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Lawmakers Regala, Darneille, Jinkins host town hall in Tacoma

State lawmakers from the 27th Legislative District will talk to constituents Saturday.

Rep. Jeannie Darneille, Rep. Laurie Jinkins and Sen. Debbie Regala will host a town hall from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday at The Evergreen State College Tacoma’s Lyceum Hall, 1210 Sixth Ave.

The district represented by the three Democrats stretches from Ruston to Fife through most of north, central and downtown Tacoma.

Here’s how they describe the discussion:

Residents are encouraged to attend and participate in discussion revolving around:

  • How do we build on our strong foundation of educated, hard-working people and assure opportunity for small businesses,

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Senate votes to end poll voting

A vote this evening in the state Legislature is likely to be a death warrant for Pierce County’s remaining polling places.

A mandate for the state to vote entirely by mail eked 26-to-23 through the Senate, where similar proposals have foundered in the past. Republican opponents called it an attack on Pierce County, the state’s last holdout with polling places.

Though it’s supported by GOP Secretary of State Sam Reed, the vote broke largely along the same partisan lines that divide the Pierce County council and county executive on the issue of poll voting, with most Democrats agreeing the state

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Bill by Rep. Jeff Morris would repeal traffic cameras

There are all kinds of proposals in the Legislature for cracking down on cities’ use of automated traffic cameras, and a bill filed today offers the most sweeping solution yet.

Sponsored by Rep. Jeff Morris, D-Anacortes, HB 1823 would completely repeal the authority for cities and counties to have the cameras.

That’s what’s demanded by activists like the ones who helped pack a committee hearing Tuesday on bills related to the cameras. A Puyallup couple, Nick and Tiffany Sherwood, founded BanCams.com.

Other proposals out there:

  • Rep. Jim McCune, R-Graham, would require cities to get approval

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Lack of signatures kills foreclosure bill

Sometimes the ayes don’t have it.

As the Senate Ways and Means Committee rushed to beat a deadline earlier this week for bills to advance,  it quickly approved Senate Bill 6648, aimed at reducing foreclosures by requiring large banks to enter mediation with homeowners before foreclosing. At least that’s what it sounded like the committee did.

There were a few “ayes” and at least one “no,” and Chairwoman Margarita Prentice declared the bill passed, moving it on to the Rules Committee.

But it was the end of the line for the bill.

Just four senators signed the majority report, not enough to give it a majority of the committee’s support.

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