The Reproductive Parity Act is dead, thanks to the self-aggrandizing coup that made Rodney Tom Senate "Majority" Leader while handing Republicans control of the Health Care Committee. But as Anna explained earlier today, it's not really dead. Even once tomorrow's cutoff passes, the bill can still be pulled to the floor via a "ninth order" maneuver. That is, as long as Tom and the other 24 senators who've claimed support for the bill, truly support it.

The same holds true for the Washington State Dream Act. The bill passed the House on a bipartisan 77-20 vote, and has more than enough votes to pass the Senate. But Higher Education chair Barbara Bailey (R-Oak Harbor) refuses to move it out of committee.

Senator Bailey went further, canceling today's final committee hearing after learning that OneAmerica was bringing in students from around the state to show their support, including over a hundred bused in from Yakima. "The students were down here hoping they'd have the opportunity to talk her," OneAmerica's Toby Guevin told me. "They weren't given that opportunity today." In more ways than one.

But again, Tom and other Republicans are on the record supporting the Dream Act—which would make resident undocumented children eligible for college financial aid, just like they're already eligible for in-state tuition. So if Tom et al really support the bill, they could just sidestep Bailey by voting with Democrats to move to the ninth order. You know, exactly the same way Republicans moved to the ninth order last session in order to seize control and attempt to impose an austerity budget.

These bills are really only dead if Tom allows them to stay dead. Both the votes and the precedent are there to push these bills to a floor vote.

Tom allegedly leads the Senate. The fate of these bills are in his hands.