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Tue., March 1, 2011, 11:21 a.m.

WA Lege Day 51: Running of the bills

OLYMPIA -- Both chambers continue full day floor sessions today as the Legislature rushes to get bills through their first house before the March 5 cutoff.

The Senate is running relatively non-controversial bills. For example, a bill to clarify some portions of the sex offender registry passed 49-0 in the Senate.

House has some controversial bills on the afternoon agenda, including new eligibility for Basic Health and the Children's Health Care programs. They'll also take up one that could lead to their own pay being cut.

Today's random fact: The Spanish rendering of notary public, notario publico, translates into lawyer. Because of that, the Legislature is considering a law to clamp down on people who may be improperty representing themselves as immigration attorneys to Spanish-speaking immigrants. SB 5023 passed 44-5 in the Senate and now heads for the house.

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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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