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Spokane-area residents will have chances to ask their legislators what’s going on in Olympia this weekend at several town hall meetings scheduled for Saturday.
Sen. Andy Billig, Reps. Timm Ormsby and Marcus Riccelli, all Democrats from central Spokane’s 3rd District, have a 10 a.m. meeting at Shadle Park High School Auditorium, 4327 N. Ash, and a 2 p.m. meeting at Emmanuel Family Life Center, 631 S. Richard Allen Ct.
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Residents of Spokane's 3rd Legislative District might be getting a call around 6 p.m. Wednesday inviting them to participate in a tele-town hall.
A what? you might say.
It's like a town hall meeting, only on the telephone.
Sen. Lisa Brown and Reps. Timm Ormsby and Andy Billig will all be on the other end. Or more accurately, another ends. In a tele-town hall, there are lots of ends because hundreds of people can be on the line.
Participants can ask their questions, and listen to the questions of others and the answers from the three Democratic legislators. If you want to participate but don't get a call, you can dial toll-free at 1-877-229-8493. You'll have to enter an ID code when requested, of 18646.
A spokeswoman said the three legislators decided to do a town hall meeting by phone because scheduling a session in Spokane early the session can be difficult. They may do one in person later.
For 6th District residents, however, can ask their state senator questions the old fashioned, face-to-face way on Saturday. Sen. Mike Baumgartner is holding two standard town hall meetings.
The first will be at 8 a.m. at the Multipurpose Room, PUB 101, on EWU Cheney campus. (It's hosted by the Associated Students of Eastern Washington University, who apparently don't plan to party late into the night Friday to be up bright and early for the town hall meeting…or maybe they just won't go to bed until after the meeting is over.)
Another meeitng is at 10:30 a.m. at the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture in Browne's Addition, 2316 West 1st Ave.
OLYMPIA – A coalition of House Democrats and education advocates are asking the courts to void the supermajority required for tax increases, arguing that it’s an unconstitutional limit on legislative authority.
State Republicans and the sponsor of initiatives that have repeatedly resulted in voters imposing that two-thirds majority quickly denounced the lawsuit as ignoring the will of the voters.
Tim Eyman, who had another such initiative certified Monday for this November’s ballot, said the suit could boost that measure. It could also provide campaign fodder for Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob McKenna, who as state attorney general will have the task of defending the supermajority requirement in the courts.
“This is going to bode well for us,” Eyman said of Initiative 1125. “It’s an extraordinary gift they’ve given to the McKenna campaign.”
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 support of Gov. Chris Gregoire and should soon become law, are projected to save the disability system some $1.1 billion over the next four years and stave off double digit rate increases for businesses.
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There's a break in the legislative action this weekend, so several Spokane-area legislators will be back in their home districts to hold town hall meetings.
The break is a result of the Legislature passing a major deadline for voting bills out of one chamber, and not yet reaching a key point in crafting the next biennium's budget, the state economic forecast which comes out March 17. Because of that, neither house is in session this weekend, so it's a good time for legislators to head home for a few days, and Saturday seems like a good day for town hall meetings.
Here's a list of what's scheduled for Saturday.
6th Legislative District
Sen. Mike Baumgartner, Reps. Kevin Parker and John Ahern
10:30 a.m. Northwood Middle School gymnasium, 13120 N. Pittsburg St.
2 p.m., Education themed town hall at Northwood Middle School library, 13120 N. Pittsburg St.
5 p.m. town hall at the MAC, 2316 W. 1st Ave.
OLYMPIA — News that the FBI was making an arrest in the MLK Day bomb plot came as a surprise here yesterday — not just to legislators who have been ensconced in the capital for two months but to Spokane County's top law official.
Spokane County Prosecutor Steve Tucker was in Olympia for “Law and Justice Day”, a day set aside for the state's prosecuting attorneys to lobby their legislators. He was enroute from one Spokane-area senator's office to another's Wednesday morning about the time FBI agents (and some media) were closing in on Kevin Harpham's home near Addy.
Bumping into Tucker on the sidewalk, I decided to see if I could pick up a tidbit of news to feed back to Spokane. So, I asked, the FBI is picking up someone in MLK parade bomb attempt?
They are? he replied, surprised. When told that was the word coming out of Spokane, he seemed pleased, but still surprised, and asked if I had any more details. The FBI, he said, always keeps things close to the vest.
A short time later, I happened upon Rep. Timm Ormsby, a Spokane Democrat who's district includes the downtown route of the parade, and mentioned the feds were making an arrest, again hoping for some little nugget of news. His brother, Mike Ormsby, is, after all, the U.S. attorney in Spokane.
Rep. Ormsby was surprised, too, and asked who and where. US Atty. Ormsby doesn't talk about the cases, he said.
OLYMPIA — The end of the session — or what was scheduled to be the end — is a time when various “legislator of the year” awards are announced. But one that seems to have some currency in the halls of the Capitol went to Rep. Timm Ormsby.
Ormsby of Spokane was named to that honor by the House Democratic staff, making him the first Spokane area legislator to get the award.
It’s such a big deal that his name goes on a placque in the Democratic caucus room. But it is a big deal among staff, one source said.
The deal is that only the Democratic legislative aides get a vote. And they can’t vote for their own boss (otherwise we’d be looking at something like a 61-way tie.)
Staffers aren’t even supposed to lobby for their own boss, the source said. Ormsby won this year because he’s recognized as someone who generally cares about his staff, doesn’t waste people’s time, and takes on the hard fights.
The source spoke on condition of not being identified. But no, it’s not one of Ormsby’s staff. (Stop being so cynical.)
OLYMPIA – A proposal to raise the state sales tax by 1 cent on the dollar, and tie it to high levels of unemployment, was introduced Thursday in the state House of Representatives.
Rep. Timm Ormsby, D-Spokane and one of the House Bill 3183’s 15 co-sponsors, calls it “an interesting concept”, even while conceding the sales tax is “a terrible revenue source.”
“I’m not crazy about the sales tax. But it’s one of the very few options available to the state,” he said.
The bill would raise the state’s share of the sales tax by 1 percent starting June 30, with 80 percent going to the state’s general fund, and most of the rest being set aside for roads and bridges. It would keep that extra penny per dollar in place until the state’s unemployment rate dropped to 6.5 percent for four straight months. The other half-cent would come off after the unemployment rate dropped to 5 percent.
Minutes after the bill was introduced, the Washington Policy Center, a conservative organization, was warning the sales tax could be in place for a long time. The state’s current unemployment rate is 9.5 percent and a tax increase of this magnitude could cost the state thousands more jobs, said Jason Mercier of the policy center.
Ormsby said the bill was introduced in the hope of getting a hearing in the House Ways and Means Committee and generating discussion: “I’ll be interested to see what kind of reaction is out there.”
There is no similar proposal in the Senate. Gov. Chris Gregoire has said she’d consider any options the Legislature sent her, but has not called for a sales tax increase.