Under the Dome: Legislative highlights for March 9

THE OLYMPIANMarch 9, 2012 

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Today is Friday, March 9. The regular season ended Thursday.

QUOTED

 • “Our K-12 system gets the same amount of money per school year that they got last year.”

– Rep. Ross Hunter, D-Medina, speaking to the floor regarding a budget proposal to delay payments to public schools.

 • “It is a cut, because it’s not being done in this biennium. … I don’t know how it could be anything but that.”

– Rep. Ed Orcutt, R-Kalama, speaking to the floor regarding a budget proposal to delay payments to public schools.

FLOOR ACTION

 • Creating a pilot program for colleges of education to collaborate with school districts to develop strategies for low-performing schools passed the Senate 43-6 as House Bill 2799.

 • Forming a Student Achievement Council to make recommendations about the state’s higher-education system passed the Senate unanimously as House Bill 2483.

 • Licenses would only be suspended for moving violations when a defendant fails to appear in court for a traffic citation under a measure that passed the House 56-42. The Department of Licensing suspends licenses when it’s notified that a driver missed court, but Senate Bill 6284 would not require courts to send such notices for nonmoving violations. This is expected to reduce costs for the state. The department would need to adopt definitions of moving and nonmoving violations under the measure.

 • A measure to limit health care costs of incarcerated offenders, including by raising the co-pay from $3 to $4, passed the Senate 46-1, as House Bill 2803.

Compiled by staff writer Alexis Krell.

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