Majority Senate Democrats put out a list of bills that technically died on Ash Wednesday because they were not approved by the committee to which there were assigned.
But if they were among your favorites, don’t go into mourning just yet.
Easter is April 12. And yes, some of these could rise from the dead by then or a couple weeks thereafter.
But just for the record, here are a few bills from the “Dead Bill List.”
Sen. Ed Murray‘s proposal to get rid of the death penalty in Washington did die. So is his proposal to allow same-sex marriages. So too did Sen. Ken Jacobsen‘s perennial proposal to let him bring his dog into a bar when he goes drinking. (Just for the record, I’ve never seen Jake with a drink OR a dog. But I live in Tacoma.)
And Jake’s bill to try to revive the Western Washington University football Vikings is dead, too.
Sen. Jim Honeyford‘s proposal for a 4-day school week is dead, but I think the House version is still alive.
SB 5444 and HB 1410 are dead, which should please the 82,000-strong Washington Education Association. Those are the bills that would implement some of the recommendation of the Basic Education Finance Task Force, like merit pay for teachers. (I guess their deaths clear the way for the WEA to become decidedly more active in the pursuit of a tax package for the ballot, or so I’m told. Then again, parts of these bills could come back three days after Good Friday.)
Also dead is Sen. Mike Carrell‘s proposal to make people prove they are U.S. citizens before they can register to vote. (I guess he figured he margin of victory over Debi Srail would have been greater is all of her supporters had to be legal immigrants.)
Here is the rest of the Senate list: