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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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Senate: Make petitions public

Voter petitions should be public records, the Senate voted tonight, stepping into an area being considered by the U.S. Supreme Court.

The names and addresses of people who sign to get initiatives and referenda on the ballot would be publicly available under the bill, which passed the Senate 28-20.

“They have been made public repeatedly in our state’s past. They are public record. This bill underscores that,”  said Sen. Joe McDermott, D-Seattle.

The Supreme Court is due to consider the dispute over whether signatures of Referendum 71, the challenge to the “everything but marriage” law,  should be public.

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