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Morning update: Day 53

Post by Jordan Schrader / The News Tribune on March 4, 2010 at 9:28 am |
March 4, 2010 9:34 am

Good morning. With eight days to go in the session and legislators still trying to agree on spending and taxes, some non-budget matters are starting to wind down:

  • Legislators with bills stuck in the opposite chambers’ Rules Committee are learning whether they will get to the floor. For example, Sen. Derek Kilmer was working last night to pull his bill to the floor letting educators share sick leave with their colleagues in other school districts. He seems to have succeeded. Not so successful: a bill languishing in House Rules that would restrict computer use by the sexual predators detained on McNeil Island. Sen. Mike Carrell, who wants to keep child pornography out of the facility, hasn’t had any luck getting the measure to the floor.
  • A compromise could allow a tougher ban on texting and a total ban on cell phone use by young drivers to get out of the Legislature. Adult drivers who make calls wouldn’t face tougher restrictions. Sen. Tracey Eide told me before the vote she would accept a partial victory and try to push her cause against next year. But the Seattle Times’ Lillian Tucker reports Eide was less sure by that same evening about accepting the House compromise, so we’ll see if she decides to fight it.
  • No predictions, but legislators in the ongoing feud over just how to limit the right to bail were optimistic Wednesday night. A new draft proposal that the governor helped broker might be the one that finally wins agreement.
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