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WA Lege Day 30: Debate on debate

OLYMPIA — A debate on how to debate the changes to tax-raising laws pits Republicans, who want to be able to have unlimited debate, against Democrats, who say that three-minutes per senator is enough and unlimited debate is really just obstructionism.

Sen. Mark Schoesler, R-Ritzville, said the three-minute speech rule should be suspended for “one of the critical issues of this session.”

Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown, D-Spokane, said that proposal is “in the spirit of obstrucing” the issue through filibustering. With five different amendments, and each of the 49 senators speaking, that’s 250 speakers. At three-minutes per, they could be there all day, she noted.

“We’re prepared to be here as long as it takes,” Brown said.

Schoesler’s proposal dies on a party-line vote.

I-960 hearing: Testimony over, committee discussion to come

OLYMPIA — Testimony for and against a proposal to suspend some provisions of Initiative 960 and permanently change others is over.

The Senate Ways and Means Committee is scheduled to have an “executive session” at some future date. Rest of the day’s hearing is scheduled to be filled with olther bills, such as a proposal end some tax exemptions for utilities that buy machinery and equipment to bulid renewable energy geneation sources.

Initial schedule called for the exec session on the I-960 bill to be today, but it appears they’ll fill out the time with other bills.

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