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Inslee signs tech-spending bill that is stripped of contracting out language

Gov. Jay Inslee signed a bill into law Wednesday that aims to bring more security and results from the state’s estimated $1 billion a year outlay for information technology and services.

I’ve written a print story about Senate Bill 5891 for print editions of The Olympian and News Tribune. One high profile element of the bill requires state agencies and universities to have IT security plans and gives the state’s relatively new chief information officer, Michael Cockrill, a leading role in setting standards for that security.

The legislation also creates a purchasing pool for technology projects, lets smaller pilot projects bypass

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House revises Sen. Carrell’s ethics bill, then sends it back to Senate on a 96-1 vote

Ailing Sen. Mike Carrell’s bill to give whistle blowers more protections passed in the state House on a resounding 96-1 vote Monday evening. The measure, Engrossed Substitute Senate Bill 5577, was amended so it must go back to the Senate for concurrence.

The original bill had passed unanimously in the Senate in early March. It let whistle blowers provide information to state ethics investigators without fear of being identified publicly. It also had provisions to punish any supervisor who retaliates with at least a reprimand and potentially a 30-day suspension and civil fines

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UPDATE – Senate approves contracting-out bill for tech services in Enterprise Services agency; chilly reception ahead in House

A bill that would exempt some Department of Enterprise Services employees from competitive contracting passed the Senate on a partisan vote of 25 to 23 on Friday evening. That means they could not offer competing bids if the work they do is farmed out to the private sector.

Senate Bill 5891 was a less far-reaching measure than a contracting out measure sponsored by Republican Sen. Michael Baumgartner of Spokane, but it targets technology services, as Baumgartner’s had. “This assumes $15 million in savings, which I believe is conservative,” Baumgartner said Friday.

The lone Democrat voting

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Questions raised about lawmakers doing ‘Columbo’-style detective work on ethics allegations

Peter Falk, aka “Columbo”

Washington’s insufficient protections for ethics whistle blowers create a “chilling effect” on state employees, Executive Ethics Board director Melanie DeLeon told lawmakers today.

“If you want to file a complaint against your supervisor, you feel like you’re going to be retaliated against,” she said after talking to the House Government Operations and Elections Committee. “So they don’t. They don’t file it.”

But criticism emerged today of the fix suggested by Sen. Mike Carrell. His proposed overhaul of ethics laws passed the Senate 47-0 and escaped scrutiny from Gov. Jay Inslee’s budget office, which now says it has noticed some problems.

Among them is a provision letting elected officials keep files secret on their own personal investigations of wrongdoing. The agency said it would encourage separate investigations by politicians parallel to official probes.

A newspaper lobbyist agreed that’s not the role of elected officials. ”You’d be out there in a sort of ‘Columbo’-esque way trying to figure out what happened,” Rowland Thompson told lawmakers.

“I do have an old raincoat,” joked the committee chairman, Rep. Sam Hunt.

Carrell, a Republican senator from Lakewood, did his own sleuthing in a case that inspired the bill. Read more »


Gambling Commission director Day leaving for job in Massachusetts


The Washington State Gambling Commission announced today that director Rick Day is leaving his post after 11 1/2 years to take a job leading Massachusetts’ new gambling regulatory agency. Deputy director Dave Trujillo was appointed by the commission to take Day’s place on an interim basis.

The commission’s announcement, linked here, says in part:

Director Rick Day announced at the February meeting of the Washington State
Gambling Commission (WSGC) he is resigning effective March 15, 2013.

Rick was appointed Director of the WSGC in August 2001. Rick began his law
enforcement career

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