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Could this be the day Senate Democrats’ take their stab at a procedural coup?

Senate Democratic Leader Ed Murray made clear Monday that his minority caucus is looking for a way to seize control of the Senate and force votes on a pair of controversial bills blocked by the Republican-dominated Majority Coalition Caucus. The move to go to the 9th Order of Business, which lets lawmakers bring bills directly to the floor from committee with a simple majority vote, could open a Pandora’s Box for the majority and would have to occur before Wednesday’s 5 p.m. cutoff.

At issue are an abortion-insurance bill, which has support from at least 25 Senate members, and a

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Senate approves harsher punishments for pimps who prostitute minors online

A proposal to more harshly punish pimps who advertise underage girls on the Internet cleared the state Senate Monday.

Senate Bill 5488 would impose a mandatory $5,000 fine on anyone convicted of commercial sexual abuse of a minor or promoting commercial sexual abuse of a minor. The fine would be in addition to prison time and other standard penalties already associated with those felonies.

“What we need to do, ladies and gentlemen, is to do everything possible to send a message to traffickers, to pimps, that our children are not for sale,” said Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles, D-Seattle, the bill’s prime

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Senate committee rejects two-thirds vote option for all bills but it does OK bill asking voters to put super-majority for taxes in Constitution

Just hours after the Washington state Supreme Court struck down an initiative requiring a two-thirds supermajority requirement for tax votes, Senate Republicans pushed through a bill in the Ways and Means Committee Thursday that would ask voters to write the rule into the state Constitution instead.

The nearly party-line vote was 13-to-10, with Democratic Sen. Rodney Tom voting with the rest of his Senate Majority Coalition Caucus members.

Members of both parties sounded a bit grumpy as they traded speeches on Senate Joint Resolution 8205. , which is sponsored by Republican Sen. Pam

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UPDATE – Bill guaranteeing abortion coverage in health insurance plans looks doomed in state Senate

One way or another, a bill requiring health insurance policies to include abortion coverage if they also cover maternity will get heard in the Senate Health Care Committee. It just won’t happen before next week’s Feb. 22 deadline for passing bills out of committee, Republican Sen. Randi Becker of Eatonville says.

Becker, who chairs the Senate committee, said she will hear the House version of the so-called Reproductive Parity Act once the House approves it in a floor vote and it is sent over to the Senate.

Becker said in an interview late Friday that she and Rep. Eileen Cody,

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