Under the Dome: Legislative highlights for March 2

THE OLYMPIANMarch 2, 2012 

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Today is Friday, March 2, the 54th day of the 60-day session.

QUOTED

“What’s the alternative that’s better? … It’s a $30 billion plus two-year budget, so in the end, $330 million is about 1 percent. I think you’ve got to keep these things in perspective.”

-Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown, D-Spokane, speaking to reporters about the $330 million delayed payments to public schools in the Senate Democrats’ budget proposal.

TODAY

 • It’s the last day for the houses to consider bills from the opposite side. Except for matters related to the budget, proposals need to be passed by 5 p.m.

 • Creating a pilot project for school districts and colleges of education to develop and initiate instruction models at low performing elementary schools is scheduled for a vote. House Bill 2799 will be discussed in an executive session in the House Education committee at 9 a.m., in Hearing Room A of the O’Brien Building.

 • The committee will also have a work session on financial education.

FLOOR ACTION

 • Allowing firefighters, troopers and military members to carry spring blade knives passed the Senate 47-2. House Bill 2347 extends an exemption to the prohibition on the weapons, which already applies to law enforcement officers.

 • Allowing restorative justice programs to satisfy juvenile diversion agreements passed the Senate 48-0 as House Bill 1775.

 • Nonprofits that provide emergency shelter and transitional housing to children would be able to access conviction records of residents through the State Patrol, under Senate Bill 6167, which passed the House 96-0.

 • The Joint Center for Aerospace Technology Innovation would be created under Senate Bill 5982, which passed the House 95-1. The center would be used for joint industry and university research.

Compiled by staff writer Alexis Krell.

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