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April
30th

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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April
17th

In split vote, Senate sends a bill banning two toxic flame retardants to House for consideration

The state Senate voted to send a bill outlawing certain flame retardants back to

the House on Wednesday. House Bill 1294 was watered down from what the House originally approved on a partisan vote.

Democratic Sen. Sharon Nelson of Maury Island blasted the compromise, saying the “gutted version” that passed “removed much-needed protections for our babies, children and families from these harmful flame retardants that are known to cause cancer.” But Sen. Doug Ericksen, R-Ferndale, says the proposal is a compromise that preserves a process already in place for the Department of Ecology to review chemicals of concern.

Jonathan

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April
17th

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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April
6th

Key Democrats voted for Senate budget to avoid gridlock, set up House negotiation on revenue

In the end, 30 lawmakers in the divided Washington state Senate agreed on a budget Friday night that sent many messages and served one purpose above all others.

It got the Senate out of possible gridlock – even while some Republicans had qualms about the state’s growing reliance on federal health-care money to serve the poor and most Democrats voting in favor had criticisms about cutting aid to the poor, too.

“This is the new way of doing things,’’ Sen. Andy Hill, the Redmond Republican and leading budget author whose floor speech touched on the two-party effort to write the

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April
6th

Why liberal Democratic Sen. Karen Fraser voted for the GOP-led budget

The decision on whether to support a Senate Republican-crafted budget Friday night came down to a simple home-district principle for liberal Democratic Sen. Karen Fraser of Thurston County: collective bargaining.

The two-year budget plan that sailed off the Senate floor on a bipartisan vote of 30-18 had money in it to pay for all of the state’s more than two-dozen collective bargaining agreements – as well as a wage increase for low-paid home-care workers who work privately but are paid by tax dollars through Medicaid. At the same time, Fraser said it was a flawed budget

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April
3rd

UPDATE – Gov. Inslee takes a big swipe at the Senate Republicans’ budget that avoids closing tax breaks for schools

The Senate budget plan crafted by Republicans with help from minority Democrats has drawn a broadside from Gov. Jay Inslee for what he called “short term fixes and budget tricks.” The plan does not identify  new significant sources of revenue for public schools, which Inslee proposed last week in the form of extended taxes on beer and businesses and closure of tax breaks for select industries.

Republican Sen. Andy Hill, who was the principal architect of the $33.2 billion plan, touted it as strong on funding K-12 education, cutting tuition instead of increasing it at colleges, and avoiding new

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