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Friday, January 11, 2008

Regarding the Upcoming Session in Olympia

posted by on January 11 at 13:05 PM

I got my carpool mate—an unnamed lobbyist—and so, I’ll be heading down to Olympia this Monday for Day 1 (and regularly throughout the two-month session) to keep you up-to-date on the People’s Business.

I kicked off my coverage with this column a few week’s ago in the print edition, and I’ve got a follow-up in this week’s paper.

As we head into the session, here’s the list of pre-filed bills.

One thing that jumps out right away is this: Rep. Maralyn Chase (D-32, Shoreline) is back. Rep. Chase, widely-considered to be an uninfluential lefty outlier in the Democratic caucus, pushed for a cap & trade bill last session that went nowhere.

This year she’s ahead of the curve again (or actually, in sync with the coming apocalypse). Among a barrage of environmental bills on her docket, Chase is floating legislation to: establish a carbon tax, prohibit plastic water bottles, outlaw non-recyclable plastic bags at grocery stores, and outlawing small-scaled powered equipment (like death-to-the-environment leaf blowers and small lawn mowers.)

I count zero co-sponsors so far, but her cap and trade bill has some traction this year.

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Getting rid of the state's ban on municipalities providing public financing for elections, which Chase also supports, also deserves public support and media attention.

Posted by Trevor | January 11, 2008 1:40 PM

Those who consort with lobbyists must be shunned by the progressive community.

You'll never work in John Edwards' White House again!

Posted by RonK, Seattle | January 11, 2008 2:44 PM

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