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WA Lege Day 22: Of motorcyclists and traffic cams

OLYMPIA -- Another full day of  hearings with subjects ranging from turning wood waste into airplane fuel to turning high schoolers into graduates.

House Public Safety will take up the issue motorcycle "profiling", which is not deciding how your Harley looks from the side. Some motorcyclists contend they are routinely singled out for stops by law enforcement, just because they are on motorcycles. Police generally deny this. It's a perennial fight which legislators often weigh into, albeit with little success of getting something through both chambers.

House Technology will consider authorizing a demonstration project to turn wood waste into aviation fuel.

House Education has a series of bills involving high schoolers, including those on math and science requirements and another on statewide assessments for graduation.

Most crowded hearing of the day could be House Transportation's consideration of three bills seeking to regulate the use of traffic cameras by local governments. Traffic cams have generated several initiatives from Tim Eyman, and  he's holding press conferences around the state this week on them.

Senate Higher Ed has hearings on setting up an on-line university and another on creating a four-year college in Snohomish County.

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Jim Camden
Jim Camden joined The Spokesman-Review in 1981. He is currently the political reporter and state government reporter in the newspaper's Olympia bureau office.

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