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Morning update: special session Day 8

Post by Jordan Schrader / The News Tribune on March 19, 2012 at 7:54 am with No Comments »
March 19, 2012 7:54 am

Already slow-moving budget negotiations were postponed Friday until at least today, as Senate Republican budget writer Joe Zarelli was ill. They could start up again today.

Elsewhere, the voter-approved liquor privatization initiative goes before a Cowlitz County judge again.

Today’s arguments in front of Judge Stephen Warning follow up on his ruling that Initiative 1183 wrongly included an unrelated subject by providing an extra $10 million to local governments for public safety programs. Lawyers will argue whether that part can be removed without bringing down the whole law.

Here’s a rundown on that case and a separate King County case, prepared by the Liquor Control Board (via the Association of Washington Cities website).

From the weekend papers: Brad’s story looked at a pension proposal that is a sticking point in negotiations. I wrote about the Legislature’s plans to put a pause on colleges’ authority for differential tuition prices.  I also have an update on last year’s law allowing more outsourcing of state printing and other services to the private sector.

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