Under the Dome: Legislative highlights for March 3

THE OLYMPIANMarch 3, 2012 

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Today is March 3, the 55th day of the 60-day session.


“This is a breaking of faith and the bipartisan agreement we reached last year.”

– Sens. Ed Murray, D-Seattle, and Lisa Brown, D-Spokane, in a statement referring to a Republican attempt to pass a budget that had not been heard publicly in committee.


 • Trooper cadet testing will be held in the General Administration Building Auditorium at 8 a.m.

 • The Senate Ways and Means committee is scheduled to take executive action on Senate Bill 2127, supplemental appropriations for the 2011-13 biennium operating budget, at 1:30 p.m. in Hearing Room 4 of the Cherberg Building.


 • Creating a Blue alert system to find suspects in the death or serious injury of a law enforcement officer, similar to the AMBER alert system for missing children, passed the Senate 48-0 as House Bill 1820.

 • Requiring licensing for amateur mixed martial arts facilities and participants passed the Senate 44-5 as House Bill 2301.

 • Allowing a maximum length for single vehicles of 46, rather than 40 feet, passed the House 96-0 as Senate Bill 6138.


 • It would be illegal to intercept geolocation information under House Bill 2816.

 • Senate Bill 6629 would exempt child-care providers in business for at least five years from having to have a high school diploma.

Compiled by staff writer Alexis Krell.

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