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Pierce County Council task force closes meeting with sheriff on budget, overtime

The timing was coincidental, having a special work group of the Pierce County Council meet with county Sheriff Paul Pastor one day after The News Tribune article on skyrocketing overtime in the jail.

That was the topic of the meeting in council chamber Monday. But it had been scheduled well ahead of the latest reports on overtime costs.

Still, the Sunday article brought attention to the issues involved – more mentally ill inmates at the jail requiring increased supervision that is covered through growing overtime hours. There also is concern that money set aside to hire more street

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South Prairie mayor in running for open House seat

The mayor of South Prairie has filed paperwork to become a candidate for the open 31st District House seat.

Republican Rep. Dan Roach is leaving the seat to run for Pierce County Council. At least two Republicans are seeking to replace him, County Councilman Shawn Bunney – who would switch jobs with Roach if both win – and Cathy Dahlquist, an Enumclaw School Board member.

A Democrat has finally joined the field, according to state Public Disclosure Commission filings. South Prairie Mayor Peggy Levesque has led the town, one of Pierce County’s smallest, since 2006.

Before becoming mayor, Levesque was

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Senate GOP scatters for special session

Several lawmakers are missing the special session.

OK, they may not be “missing” it. But they’re not here, for various family- and business-related reasons.

A third of Senate Republicans were gone Tuesday, some potentially for the whole session. Of course, given that Democrats have a 31-18 edge anyway, and have overturned requirements for a supermajority to pass taxes, their absences may not be worrisome for the minority party.

A couple of the most vocal members, Sens. Pam Roach and Don Benton, are away, but GOP Caucus Chairwoman Linda Evans Parlette told me the caucus will still get

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Dan Roach to run for Pierce County Council

State Rep. Dan Roach has made it official: he’s running for Pierce County Council.

Roach, a Bonney Lake Republican, filed his candidate paperwork with the state Public Disclosure Commission last week. He’ll run to represent council District 1, which covers much of East Pierce County and stretches from Milton to Mount Rainier.

Roach has represented the 31st Legislative District since 2001. So far he has one opponent for the County Council seat: Longtime Tacoma firefighter and union leader Pat McElligott also filed to run last month.

The candidates will vie to replace Councilman Shawn Bunney, R-Lake Tapps, who

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Driver phone ban scaled back

Drivers won’t be pulled over for making calls any time soon, judging from a vote in the state House this evening.

The House scaled back a bill to remove the part of the measure that would have made talking on a handheld phone while driving a primary offense. It would remain a a secondary offense, meaning police can’t ticket drivers for it unless they have been pulled over for another infraction, like speeding.

The House did agree to make text-messaging while driving a primary offense.

Rep. Dan Roach proposed the amendment on the House floor after

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Cell phone ban remains whole

The proposed cell phone ban for drivers weaved around an attempt to dilute it today in the House Transportation Committee.

Rep. Dan Roach proposed eliminating the part of the bill that allows police to pull people over for talking on a handheld phone while driving. Drivers now can’t be ticketed for phone use unless they have been pulled over for another violation, like speeding.

Roach said a cell phone conversation is no different from talking to a passenger, eating or putting on lipstick, all of which are legal.

The committee rejected the amendment on a voice vote, then

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