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WA Lege Day 50: Ten days left

OLYMPIA -- A day of floor votes expected today -- and possibly the evening -- with only the Senate Ways and Means Committee scheduled to meet this afternoon.

With only 10 days left in the session, that suggests the spillways will be opening for legislation that have passed one chamber and sit languishing in the other after getting out of the appropriate committees. The gate in the spillway is each chamber's Rules Committee.

Early reports this morning say the Senate Rules Committee will not allow a vote on HB 1413, the Washington Voting Rights Act, which is designed to reduce discrimination against minority groups by encouraging district elections instead of at-large elections. The bill passed the House in January on a partisan vote.

Stay tuned for updates.


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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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