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Eye On Olympia archive for Jan. 1, 2006

THURSDAY, FEB. 9, 2006

Waiting for the Supremes...

For weeks, reporters, lawyers, gay and lesbian people, church groups and state lawmakers have made a Wednesday-evening ritual of checking the state Supreme Court's website. That's the time when the court posts the names of the cases that it rules on each Thursday morning.The cases…

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No comment...

Spokesman-Review humor columnist Doug Clark -- who has long played in a local rock band -- composed a song about Washington legislators' efforts to pass a law banning, yes, bestiality.It's posted here.That's all we'll say.

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 8, 2006

Ideas to save your money...

Each year, Secretary of State Sam Reed hands out awards to state workers who come up with ways to make government more efficient or cheaper.Among this year's crop:-Kennewick State trooper David Wilbur: change the oil in pursuit vehicles every 5,000 miles instead of every 3,000.…

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TUESDAY, FEB. 7, 2006

Assisted-death initiative...

Gov. Chris Gregoire was asked Tuesday whether she'd support former Gov. Booth Gardner's push for a citizen's initiative to allow doctors to help terminally-ill patients end their lives."I'm not prepared to answer that question today, but I do believe that it's a question that should…

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A McCaslin moment...

"Senator Weinstein, I know you're a freshman, but please try to pay attention when there's a senior citizen making a speech on the floor. It could be my last. (Looks around Senate.) I know you're all hoping it is." --Sen. Bob McCaslin, 79.

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MONDAY, FEB. 6, 2006

Will they strike out again?

AquaSox, Indians, Bears, Rainiers and Dust Devils fans take heart: an unusual alliance of lawmakers from Everett, Spokane, Yakima, Tacoma and the Tri-Cities are trying to wring millions of dollars for minor-league baseball stadium repairs out of the state Legislature.Read our story here.

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THURSDAY, FEB. 2, 2006

Yet more interesting bills...

-SB 6876: (Sponsored by 18 lawmakers): “Prohibiting the Superintendent of Public Instruction from encouraging or promoting the teaching of sexual orientation.” From the text of the bill: “The legislature further finds that the office of superintendent of public instruction has published materials that encourage the…

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 1, 2006

Pardon?

We tend to have a television tuned to TVW during the session, keeping an ear on the low drone of committee hearings and other legislative white noise. Occasionally, someone commits news.Still, it was a little startling tonight, in the middle of a long meeting of…

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Voting in August...

After years of slapping the proposal down, the state Senate on Wednesday approved SB 6236, which would move the state's September primary election to August.County election officials and Secretary of State Sam Reed have long called for the change. Every year, they say, it's a…

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Interesting bills...

With bill cutoff looming, here are some of the more interesting bills floating around Olympia:-House Bill 3269: Creating Smoking Rooms: Prime-sponsored by Rep. Bill Grant, D-Walla Walla, this would allow bars, clubs or other public places to designate – subject to ventilation laws regarding secondhand…

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TUESDAY, JAN. 31, 2006

One way to cut costs...

Sen. Jim Kastama, D-Puyallup, has proposed Senate Bill 6871, "Removing Members of the Legislature from State Health Care Coverage."None of the other 146 lawmakers have signed on as co-sponsors. A hearing's slated for Thursday.

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Signed into law...

"A generation from now, citizens will wonder what took us so long. " -- Gov. Chris Gregoire, who on Tuesday signed a bill banning discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. Liberal lawmakers had been trying to pass the bill for 29 years.

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MONDAY, JAN. 30, 2006

Yup...

Ballot measure promoter Tim Eyman says that he'll file an initiative and a referendum this morning related to House Bill 2661, the recently-passed bill banning discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.Based on Eyman's preliminary info e-mailed to reporters, the measures look like a second…

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FRIDAY, JAN. 27, 2006

Gay-rights bill headed to governor's desk...

The bill passed the Senate, was rushed over to the House, which voted overwhelmingly to concur, and it's headed for the governor.At a jubilant press conference, Gov. Christine Gregoire said she intends to sign the bill into law on Tuesday morning.Bill sponsor Ed Murray said…

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THURSDAY, JAN. 26, 2006

Here we go again...

With the Superbowl faceoff between the Seahawks and Pittsburgh looming, Gov. Christine Gregoire made a bet this week with Pennsylvania Gov. Edward Rendell.Gregoire staked the following on a Seahawks' victory: a bushel of apples, Ivar's clam chowder, and Applets and Cotlets.Rendell's bet: -A box of…

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Felony DUI...

After years of trying, lawmakers may actually pass a law that makes chronic drunk driving a prison offense.Always, the rub has been: But what would it cost? Incarcerating a person costs more than $25,000 a year, and lawmakers feared a flood of drunk- and drugged…

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 25, 2006


State sues spyware company...

Washington state on Tuesday filed suit in U.S. district court in Seattle, accusing White Plains, New-York-based Secure Computer and associates in the United States and India of marketing software that renders computers more susceptible to spyware attacks.State Attorney General Rob McKenna said the software falsely…

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House considers price-gouging legislation...

Nineteen lawmakers have proposed a bill to make illegal "excessive and unjustified increases in retail prices" during disasters like the Gulf Coast faced last year with Hurricane Katrina. More than a dozens states have similar laws."We want to put a tool in the tool chest…

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TUESDAY, JAN. 24, 2006

MONDAY, JAN. 23, 2006

Mandatory green energy...

On Wednesday, environmental and labor groups, farmers and alternative-energy companies plan to file an initiative requiring large utility companies to buy more energy from renewable sources like solar power or wind farms.The as-yet-unnumbered "Energy Security Initiative" would require large energy companies to gradually increase their…

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FRIDAY, JAN. 20, 2006


Short takes and breaking news from the Washington Legislature and the state capital.



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