Gov. Chris Gregoire is expected to sign all of the remaining bills on her desk today — though she said Thursday she could still pull back if negotiators didn’t make enough progress on the budget by today.
The bills to be signed into law include a set of changes that parks officials hope will encourage more people to buy the parking pass for state lands. The centerpiece of the Discover Pass overhaul is a new ability to use the $30-a-year pass in two cars, not just one. State agencies would also get access to the money from tickets for people who don’t use the pass, which right now go to the courts.
Other bills would:
- Save money by shifting the responsibility for legal defense of sex predators at the Special Commitment Center to a state agency, the Office of Public Defense.
- Crack down on fraud in public assistance, mainly in the form of day-care subsidies for the working poor.
- Tighten rules for wood stoves and fireplaces in Pierce County, where they are a major cause of air pollution.
- Overhaul how the state contracts for and buys goods and services.