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Medical marijuana: Rolling out another one

OLYMPIA -- With prosects for medical marijuana legislation dead in the Legislature, a group unhappy with what's left of the cannabis law post-veto will try to get it on the November ballot so voters can dump it. Steve Sarich of CannaCare filed Referendum 73 with…

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Rep. Matt Shea, R-Spokane Valley, argues for a vote against the Capital Budget bond bill which contains $1.1 billion in projects around the state. (Jim Camden/The Spokesman-Review)

Spec Sess Day 30: House passes Capital Budget

Rep. Matt Shea, R-Spokane Valley, argues against the Capital Budget supported by some $1.1 billion in bond sales. OLYMPIA -- The House of Representatives gave overwhelming support this morning to some $2.8 billion in public works projects -- from new facilities for universities to sewers…

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TUESDAY, MAY 24, 2011

Legislative leaders discuss deal on the 2011-13 operating budget on May 24, 2011. From left, Sen. Mike Hewitt, Sen. Lisa Brown, Sen. Joe Zarelli, Sen. Ed Murray, Rep. Ross Hunter, Rep. Pat Sullivan. (Jim Camden/The Spokesman-Review)

Spec Sess Day 29: One budget out, another on the way 

Legislative leaders announce proposed 2011-13 general operating budget Tuesday. OLYMPIA -- Legislative leaders unveiled their latest -- and possibly final -- version of the 2011-13 operating budget they described as painful but sustainable. A deal on the capital budget and changes to the state's debt…

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MONDAY, MAY 23, 2011

Workers comp passes Senate

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…

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Shea idea key to workers comp deal

OLYMPIA -- A key piece to the puzzle of making changes to the state's workers compensation system came from Rep. Matt Shea, who suggested negotiators drop the idea of "lump sum" payments in favor of structured settlements. Shea, R-Spokane Valley, suggested a system that is…

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Workers comp bill passes House 69-26

OLYMPIA -- Major changes to the state's workers compensation system passed the House Monday on a 69-26 vote. Most proposed amendments were ruled out of order by Speaker Frank Chopp, and debate centered around whether injured workers would be helped or hurt by a change…

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Murray: 'No surprises' in budget

OLYMPIA -- Budget negotiators continue to hold tight on the details of the general operating budget while insisting there is no problem with the agreement. It's at the printer, will be distributed Tuesday to members at 9 a.m. and to the news media at 10…

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Rep. Ross Hunter, D-Medina, the House Ways and Means Committee chairman, says Monday a budget deal has been struck, but details won't be available until Tuesday. (Jim Camden/The Spokesman-Review)

Spec Sess Day 28: Budget deal done

Rep. Ross Hunter tells reporters Monday there's a deal on the operating budget, but it won't be released until Tuesday. OLYMPIA -- Budget negotiators have reached deal on the 2011-13 operating budget, Sen. Ed Murray, D-Seattle confirmed late this morning. "The good news is we…

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SUNDAY, MAY 22, 2011

OLYMPIA -- Gov. Chris Gregoire announces details of a proposed agreement on workers compensation system changes at a press conference with Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown and Senate Minority Leader Mike Hewitt. (Jim Camden/The Spokesman-Review)

Spec Sess Day 27: A deal on workers comp

Gov. Chris Gregoire announces proposed changes to the Workers Compensation system as Sens. Lisa Brown and Mike Hewitt look on. OLYMPIA – An agreement on offering settlements to injured workers could remove one of the main obstacles to the Legislature passing a budget for the…

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SATURDAY, MAY 21, 2011

Day 26: Workers comp deal 'very close'

OLYMPIA – Legislators may reach a deal sometime today on one of the key stumbling blocks to passing a budget and adjourning, a spokesman for Gov. Chris Gregoire said Saturday evening. They still disagree on major changes proposed for the state’s workers compensation system but…

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Liquor initiative: Costco orders another round

OLYMPIA -- As expected, a new proposal to privatize the liquor system in Washington was filed late Friday. Supporters include Costco, Northwest Grocery Association and the Washington Restaurant Association for a proposal that would let retailers with at least 10,000 square feet obtain liquor licenses…

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FRIDAY, MAY 20, 2011

Return to sender. Address unknown

Initiative-meister and red-light camera-hater Tim Eyman is urging adherents to send e-mails to city leaders around the state decrying the tactics of a leading camera purveyor. The Spokane mayor and city councilmember were included in his missive this week to supporters, asking them to urge…

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THURSDAY, MAY 19, 2011

Jim Camden
Jim Camden joined The Spokesman-Review in 1981 and retired in 2021. He is currently the political and state government correspondent covering Washington state.

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