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WA Lege Day 75: Workers comp is 100

Cherry blossoms starting to bloom at the Washington state Capitol campus, March 25, 2011. (Jim Camden/The Spokesman-Review)
Cherry blossoms starting to bloom at the Washington state Capitol campus, March 25, 2011. (Jim Camden/The Spokesman-Review)

OLYMPIA -- There's an air of TGIF around the Capitol, with light schedules in committees and some morning floor activity.

The Senate has a resolution commemorating the 100th anniversary of the state's Workers Compensation System. Democrats may be eager to wish it many happy returns but some Republicans and many in the business community would like to see it retired, if not pushing up daisies. (Speaking of flowers, spring is starting to take hold around Olympia, with daffodils up and cherry trees starting to blossom.) When that's done, they are scheduled to vote on several bills including banning phosphorus in lawn fertilizer and assessing fees for electric vehicles to make them help pay for road construction and maintenance that's covered by gasoline taxes.

The House is expected to vote on a Transportation Budget and a bill that would make vote-by-mail the standard throughout the state...which is to say, get rid of poll site voting in Pierce County.

It's a cut-off day, and any policy bill from one chamber that isn't out of the committee in the other chamber by day's end is essentially dead.

Speaking of anniversaries, it's the 100th anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire, which helped crystallize the modern labor movement. There's a demonstration to mark that anniversary in Spokane at 5 p.m. tonight at the corner of Ruby and North Division.




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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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