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Voter pamphlet for primaries, handful of other elections bills are ready to move

Democratic Rep. Sam Hunt says he is prepared to hold votes on a handful of elections bills in his Government Operations and Elections Committee starting next week. Among them is a Republican-sponsored bill from Rep. Gary Alexander <a href=”” target=”_blank”><b> to pay for a state voter pamphlet for primary elections </b></a> in even-numbered years.

The lack of a printed state voter pamphlet in primaries was an issue in last year’s race for secretary of state, and both Republican victor Kim Wyman and her challenger Kathleen Drew came out in favor of the guide. The elections agency already produces an online pamphlet and

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UPDATE – A little floor tiff is brewing Friday over House rules

House Republican Leader Richard DeBolt said this week that his minority caucus wants to change session rules to make it harder to raise taxes.  His worry is that the state Supreme Court might toss out Tim Eyman’s two-thirds vote requirement for tax increases. The GOP apparently wants the rules to require a two-thirds vote before a tax bill can move to final reading – in effect giving the minority veto power over tax bills.

Except for possible technical changes, the Democratic majority wants to keep rules pretty much intact from past sessions. So the Eyman amendment, if you will, isn’t

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