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Inslee offers E. Washington asides at bill signings

Gov. Inslee pets service dogs Huckleberry and Huey who attended a bill signing with Darly Abbot of Olympia.

OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee might want to think about making more trips across the mountains to Eastern Washington.

Back from Tuesday's sojourn to Dayton, Starbuck and Palouse Falls State Park, the governor was in an especially chipper and talkative mood at his daily bill signing ceremony with plenty of East Side anecdotes.

Signing a bill for better management of the Milwaukee Road rail corridor, Inslee asked Rep. Matt Manweller,R-Ellensburg, the sponsor, if that wasn't also the John Wayne Trail. Yes, said Manweller, at which point the governor launched into an explanation of how Wayne learned lots about acting from Yakima Canutt, a fact he learned on a poster during the trip. Canutt, who did teach Wayne that rolling walk and was his stunt double in several films, was born in Colfax.

A bill to expand the authority of Fish and Wildlife officers to order people to produce identification and have fishing or hunting gear inspected would be welcome news to the mayor of Starbuck, who owns a tackle shop, he said. And he had the best burger of his governorship at the Rawhide Bar and Grill in that town.

One of the highlights of the trip, he said,  was signing the bill to make the falls the official state waterfall surrounded by students from Washtucna Elementary School, who came up with the idea and with good teachers turned it into a successful multi-grade project.

Inslee also signed bills outlawing involuntary servitude by coercion, and  legalizing growlers — the large bottles that can now be used to take cider home from bars and breweries, not the four-legged kind he's petting in the photo. 

Same sex marriage signing, ref filing on Monday

OLYMPIA — The same-sex marriage legislation will be signed at 11:30 a.m. Monday in a ceremony in the State Reception Room.

Gov. Chris Gregoire usually signs bills in her conference room, which has a long table, lots of chairs, and is the site for most gubernatorial press conferences. It usually plenty big for even the most famous or notorious legislation.

The Reception Room, which is one floor up in the Capitol Building, is significantly bigger. It is also more ornate, with Tiffany chandeliers, historic flags, piano, marble walls and columns in which the tour guides love to point out images in the stone. There's also a wooden dance floor under the carpet. (Not that there's any suggestion of dancing on Monday. Just a bit of random information for those not so familiar with the Capitol.)

They booked the Reception Room because they are expecting an even bigger crowd than the one that filled the conference room for Gregoire's announcement that she would support a same-sex marriage bill this session.

The Secretary of State's office is also prepared for the filing of a referendum by opponents of the legislation on Monday, almost as soon as the bill is signed. Under state law, the referendum petition can't be filed until the bill is signed.

It would be Referendum 73. If opponents can gather just under 121,000 valid signatures of state voters by June 6 — that's half what you need for an initiative — same-sex marriage goes on the November ballot.

WA Lege Day 99: Arghh. IT piracy bill be signed, matey

OLYMPIA — A bill aimed at cutting into information technology piracy in Asia and other foreign countries was signed into law today.

HB 1495,  backed heavily by Microsoft as it worked its way through the process, is designed to protect the state's software developers but has protection for stores that buy products without knowing they contain pirated IT. To read more about the bill, check this previous report.

To mark the occasion, some of the bill's sponsors and other supporters donned pirate eyepatches after Gov. Chris Gregoire signed the bill. The governor declined the offer of an eyepatch.

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Jim Camden is a veteran political reporter for The Spokesman-Review.

Jonathan Brunt is an enterprise reporter for The Spokesman-Review.

Kip Hill is a general assignments reporter for The Spokesman-Review.

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