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WA Lege Day 71: Corrections officers

OLYMPIA -- Corrections officers from around the state are in Olympia this morning to testify in support of a bill that would grant them collective bargaining rights for safety issues.

Meanwhile, the governor is at the Monroe Corrections Facility announcing the results of the study into the largest "safety failure" in corrections, the strangling of a guard at that facility earlier this year.

EHB 2011 is before the Senate Labor and Commerce Committee this morning, where it's sponsor Rep. Mike Sells of Everett described it as a common sense approach: "Who's going to know the moste about the safest way to do things at our  institutions?" he asked. Answer: The people who work there.

In other action, the House takes up changes in the GET program and the Senate had a resolution recognizing Turkey..

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Jim Camden
Jim Camden is the Olympia bureau chief, covering the Legislature and state government. He also is a political columnist and blogger for Spin Control.

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