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Friday, February 15, 2008

Oly Action

posted by on February 15 at 9:57 AM

In the race to pass bills out of one chamber into the other—the deadline is next Tuesday—the parade of floor votes continue.

Two votes we might see in the House today: expanding the rights (and responsibilities) of domestic partners and making executive boards of public agencies tape their closed door sessions so the public can demand to listen to them.

Here are two earlier Slogposts … detailing the new rights the domestic partner bill will give gay and lesbian and hetero elder couples.

Oh, and one of the responsibilities? It concerns lawmakers themselves. Currently, on their financial disclosure forms they don’t have to list the income and assets of their partners. Now they will.

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Thanks for the Olympia coverage, Josh. It's helpful.

Posted by Katelyn | February 15, 2008 10:30 AM

That's ridiculous, Josh! The whole point of a closed session should be that it's closed. Wouldn't it be much better if we made sure closed sessions only happen for the appropriate reasons -- like discussing personnel issues or litigation -- and that no decisions are made during closed sessions?

Posted by Mickymse | February 15, 2008 11:55 AM


Given that there were reports about the Port violating what was kosher at a closed session, the only way to tell that they follow the rules is to tape them.

Meanwhile, if someone does a disclosure request for the tape, it's a judge that listens and determines if rules were violated.

Posted by Josh Feit | February 15, 2008 12:26 PM

What does it mean for a floor amendment to be "scoped"?

Posted by Chris | February 15, 2008 2:31 PM

@4, "Scoped" refers to exploring whether an amendment fits within the scope and object of the bill. The House has strict rules about whether amendments fit within the confines of the subject of the bill.

Does that make sense>

Posted by ahava | February 15, 2008 3:01 PM

That's about what I thought. Thanks!

Posted by Chris | February 15, 2008 3:47 PM

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