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Tuesday, February 12, 2008

It’s Cutoff Day

posted by on February 12 at 13:55 PM

Today’s the day in the state legislature that bills need to make it out of committee and into the important Rules Commitee or else they’re yenemsvelte.

Rep. Sharon Nelson (D-34, Vashon Island) had two bills aimed at halting Glacier Northwest’s strip mining on Maury Island. One bill that dealt generally with licenses and would have specifically called Glacier Northwest’s practices into question on the grounds that they were harming fish habitat—passed into the Rules Committe earlier this week. However, the Glacier Northwest language got stripped out of the bill.

Her second bill—which could have halted Glacier Northwest’s strip mining by reassessing whether the state actually owned the gravel on Maury Island—got killed in the House Appropriations Committee last night.

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I read the title and imagined everybody in the office wearing cutoffs.

My first thought was "its a weird time of year for cutoffs."

Posted by TheMisanthrope | February 12, 2008 2:11 PM

Well, we call it casual Tuesday.

Posted by Will in Seattle | February 12, 2008 2:13 PM

There are dozens of us!!!

Posted by tobias | February 12, 2008 2:32 PM

I've always been a nevernude.

Posted by bma | February 12, 2008 2:33 PM

@3 I didn't see you at the convention. Did you teleconference in?

Posted by exelizabeth | February 12, 2008 3:17 PM

Who wants a banger in the mouth?

Posted by Mr Fingerbottom | February 12, 2008 3:30 PM

That sucks.

Posted by Dave Coffman | February 12, 2008 5:04 PM

Actually, if I remember correctly, Rules can still revive whatever they want after today.

Posted by Notquite | February 12, 2008 10:52 PM

Thanks for taking the time to write about Sharon Nelson's work on this. This issue is extremely close to my heart. The fight against Glacier's attempts to revive this dilapidated old mine and dock is still going, though the opposition hasn't been able to have the desired results. What a damn shame! If you're interested, there was an editorial/guest columnist article in the Times yesterday by the Regional VP from Glacier (as least I think that's his title). It's pretty much entirely bullshit but still worth reading if you want to see what their side has to say. Basically, they're assholes and have no problem lying their heads off.

Posted by JBlue | February 13, 2008 8:31 AM

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