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Toxics bill dies at session’s end; advocates on both sides want to revive it in special session but disagree on how

A bill that would outlaw two Tris chemicals used as flame retardants in consumer products died when the Washington Legislature’s regular session ended Sunday. But Democratic Sen. Sharon Nelson of Maury Island said she is working to revive a stronger measure than business groups and the chemical industry wanted.

A special session of the Legislature starts May 13 to complete a two-year budget and Nelson said Tuesday: “I’m going to be pushing it.”

Her Republican counterpart, Sen. Doug Ericksen of Ferndale, said he also wants to pass a flame-retardants bill that is less sweeping while waiting to see what emerges

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Bill to ban toxic flame-retardants going down to wire; Senate Democrats seek to revive House version

A bill that tightens up a loophole in the state’s ban on toxic flame retardants is on life support in the state Senate ahead of this afternoon’s 5 o’clock bill deadline. A watered-down version of House Bill 1294 moved out of Senate Rules on Tuesday and had been blocked by the Republican-dominated Majority Coalition Caucus.

HB 1294 is a top 2013 priority for the Environmental Priorities Coalition, and it passed out of the House on a near party-line vote of 53-to-44. But the Senate majority amended the bill in committee to remove key elements backed by

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Senate committee hears three proposals to lock the two-thirds tax vote law into the Washington Constitution

A series of proposals to lock Washington’s two-thirds tax-vote law into the state Constitution got a hearing in a Senate committee this morning. Advocates for better funding of public schools, universities and health programs were squared off against business groups and anti-tax advocates.

You can watch TVW’s full coverage of the hearing herestarting at about the 1:07:40 mark.

None of the proposals is expected to pass the Legislature this year. Rep. Larry Springer, D-Kirkland, told the Association of Washington Business on Wednesday there is not enough

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