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Gov. Inslee signs bill to limit where groups of released inmates can live using state money

Cities, towns and counties will soon have more input on where groups of released inmates can live when the state is paying their rent.

Gov.  Jay Inslee signed a measure into law Thursday that would prevent two or more ex-inmates who are using state-issued rental vouchers from sharing an apartment, unless they are renting housing that is on an approved list.

The state Department of Corrections (DOC) will be required to notify local jurisdictions when a property within their boundaries is added to the approved rental-voucher housing list, and allow local officials to submit a statement discussing whether the neighborhood

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Senate approves giving cities more say in housing for released inmates

The state Senate unanimously passed a bill Thursday that would give local governments more input on where the state Department of Corrections (DOC) chooses to house recently released inmates.

The proposal, introduced by Sen. Bruce Dammeier, R-Puyallup, would deal with ex-inmates who have their rent paid by the DOC’s rental voucher program. Offenders who are eligible for release can have their rent paid for by the DOC program for up to three months, which DOC officials say is cheaper than keeping them in prison past their earned release date. (Offenders have to secure stable housing as a condition of their

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WEA endorses lawmakers, GOP’s Kim Wyman

At the Washington Education Association’s weekend convention, Secretary of State candidate Kim Wyman became the first Republican statewide candidate to get the teacher’s union’s endorsement this year.

Though it’s among the biggest benefactors of Washington Democrats, the WEA has nonetheless endorsed Republicans, such as current Secretary of State Sam Reed. This year, by picking Thurston County auditor Wyman to be the state’s top elections officer, the union passed over Democratic candidates Kathleen Drew, Greg Nickels and, least surprisingly given his support this year for charter schools and school-employee benefits consolidation, Jim Kastama.

Two other Republicans likewise won the WEA’s backing, Rep. Bruce

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Negotiator: Deal reached on teacher evaluations

That’s according to one of the four lawmakers who have been negotiating with Gov. Chris Gregoire for about nine hours over five days.

“I was doubtful we could get there,” said Rep. Bruce Dammeier, R-Puyallup. “The governor did a very good job pushing everybody.”

He expects a Senate vote before Tuesday’s 5 p.m. deadline for bills to advance and then a House vote soon afterward.

Dammeier, Republican Sen. Steve Litzow and two Democrats, Rep. Kristine Lytton and Sen. Rosemary McAuliffe, have been meeting with Gregoire since Wednesday to resolve a debate that pits teachers unions against business groups — and

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Education-only budget sought

House Republicans are pushing for a change in how budgets are written, and have support from several Democrats in their call for writing a separate education budget.

As described in a bill sponsored by Rep. Bruce Dammeier, R-Puyallup:

… As of the effective date of this section, appropriations for the purposes of RCW 28A.150.380 and other K-12 education purposes must be enacted into law before it is in order for either house of the legislature to take executive action on omnibus operating or transportation appropriations legislation.

Lawmakers already write three budgets every year: an operating budget that contains education as

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Committee endorses aid for veterans, military spouses

A series of efforts aimed at helping veterans and military families won unanimous backing today from a task force of state lawmakers.

The ideas endorsed by the Joint Committee on Veterans’ and Military Affairs could be considered by the Legislature in the ongoing emergency budget session but are more likely to wait until January. They include:

  • An expedited process for professional licensing of military spouses. Sen. Derek Kilmer, D-Gig Harbor, said his proposal would apply to wives and husbands who are licensed in another state and are transferred to Washington. They would get a temporary license and a quicker

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Dammeier, Zeiger to hold town hall meeting

Two Republican state lawmakers from the 25th Legislative District, Reps. Bruce Dammeier and Hans Zeiger, will hear questions and comments from the public Saturday in Puyallup.

The town hall meeting is 10 a.m. to noon at the Puyallup Public Library.

The 25th District includes all or parts of Puyallup, Edgewood, Milton, Fife, Midland and Summit.

Dammeier will also hold telephone town hall meeting tonight


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Former NFL player Dane Looker runs for state House

First Secretary of State Sam Reed retired and state Sen. Jim Kastama announced a 2012 run for the job. Then state Rep. Bruce Dammeier announced he would run for Kastama’s Senate seat. Now Dammeier’s House seat is drawing attention.

Former University of Washington and professional football player Dane Looker says he will run for the House in 2012 as a Republican.

Looker, 35, volunteers as a football coach at Puyallup High School, where he played before a career in college and in eight NFL seasons, mainly with the St. Louis Rams.

Looker lives in the Summit-Waller community. He is scrapping a campaign for school board to run for the open seat in the 25th District, which includes Puyallup, Fife and Milton.

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