, changes to the state’s century-old workers compensation sped through both houses Monday with comfortable margins. It passed the House 69-26, and the Senate 35-12. The changes, which also have the...

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Shea idea key to workers comp deal

OLYMPIA -- A key piece to the puzzle of making changes to the state's workers compensation system came from Rep. Matt Shea, who suggested negotiators drop the idea of "lump sum" payments in favor of structured settlements. Shea, R-Spokane Valley, suggested a system that is...

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Workers comp bill passes House 69-26

OLYMPIA -- Major changes to the state's workers compensation system passed the House Monday on a 69-26 vote. Most proposed amendments were ruled out of order by Speaker Frank Chopp, and debate centered around whether injured workers would be helped or hurt by a change...

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Murray: 'No surprises' in budget

OLYMPIA -- Budget negotiators continue to hold tight on the details of the general operating budget while insisting there is no problem with the agreement. It's at the printer, will be distributed Tuesday to members at 9 a.m. and to the news media at 10...

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Brown: Med School, other projects in jeopardy

OLYMPIA -- A disagreement over how to set the state's debt limit could lead to billions in state projects, including the proposed Spokane Medical School, being delayed, Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown said today. To read the full post, or to comment, click here to...

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Rep. Ross Hunter, D-Medina, the House Ways and Means Committee chairman, says Monday a budget deal has been struck, but details won't be available until Tuesday. (Jim Camden/The Spokesman-Review)

Spec Sess Day 28: Budget deal done

Rep. Ross Hunter tells reporters Monday there's a deal on the operating budget, but it won't be released until Tuesday. OLYMPIA -- Budget negotiators have reached deal on the 2011-13 operating budget, Sen. Ed Murray, D-Seattle confirmed late this morning. "The good news is we...

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SUNDAY, MAY 22, 2011

OLYMPIA -- Gov. Chris Gregoire announces details of a proposed agreement on workers compensation system changes at a press conference with Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown and Senate Minority Leader Mike Hewitt. (Jim Camden/The Spokesman-Review)

Spec Sess Day 27: A deal on workers comp

Gov. Chris Gregoire announces proposed changes to the Workers Compensation system as Sens. Lisa Brown and Mike Hewitt look on. OLYMPIA – An agreement on offering settlements to injured workers could remove one of the main obstacles to the Legislature passing a budget for the...

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