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Kirby goes home sick; he’d feel better if Speaker kills a bill

Post by News Tribune Staff on April 23, 2009 at 2:49 pm with No Comments »
April 23, 2009 2:49 pm

That headline actually is true. I tracked down state Rep. Steve Kirby, D-Tacoma, after Associated Press reporter Curt Woodward told me this morning he saw Kirby in the wings of the House last night having a very long and seemingly pleasant conversation with Gov. Chris Gregoire.

Kirby confirmed the governor was very cordial, even though Kirby and other members of the Tacoma delegation and some Vancouver legislators are the fly in Gregoire’s ointment when it comes to a renewable energy bill. They want some changes made that will make life better for Tacoma Power and Clark County PUD.

Kirby said he started feeling poorly after listening to Rep. John McCoy and realized that McCoy, the enviros, the Senate and the governor’s office weren’t going to budge.

So he just went home. Got their just in time to talk to the Tacoma police officer who was taking a burglary report from Kirby’s wife, Beckie Summers. Burglary happened over night, he said.

Kirby said he truly was feeling poorly today, but he added, “I know I’d feel quite a bit better if McCoy would make some fixes to the bill (SB 5840) for Tacoma Power and Clark County, or if I heard from the Speaker that the bill is not going to come up for a vote.”

Rep. Jeannie Darneille, D-Tacoma, said the House is in the midst of a meltdown over the bill, so who knows what will happen next.

Here’s an earlier post for some background. And just for the record, Bob Mack says he was not “summoned” by Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown.

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