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Eye On Olympia

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 lawn fertilizers.
SB 6568: Forming a task force to study whether Washington's ripe for more nuclear power.
SB 6881: Reducing noise from off-road vehicles.
SB 6893: Requiring colleges to promote "intellectual diversity" on campus (How? The bill would force colleges to balance out the ideological stances of speakers, ensure that hecklers don't stop people from speaking on campus, and allow students to object to assignments that violate their conscience.)
SB 6841: Banning guns on college campuses where high schoolers might be present.
SB 6860: Banning such gun bans.
SB 6394: Providing free tuition to Washington college freshmen and sophomores.
SB 6133: Freezing a student's tuition at whatever it is the day he or she enrolls.
SB 6197: Allowing parents to employ their children, of any age and in any type of work, as long as they are supervising.
SB 6577: Banning a band from using an original act's name unless the band includes at least one original member or is a tribute band.
SB 6507: Allowing lobbyists to give $20 gifts to city officials.
SB 6537: Adding a 1 percent tax on professional shows and sporting events, with the money going for extra curricular school activities.

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