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Seattle still hopes Legislature will ride to its NBA rescue

Post by News Tribune Staff on March 3, 2009 at 12:26 pm with No Comments »
March 3, 2009 12:26 pm

House Bill 2281: Relating to the visitor destination campus act of 2009.

That’s what they call a “title-only bill.” Please read it. It says almost nothing. It’s what lawmakers do when they can’t reach agreement about what to do about something, but they know they just might reach agreement later on. And just in case they do reach agreement, they pass a bill that has only a title to meet some self-imposed deadline for taking acting. It makes things easier down the line. (They basically write the rest of the bill (under the title) later on.)

Anyway, that “visitor destination campus” is code for “Seattle Center and Key Arena.”

Seattle wants the state to let the city have some of the hotel-motel tax that now goes to the state Trade and Convention Center, and legislators so far want Seattle to use it’s own darn money to do whatever the city has to do to get another $30 million out of Clay Bennett and Co.

It’s an impasse right now. But hope springs eternal.

State Rep. Eric Pettigrew, D-Seattle, is sorta the go-between for the two parties that still have not yet reached agreement. I suppose this bill also might be the vehicle for doing something to attract a replacement team here for the long-gone Seattle Sonics, now the Oklahoma Thunder.

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