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Monday, January 21, 2008

Today in Olympia

posted by on January 21 at 9:08 AM

Sen. Karen Keiser’s (D-33, Kent) bill to create a healthcare plan that will cover all state residents by 2012 “through the private health care sector” is getting a hearing today at 1:30. (Along with her Plan B bill, this is one of Sen. Keiser’s bills that I hyped in a column this week laying out some high expectations for the Democrats this session.)

Keisers’s co-sponsor on the health care bill is Seattle-area Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles (D-36, Ballard).

With about 600,000 uninsured adults in Washington, it’s not encouraging that the bill doesn’t identify a funding source.

Another bill in play todayóno number yet, so I can’t link itódeals with WASL. The K-12 Education Committee is hearing a bill that looks at “using multiple measures to meet high school requirements.”

I talked to several offices at the beginning of the session last week because I’d heard chatter that there was bi-partisan support to snuff WASL. Everybody was vague about it, though. We’ll see if this bill-without-a-number offers some clarity.

Meanwhile, both the Senate and Transportation committees are meeting this afternoon. These are committees to keep your eyes on.

Last week, I slogged that Senate Transportation Chair, Sen. Mary Margaret Haugen (D-10, Camino Island), was circulating a draft bill that would dissolve Sound Transit.

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Is anybody from the Sierra Club hanging around Olympia?

Posted by Greg | January 21, 2008 9:50 AM

Those health bills are lame. But they let the legislators tell everyone they stood up for health care. Very lame.
Why don't they propose a bill that says every citizen has the right to sign up for the same healthplan that the legislators enjoy and has the obligation to pay the same average premium that the legislators pay, with the financial deficit coming out of the general fund?

And if the plan isn't financially solvent after 1 year, then the whole plan will be abolished and the legislators will lose their health benefits.

Posted by unPC | January 21, 2008 12:00 PM

WASL Bill? It's SB 6540

Booo for a bill that says its okay that kids can't read.

Posted by Maureen | January 21, 2008 3:50 PM

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