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“Human soul” debate temporarily derails House floor session Wednesday night

A proposal to let local governments sell surplus property at a discount for affordable housing projects turned into an emotional debate about humanity and the human soul on the floor of the state House Wednesday night.

Rep. Hans Dunshee, D-Snohomish, caused outrage among Republicans when he said that lawmakers should vote for the proposal if they had any humanity in their soul.

He later apologized, but not before bringing Rep. Linda Kochmar, R-Federal Way, to tears and prompting a sardonic response from House Minority Leader Richard DeBolt about needlessly extending a floor debate that had already continued past 9:30 p.m.

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UPDATE: Moeller’s bill merging the Executive Ethics Board into the Public Disclosure Commission awaits House vote

NOTE: This post has been updated

A bill that transfers the Executive Ethics Board into the state’s campaign-finance regulatory agency and also charges lobbyists a registration fee survived last week’s committee deadlines. House Bill 1005 passed out of two committees on near-party-line votes and its ultimate fate is still in doubt. The measure remains in Rules Committee, the last step before getting a vote on the House floor.

Republicans largely ganged up against HB 1005 in committees, while Democrats were in favor. UPDATE: The committee vote record posted online shows two exceptions – Democratic Rep. Kathy

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