State Senate moves session’s first bills, delays floor fight on workers-comp changes at least until Friday
A widely expected fight over changes to Washington state’s worker compensation did not materialize on the state Senate floor this morning. Republican Leader Mark Schoesler of Ritzville said the Majority Coalition Caucus wanted to give minority Democrats more time after the Democrats objected to the fast pace the bills were moving. The package of bills opposed by organized labor could go to a vote as soon as Friday after moving out of the Senate Commerce & Labor Committee on Monday.
Jonathan Kaminsky of The Associated Press has a story about the turn-around and the minor bills the Senate did pass today: