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Tue., Feb. 15, 2011, 10:31 a.m.

WA Lege Day 37: Chained dogs, newspaper corrections, park fees

OLYMPIA -- A long day of hearings as the Legislature approaches its first deadline for getting bills out of their first committee.

Senate Judiciary Committee has a hearing on a bill that lrequires chained or tethered dogs be treated in a humane manner, and another bill that sets rules for newspapers correcting defamatory statements.restrict the chaining or tethering of dogs.

House Ways and Means Committee has a hearing on a proposal to charge $10 for a day visit to a state park, or $30 for a yearly "Discover Pass."

House Agriculture Committee has a hearing on a bill covering the illegal hunting of big game.

Senate Higher Education Committee has one on a bill to create a new state university, the University of North Puget Sound, in Everett.

There were supposed to be competing media events on the TransAlta coal-fired generating station in Centralia, but the Sierra Club's anti-coal burning press conference was cancelled. The TransAlta pro-generator rally apparently will take place.

It's also Dealership Day, which is the day auto dealers make a pilgrimage to Olympia (presumably in the latest models) to talk with their legislators.

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