A couple weeks ago we reported on some prominent bills in the state legislature that made it out of committee. Yesterday was the last day that non-financial bills could be passed out of their house of origin. Thus, any of those bills that didn't pass out of the state house or senate are now officially dead.
Among the measures that have left the world of the living:
• The house bill that would recognize same-sex marriages from other jurisdictions as equivalent to domestic partnerships in Washington. It died due to a lack of support from the senate, according to legislative staffers in the house. This contradicts what the bill's sponsor, Jamie Pedersen (D-43), predicted earlier.
• The senate bill that would ban anyone under the age of 18 from patronizing a tanning facility.
• A bill in the house that would prohibit state elected officials from making public service announcements during re-election campaigns.
• The measure bill that would authorize the use of toll lanes on the stretch of "I-405 between the junction of I-5 on the north end and NE 6th Street in Bellevue on the south end." It also would have "required the state tolling authority and the Washington State Transportation Committee to set toll rates for vehicles with less than three passengers."
• The bill to require petition signature gatherers to "sign the statutorily required declaration on each petition sheet for a referendum or initiative ... and prohibit any submissions that do not have said signature." The bill sought to curb fraud by those who are paid to collect such signatures; it would have held them legally liable for any such fraud.
Bills that still have a chance at passing this session are after the jump.
Still alive in the senate:
• A bill that would require law enforcement officers to be honest and truthful. (Thought this was already a given. Guess I was wrong.)
• A bill that stipulates how the generated revenue from SR 520 tolling can be used.
• A bill that establishes contribution limits for city council campaigns.
Still alive in the house:
• A bill that, once all stadium-related debts are paid, would allow that revenue to be used for arts and heritage programs, affordable housing, public health, and human services.
• A bill that would allow cities to impose, with voter approval, the public safety sales and use tax rate not to exceed 0.1 percent. A county public safety sales and use tax was authorized in 2003, which allows counties, pending voter approval, to impose a tax up to 0.3 percent. Eli talked the other day about the Seattle Times' rant regarding King County's wanting to impose such a tax.