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Eye On Olympia

Simple majority victory announcement imminent…

In Seattle in about an hour and a half, People for Our Public Schools will make "an announcement" that will presumably be a declaration of victory in the tight race to make it easier for school districts to pass property tax levies.

Early reaction from lawmakers:

“The number one priority of people in Washington state is educating our kids, and that’s shown with the apparent passage of the simple majority for local’s obviously a close vote, but I’m happy the voters have spoken.”

-Sen. Rosemary McAuliffe, D-Bothell, who chairs the Senate education committee

"...I’m thrilled that voters have spoken and our schools will now be on equal election footing as fire districts, sports arenas and jails.”

-Sen Tracey Eide, D-Federal Way, who sponsored the bill in Olympia -- as she has since 1993.

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