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Spin Control 2013 Washington Legislature archive

FRIDAY, FEB. 14, 2014

Innovate WA on the chopping block 

OLYMPIA – A state agency with roots in Spokane’s 1980s push to attract more high-tech jobs to the region would be eliminated under legislation approved this week by the House. Innovate Washington would cease to exist and its Riverpoint building, leases on other office space...

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WEDNESDAY, NOV. 20, 2013

Transpo package gets hearing today

OLYMPIA – Senate negotiators will begin the push today for a package of new road projects and improved maintenance that could complete the long-discussed North Spokane Corridor and raise gasoline taxes by 11.5 cents over three years. The package of 10 related bills, with a...

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TUESDAY, NOV. 19, 2013

THURSDAY, NOV. 14, 2013

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 13, 2013

Senate per diems for Special Session = $8,460

OLYMPIA -- The three-day special session cost the state $8,460 in per diem expenses for members of the state Senate. That's the tally released today from the Secretary of the Senate's office, from per diem requests filed by senators from last week's Thursday-through-Saturday session. Legislators...

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MONDAY, NOV. 11, 2013

Fractured metaphor

OLYMPIA -- There's an axiom in politics that anything worth saying is worth repeating, sometimes ad infinitum. Based on the late great special session, it would seem that even things not worth saying are worth repeating. That would be the only explanation for something Sen....

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Inslee signing Boeing legislation today

OLYMPIA -- Gov. Jay Inslee travels to the Museum of Flight this morning to sign legislation passed over the weekend in the hurry-up special session. Probably an appropriate backdrop, considering the session was all about luring a new Boeing assembly line and wing manufacturing plant...

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SATURDAY, NOV. 9, 2013

Senate passes Boeing bills 

OLYMPIA -- The Senate gave overwhelming approval to bills designed to convince Boeing to build a new jetliner in Washington but rejected calls to spread the tax benefits and streamlined permit approvals to all businesses in the state. On a 42 to 2 vote, the...

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FRIDAY, NOV. 8, 2013

Murray steps down as Senate Dem leader

OLYMPIA -- Sen. and Seattle mayor-elect Ed Murray said he's dropping one of his titles, that of Senate Democratic leader. Murray said he was relinquishing that post and Sen. David Frockt, D-Seattle, was stepping in as interim leader for the special session. Murray will remain...

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THURSDAY, NOV. 7, 2013


OLYMPIA -- Sen. Joe Fain, R-Auburn, Majority Coalition floor leader, moves through the pro forma opening of the Legislature's Third Special Session with Sen. Rodney Tom, D-Medina, foreground, and Sens. Karen Fraser, D-Olympia, Brian Hatfield D-Raymond and David Frockt, D-Seattle, (l-to-r in background) (Jim Camden)

Special Session 3: They're baaaack. . .

Sen. Joe Fain, R-Auburn, leads a lightly populated Senate through the pro forma opening for this year's Third Special Session. OLYMPIA -- The Legislature convened -- or should we say reconvened -- this morning, although if you overslept or lingered over that second cup of...

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WEDNESDAY, NOV. 6, 2013

Baumgartner to hold meeting before session

Before heading to Olympia for the start of the special session, state Sen. Mike Baumgartner wants to hear from constituents. He's holding a "mobile office" session in Airway Heights on his way out of town. "I want to answer questions and receive feedback about what...

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TUESDAY, NOV. 5, 2013

Special session starts Thursday

OLYMPIA – The Washington Legislature will meet in a special session starting Thursday to consider a $10 billion transportation package and other legislation Gov. Jay Inslee said is key to landing the manufacturing plant for a new Boeing jetliner. Standing with legislative leaders, Boeing executives...

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TUESDAY, AUG. 27, 2013

SATURDAY, JUNE 29, 2013


WA Lege: That's all, folks

OLYMPIA – After 153 days, the Washington Legislature decided Saturday it had had enough, even though Gov. Jay Inslee wanted it to do more. In quick succession, the House and Senate passed a $3.6 billion spending plan for large capital construction projects with large majorities...

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Capital budget passes. Lege to adjourn

OLYMPIA -- The Legislature passed a $3.6 billion capital projects budget this evening as its last action of its protracted session. In quick succession, the House and Senate both passed the list of projects and gave the state the authority to sell bonds to build...

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OLYMPIA -- Sen. Maralyn Chase, D-Shoreline, holds Henry Schlicher on the floor of the Senate while his father, Sen. Nathan Schlicher, D-Gig Harbor, handles a motion during debate Saturday. (Jim Camden)

Quite moment on Senate floor

OLYMPIA -- Sen. Maralyn Chase, D-Shoreline, holds Henry Schlicher while his father, Sen. Nathan Schlicher, D-Gig Harbor, handles a motion on the Senate floor. The extended special session prompted Schlicher to bring his son to the Legislature Saturday.

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Transpo package dead

OLYMPIA -- That sound you heard was the last gasp death rattle of a $10 billion plan to raise gasoline taxes to pay for new road projects, fix existing roads and bridges and boost mass transit. Despite a plea from Gov. Jay INslee earlier in...

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FRIDAY, JUNE 28, 2013

What's in the state budget "deal", anyway?

OLYMPIA -- There was very little information on the 2013-15 operating budget that was announced Thursday, and only "broad-brush" details emerged during the day. Late last night, however, the Legislature got the whole enchilada up on the budget website. Plenty of time for everyone to...

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THURSDAY, JUNE 27, 2013

OLYMPIA-Gov. Jay Inslee and legislative negotiators announce they've reached a deal on the state's operating budget. (Jim Camden)

Budget agreement reached

Inslee and legislative leaders say there's a budget deal. OLYMPIA – After 150 days of debating, posturing and negotiating legislative leaders and Gov. Jay Inslee reached agreement Thursday – Day 151 – on a $33.6 billion spending plan to carry many state programs through the...

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Tougher DUI bill passes House

OLYMPIA -- Like the Senate a day before, the House gave unanimous approval Thursday to tougher penalties for people who drive drunk or under the influence of drugs. It requires anyone arrested on a second driving under the influence charge be taken to jail, spends...

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OLYMPIA-Gov. Jay Inslee and legislative negotiators announce they've reached a deal on the state's operating budget. (Jim Camden)

Announcing the deal

OLYMPIA -- Here's what it looked like when Gov. Jay Inslee announced they had a budget deal. . . just before the left without answering any questions about it Left to right: Senate Ways and Means Chairman Andy Hill, House Minority Leader Dan Kristiansen, Senate...

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 26, 2013

Senate passes tougher DUI bill

OLYMPIA – The Senate gave unanimous approval Wednesday to tougher laws against people who drive drunk or under the influence of drugs, particularly repeat offenders. The proposal would require an automatic arrest for a second offense, and require ignition interlock devices on their vehicles before...

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