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Worker’s comp continues as holdup; will there be deal?

Denizens of the Legislative Building are waiting to see whether a resolution will be reached on workers’ compensation in the next few days that would provide a way for lawmakers to finish their work and go home.

Whatever has happened so far this week in high-level meetings between legislative leaders and the governor on the topic, word hadn’t filtered down yet as of late Tuesday to lobbyists and rank-and-file legislators.

Union-friendly lawmakers had planned a press conference Tuesday morning, but legislative leaders asked them to call it off. There were rumors that a deal was imminent, but nothing materialized.

The two sides in the House remain divided on the Senate’s demand to allow injured workers to take a lump-sum payment to settle claims against their employers.

The settlements appear to have the votes to pass on the House floor. Rep. Chris Hurst, a conservative Enumclaw Democrat, says he thinks if House members were forced to vote, as many as 18 Democrats would join Republicans, easily passing the bill designed by business-friendly House Democrats. Even if his count is high, nine Democrats including Hurst have officially signed on in support of the bill, enough to squeak it through.

But as it turns out, the vote count inside House Democrats’ private caucus room is what counts. Rep. Tami Green, D-Lakewood, said a majority of House Democrats — 45 of the caucus’s 56 members — oppose the centrist Democrats’ bill. It won’t go to the floor with that kind of opposition, Green said: “It will blow up our caucus if that happens.” Read more »


Bill to cancel 2012 presidential primary moves on

The 2012 presidential primary could be canceled under a bill state representatives moved out of committee today.

House Bill 1324, which would keep Washington’s caucus but call off its presidential primary for a year to save about $10 million, made it out of the House State Government and Tribal Affairs Committee in a, bipartisan, 9-2 vote.

“I think that in this particular year, in this particular situation that we’re in that $10 million goes a long way toward education and healthcare, and that’s why the bill’s there,” said Rep. Sherry Appleton, a Poulsbo Democrat and the prime sponsor of the House proposal.

As it now stands, Washington has both a primary and a caucus in which voters can participate to choose presidential candidates. The state Legislature adopted a primary system on top of the caucuses in 1989 in response to a voter initiative that said primaries made it easier for older people and people with disabilities to participate in the selection process.

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Bill by Rep. Appleton would regulate campaign calls and push polls

A bill under consideration in the House State Government and Tribal Affairs Committee would set up disclosure requirements for election campaign phone calls, an area that state law does not strictly regulate.

House Bill 1038, sponsored by Rep. Sherry Appleton, would require that groups making 500 or more similar phone calls for a candidate or ballot measure and all groups conducting persuasive polls, or “push polls,” in an election include the sponsor’s name, city and state at the beginning of the call.

(Here’s our previous coverage of the effort.)

“It’s truth in advance and that’s what we’re all about,” said Appleton referring to campaign call requirements in a hearing on the bill Thursday morning. “We do it for consumer protection, we do it for banks, but we don’t do it here.”

The bill comes after record-breaking spending in the 2010 election, especially by groups trying to influence public opinion on ballot measures.

Representatives from Washington Public Campaigns, the Public Disclosure Commission and the League of Women Voters came to the hearing in support of the bill, but Rep. Sam Hunt, chairman of the State Government and Tribal Affairs Committee, said he was not happy with the bill in its present form.

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