News Hey, Supermajority Democrats!
posted by April 13 at 16:25 PMon
The bill to protect Maury Island from strip mining— the bill that got stripped late last month thanks to some serious lobbying by mining company Glacier NW, needs to come up for one more vote today if it’s going to be amended back up to speed and/or at least pass the legislature in some form. (Today is the cut off for bills that passed one house earlier in the session to make it out of the other.)
It already passed the Senate back on March 6.
Activists who support the bill fear that the bill may just die in the House in the next hour.
Rep. Joe McDermott (D-34, West Seattle) has a series of amendments to strengthen the bill. I’ve got a call into McDermott to see where things are at as we tick toward 5 0’clock cut off.
Rep. Joe McDermott (D-34, West Seattle) just left a message on my voice mail (4:40pm) saying, “it’s a sad day for Puget Sound.” He says the Maury Island bill is dead.
The Republicans offered up 60 amendments “using the process to slow down the bill… to kill time” —and kill the bill.
McDermott explained that he and bill supporters Rep. Dave Upthegrove (D-33, Des Moines) and Rep. Eileen Cody (D-34, West Seattle) worked continually all week to get the bill to the floor, but “even if we stripped away some of the Republican amendments,” McDermott said, there still would have been enough—with amendment sponsors allowed three minutes each—to run interference.
“It’s extremely disappointing,” McDermott says.