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Morning update: Day 44

Post by Jordan Schrader / The News Tribune on Feb. 22, 2011 at 8:25 am with No Comments »
February 22, 2011 8:25 am

Lawmakers are showing some restraint by introducing fewer bills this year, and many of those they did introduce are now consigned to the trash.

With policy committees done reviewing bills for now, many bills won’t move forward this session. Senate Democrats’ staff drew up a list of examples, including bills to eliminate the death penalty, end collective bargaining for employees, and keep welfare recipients from withdrawing their benefits as cash. 

Few bills can ever truly be considered dead. They can reappear as a proviso in the budget or an amendment to another bill, for example.

Today, there is floor action scheduled in the Senate and House. Elsewhere:

  • The Children’s Alliance is holding a lobby day at the Legislative Building starting at 9 a.m. The United Food and Commercial Workers union is also having a lobby day on the Capitol campus.
  • Senate Ways and Means will hold a hearing on a constitutional amendment proposed by State Treasurer Jim McIntire that would mandate minimum annual state contributions to the pension funds for state employees.
  • Senate Ways and Means also hears SB 5021, to add new campaign finance disclosure requirements, and SB 5297, which would raise the filing fee for initiatives and referenda.
  • House Ways and Means hears HB 1936, which would change the requirements under which a non-resident can get a Washington sales tax exemption.
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