What happened today, had it been successful, is one reason one can never pronounce a bill dead. Many of them have a tendency toward resurrection.
Such was almost the case for a bill sponsored by Sen. Ken Jacobsen, D-Seattle, chairman of the Senate Natural Resources, Large Bodies of Water and Having Fun in the Great Outdoors Committee. Jake’s original bill to gut the state Fish and Wildlife Commission passed the Senate but “died” over in a House committee.
But today, Sen. Jacobsen tried to amend another Fish and Wildlife bill, House Bill 1778, to include his proposal to reuced the size of the commission from 9 members to 5 members and let the governor appoint the director and deputy director. (This is controversial stuff among hunters and fishers.)
Alas, Sen. Joe Zarelli, R-Ridgefield, who has a few hunters and fishers in his legislative district, challenged what Jake was trying to do, and Senate President Brad Owen agreed with Zarelli.
Owen, who’s also lieutenant governor, ruled that Jake’s reorg was “beyond the scope and object” of HB 1778. (It didn’t fit.)
So now, Jake’s bill really is dead. (Did I just say ‘never say never?’)
It’s dead, unless, of course, he can get some language into the state budget, or some other trick.