Everything you need to know about what made Monday’s cutoff deadline and what died:
- The Legislature punted on hot topics like abortion, illegal immigration, traffic cameras and payday lending. But there were some surprise last-minute victories, including for opponents of broad eminent domain laws and for supporters of a new transit tax for King County.
- AP’s Molly Rosbach rounds up the bills that DID pass. The House wants to get tough on first-time drunken driving offenders, while giving underage drinkers a pass from prosecution if they call 911 to report an alcohol poisoning. The Senate voted to all but end the “retire-rehire” program. The House voted to make jail mug shots available to the public. And in perhaps the most contentious bill of the day, the House agreed to add new collective bargaining rights for Department of Corrections employees.
- Environmentalists are happy after some early-session successes.
- Publicola writes about the drama that didn’t quite happen, as Senate Democrats stuck together Monday.
- The Senate yukked it up about gophers, sharks and cougars, as the Spokesman-Review’s Jim Camden reports.
- House Democrats focused on budget issues in their summary of what has passed so far.
- House Republicans are keeping a running list of bills that died or moved out of committee, which hasn’t yet been updated with Monday’s action.
Now that most bills to change state policies have either moved ahead or been shelved for the year, attention turns to the budget.
No spending plan will emerge from the House or Senate until after the March 17 revenue forecast shows how much money the state has to spend.