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Tag: Morning update

March
16th

Morning update: Day 5

Gov. Chris Gregoire will sign a few bills into law today — allowing the Lottery to sell raffle tickets in a shorter period of time, for example  – but most of the bills on her desk remain hostages.

She is refusing to sign them until lawmakers reach a budget deal, and if negotiations drag on past the 20-day window for a decision and she has to veto the bills — well, too bad, she says.

She has more than two weeks before that happens, but suggested she might “start trickling out vetoes” to really get lawmakers’ attention.

The Legislature’s

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March
14th

Morning update Day 3: Initiative power sought for cameras

A state lawmaker wants to give voters the right to pass local initiatives banning traffic cameras.

The state Supreme Court ruled last week local initiative power doesn’t extend to the speed and red-light cameras, which the Legislature permitted and left up to city councils to regulate. The decision was a loss for Tim Eyman, who has waged successful campaigns against cameras in cities including Mukilteo, Longview, Bellingham and Monroe.

Rep. Chris Hurst, an Enumclaw Democrat, said he would introduce a bill today that allows camera initiatives and referenda. Hurst said:

It did not look to me like the court

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March
13th

Morning update: special session Day 2

While the special session is officially underway, few lawmakers are in Olympia except budget negotiators and South Sound legislators who live within a short drive.

The session is “pro forma” at least through Wednesday and possibly all week. In other words, the House and Senate fulfill their legal requirements to bang the gavel every morning, but don’t conduct any more business in public.

As the AP’s Rachel La Corte reported, Gov. Chris Gregoire met Monday and plans to meet again today with House Speaker Frank Chopp, Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown, and minority leaders Mike Hewitt and Richard DeBolt.

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March
12th

Morning update: Special session day 1

The gavel comes down at noon on the opening day of special session at the Legislature, but there won’t be much to report.

Lawmakers are mostly staying away today and Tuesday.

The main significance of today’s formal start to session is the end of a three-day window between regular and special sessions allowing lawmakers and elected state officials to raise money for their campaigns. In the governor’s race, Attorney General Rob McKenna took advantage and now says he raised more than $250,000 on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Republican McKenna had reported $3.73 million in contributions to the Public Disclosure

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March
8th

Morning update Day 60: Sine die

The regular session ends today, but for the third time in a row, lawmakers will likely fail to meet their deadline to write a budget.

That would send them into their fifth special session in a span of two years, at a typical cost of more than $10,000 a day.

But we don’t know exactly when they will be back or for how long. Here’s Brad’s story explaining what’s happening as the clock ticks down.

It’s likely that even if a deal is no closer, lawmakers will be here until their deadline of midnight today. Gov. Chris Gregoire wants them

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March
7th

Morning update: Day 59

The standoff over the budget continues, but Gov. Chris Gregoire‘s office says negotiations are happening and Gregoire spent hours Tuesday in several meetings trying to narrow differences between Republicans and Democrats in the Legislature.

Today we continue to wait. In the meantime, Gregoire will sign some bills, notably an expansion of what is considered green power sources to include more kinds of waste from pulp mills. The designation is important because it allows mills to get money from utilities that need to meet their renewable-energy standards.

The House budget committee is holding public hearings today on a

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March
6th

Morning update Day 58: Girding for special session

With three days left before time runs out on state lawmakers, a special session may be inevitable.

The Everett Herald’s Jerry Cornfield has the details on House Democrats stonewalling Senate Republicans’ attempts at negotiation as the clock winds down One long-shot idea, he writes, is to go home and leave a deficit that Gov. Chris Gregoire would have to fix.

But there was a bit of a thaw in the air Monday afternoon as Gregoire put in a call to Republicans and Sen. Ed Murray tried to put together a budget compromise that could sway Republicans or at least

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March
2nd

Morning update: Day 54

Lawmakers worked a long day on the floor Thursday and approved bills from the big — creating standards for operation of a health insurance exchange as mandated by the federal health law — to the small: allowing firefighters and members of the military to carry spring blade knives. That bill is meant to help knife  manufacturers in Puyallup and elsewhere.

Today is the the last day for non-budget House bills to receive a Senate vote and vice-versa. The deadline is 5 p.m. for those measures, such as the bill requiring insurers to cover abortion or another bill

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