Good morning on Day 38 of the 60-day legislative session. Coming up today:
- The House will convene to pick up the debate on Initiative 960 that Republicans pushed long into last night in an unsuccessful attempt to postpone the initiative’s suspension. House members are likely to vote today, one of the last steps needed before Democrats can take up ideas for tax increases. Gov. Chris Gregoire may propose a tax package soon.
- For more on the bills that died or stayed alive by Tuesday’s deadline, check out our roundup. Go here for the TNT version or here for a version that includes some bills of interest to Olympia residents. Among the bills that passed before the deadline, one would provide a grace period to pay Tacoma Narrows Bridge tolls before being fined.
- Lots of hearings today, both on bills that successfully crossed over and those that deal with ideas to solve the budget crisis. Several bills coming out of the Lakewood police shootings are being considered in two House committees. Raising pollution taxes could get a vote from another panel. And yet another one will look at moving toward privatizing state liquor stores.