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Chief Justice Madsen: ‘Justice blind but we don’t usually turn off lights’

Asking the Supreme Court to shed light on matters was given new layers of meaning Tuesday. An electrical problem in the Temple of Justice was causing a shorting-out of lights in the high court’s chambers, and the on-off aspect was a bit odd – even causing two justices to mention it, once during arguments.

“I want to apologize for the darkness earlier. Justice is blind but we usually don’t turn off the lights,” Chief Justice Barbara Madsen said after litigants concluded their arguments concluded Tuesday morning in an appeal of a $95 million judgment against the state in a

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Agency director Joyce Turner tells Enterprise Service workers she’s leaving

Joyce Turner, the first and only director of the state’s Department of Enterprise Services, is headed out the door. Turner told agency workers in an email message on Wednesday she has submitted a resignation letter to Gov. Jay Inslee, whose spokeswoman said Turner was had been under consideration to stay on.

The agency is Washington’s newest, formed in fall 2011 in a merger of five state agencies into three, and Turner reported last December the merger was saving the state money. DES has about 870 full-time equivalent employees, according to the state’s budget web site,

DES provides

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Contracting out measure for Enterprise Services draws some critics in Senate hearing

The Senate Ways and Means Committee gave a hearing Tuesday to a bill that would give the state Department of Enterprise Services more leeway in contracting out for software services. Senate Bill 5717 is sponsored by Sen. Michael Baumgartner, who sponsored the agency-consolidation bill in 2011 that created DES through a merger of five agencies into three.

The testimony was mixed – with major state landlords and state employees questioning the need for the measure. TVW carried the hearing here (testimony starts about 2:15 hours in).

But Baumgartner, a Spokane Republican, said

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UPDATE: Sen. Baumgartner’s sequel on contracting out targets state Motor Pool, custodians, real-estate brokering

It was only a matter of time until Republican state Sen. Michael Baumgartner followed up on his 2011 reform bill that consolidated parts of five state agencies and created the Department of Enterprise Services. His sequel removes limits on contracting out for DES and targets the state Motor Pool, custodial services, and real-estate brokering for possible privatizing.

Senate Bill 5717 doesn’t actually require the contracting out of those three services. But it does build on the earlier legislation in specifying that those three activities must be evaluated for potential savings when the Office of Financial Management

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