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Wed., March 9, 2011, 11:06 a.m.

WA Lege Day 59: Fertilizer among the topics

OLYMPIA -- Another full day of hearings today for the House and Senate, with bills that include topics such as fertilizer.

Some people may think that most of what the Legislature spends its time on is a certain type of fertilizer. But this is lawn fertilizer...the kind that has phosphorus in it.

The Senate Environment Committee has the House proposal to ban lawn fertilizers with phosphorus for residential lawn use as a way of reducing the chemical in streams after storm runoff. It's supported by environmental groups and some cities, including Spokane, but opposed by some agricultural interests, among others.

There's also a hearing in Senate Judiciary on easing restrictions on noise suppressors for firearms, a bill that passed the House  before cutoff.

Among hearings in the House is a bill that would trim a day off the max sentences on gross misdemenanors.

That last may be appropriate for the designated "Law and Justice Day" which this is, by decree of the  Washington Association of Prosecuting Attorneys.




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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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