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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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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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Lachney leaves state House race; Marilyn Rasmussen might enter

Updated 6/4: Marilyn Rasmussen says she made her decision today: She’ll run for state House.

Two years on the sidelines is enough for Rasmussen, 71. “I don’t enjoy sitting and watching people make decisions without some of the input and experience that I think I have,” she told me.

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One Democrat has dropped his challenge to state Rep. Jim McCune, and another might take his place.

Bruce Lachney announced today he would withdraw from the 2nd Legislative District race. The fact that there are no Democrats left challenging McCune, a Graham Republican, didn’t stop Lachney from practically endorsing one.

He said he would “encourage prior public servants, like Marilyn Rasmussen, to consider entering the race.”

I talked to Rasmussen, the former House and Senate member from Eatonville, and she said she indeed is considering trying to return to the House. She’s been thinking about it since Lachney called her Wednesday to suggest she run, she said.

After 22 years as a legislator, Rasmussen was unseated in 2008 by Randi Becker.

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Ethics board clears McCune

Even though it’s an election year, legislators are free to rile up their constituents at public expense without breaking the law.

That’s why the Legislative Ethics Board has cleared Rep. Jim McCune of an allegation that he misused public resources with his newsletter.

The e-mail the Graham Republican sent Feb. 13 sounds like a pretty typical Olympia call to action. Titled, “TAX INCREASE ALERT – Help Stop Senate Bill 6130,” it opposed the Democrats’ ultimately successful attempt to suspend voter-approved Initiative 960 that made it harder to raise taxes. It asked constituents to oppose the bill at

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