Spin Control archive for May 2011

TUESDAY, MAY 31, 2011

OLYMPIA -- Gov. Chris Gregoire practices opening and covering herself with a fire shelter  Tuesday at a training session with the Department of Natural Resources. The training session is necessary for being on site at a wildfire or forest fire. (Jim Camden/The Spokesman-Review)

Fire danger light this season 

Gov. Chris Gregoire opens a fire shelter during the annual training and test required for being on site at a wildfire or forest fire. OLYMPIA -- With snow still on the mountains and plenty of rain this spring in the lowlands, the danger of wildfires...

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SUNDAY, MAY 29, 2011

SATURDAY, MAY 28, 2011

FRIDAY, MAY 27, 2011

2011 WA Lege: In other action...

OLYMPIA – At times, it may have seemed that the only issues the Washington legislature worked on during the past session were budgets and medical marijuana. Those things did take considerable amounts of time during the last four months, but lawmakers passed 444 different pieces...

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THURSDAY, MAY 26, 2011

WA Lege: The day after

OLYMPIA -- It is the day after the night before at the Capitol. Not quite a ghost town 12 hours after the gavel came down for the legislative session, but very little trace of what was here for the last four and a half months....

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Senate passes operating, capital budgets

OLYMPIA -- The Senate gave strong bipartisan support to the state's $32.2 billion operating budget for 2011-13, and near unanimous suppoort to the $2.8 billion Capital Budget. Senators praised one another for crossing party lines and working together to work out compromises on a budget...

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TUESDAY, MAY 24, 2011

MONDAY, MAY 23, 2011

Workers comp passes Senate

OLYMPIA – After tying the Legislature in knots for much of the last three months, changes to the state’s century-old workers compensation sped through both houses Monday with comfortable margins. It passed the House 69-26, and the Senate 35-12. The changes, which also have the...

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Shea idea key to workers comp deal

OLYMPIA -- A key piece to the puzzle of making changes to the state's workers compensation system came from Rep. Matt Shea, who suggested negotiators drop the idea of "lump sum" payments in favor of structured settlements. Shea, R-Spokane Valley, suggested a system that is...

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Workers comp bill passes House 69-26

OLYMPIA -- Major changes to the state's workers compensation system passed the House Monday on a 69-26 vote. Most proposed amendments were ruled out of order by Speaker Frank Chopp, and debate centered around whether injured workers would be helped or hurt by a change...

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Murray: 'No surprises' in budget

OLYMPIA -- Budget negotiators continue to hold tight on the details of the general operating budget while insisting there is no problem with the agreement. It's at the printer, will be distributed Tuesday to members at 9 a.m. and to the news media at 10...

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