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Eye On Olympia archive for Jan. 1, 2008

TUESDAY, MARCH 4, 2008

GOP road plan DOA...

In a proposal that House Transportation Committee chairwoman Judy Clibborn said was "dead on arrival," House Republicans today rolled out a proposal that they said would free up $6 billion over the coming decade.If they were in charge, GOP lawmakers said, they would then steer…

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Domestic partnerships bill headed to governor's desk...

A year after launching domestic partnerships for same-sex couples (and senior citizen heterosexual couples), the state Senate this afternoon voted 29-20 to broaden the rights and responsibilities for such couples. Sen. Ed Murray, D-Seattle, called House Bill 3104 "an important step in giving financial equality…

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MONDAY, MARCH 3, 2008

Brown on her lawsuit...

Senate Majority Lisa Brown this afternoon weighed in on her Supreme Court case challenging I-601's and I-960's requirement for a two-thirds supermajority to pass a tax increase. Some notes from that:Brown said she and many other lawmakers have long felt that the two-thirds rule was…

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THURSDAY, FEB. 28, 2008

And more rumor control...

As Sen. Brian Weinstein stuggles to get his home buyer's bill of rights through the House of Representatives, Seattle blogger David Goldstein recently floated an interesting theory about what might be going on behind the scenes.After an interpersonal meltdown last year over homeowners legislation, Weinstein's…

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TUESDAY, FEB. 26, 2008

MONDAY, FEB. 25, 2008

FRIDAY, FEB. 22, 2008

"And there it was."

One of the coups that House budget writers pulled off this week was plugging an extra $50 million into housing assistance, including help for November's flood victims in southwest Washington, money for a special quick-response fund so affordable-housing builders can buy property quickly and a…

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THURSDAY, FEB. 21, 2008

Meating the challenge of global warming...

As lawmakers ponder ways to curtail Washington's greenhouse-gas emissions (land-use planning, cleaner cars, etc.), the animal-rights group PETA is offering up what it says is a better way: Stop eating meat.This morning, the group sent a letter to Gov. Chris Gregoire claiming that meat consumption…

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 20, 2008


And more from this morning's paper...

Trying to set up what the Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown termed an economic "one-two punch" to help families, lawmakers yesterday voted to launch a program that would send tens of millions of dollars in checks to some Washington families.Because of the state's slim budget…

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TUESDAY, FEB. 19, 2008

MONDAY, FEB. 18, 2008

One Two Washingtons...

For a dead bill, Sen. Eric Oemig's SB 6291 apparently touched a nerve.The bill, a tongue-in-cheek poke at conservative rhetoric, would have withheld state utility project money from rural communities unless local voters acknowledge that the money is "government welfare."The Kirkland Democrat said he wanted…

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FRIDAY, FEB. 15, 2008

THURSDAY, FEB. 14, 2008

The Honorable State Master Robert Hill...

has been turning up at legislative hearings lately, and it's always interesting.Hill is apparently a colorful fixture at Tacoma-area government meetings and a legislative candidate. As a candidate, Robert "The Traveller" Hill (his chosen monicker and spelling)has proferred a diverse agenda of policy ideas, including…

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 13, 2008

Dead, dead, dead...

The first bill cutoff fell on Friday, another yesterday, and the next one early next week. Here, courtesy some unfortunate at the Senate Democratic caucus who traditionally has to compile a list each year, are some of the casualties so far:SB 6228: Reducing phosphorus in…

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MONDAY, FEB. 11, 2008




FRIDAY, FEB. 8, 2008

House GOP to lose another...

After a decade in Olympia, state Rep. Lynn Schindler, R-Otis Orchards, says she's decided not to run for re-election this fall."Ten years is a long time," said Schindler, 63. She and her husband are building a new home in Liberty Lake, she said, and would…

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