Category: Legislature

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Dog Days In Salem

vickie walker introduced legislation to allow dogs in the state capital (as if there aren’t enough already) and, surprisingly, not everyone agrees with her: One lawmaker who told her he wouldn’t support it was Rep. Wayne Krieger, R-Gold Beach. “I have three dogs and I love them, but I don’t want dogs under my seat, peeing on the wall or leaving mangy hair everywhere,” he said. “This is the Capitol. It’s not a doghouse.” Ya know, if this is krieger’s understanding of dogs I certainly feel sorry for the three he owns. Perhaps he needs a visit from pet protective...

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Washington’s New Cell Phone Law

Washington’s new cell phone law makes it illegal to use a hand-held phone. Right-Mind says: Yesterday, #1 son was hit on his bicycle in Moscow by a driver who was talking on his cell phone (#1 son is fine; but the bike needed to go into the shop). Personally, I think this is great news. I cannot tell you how many times I’ve had a near-accident because of people talking-and-driving. Unfortunately, the new law does nothing to stop people from talking-and-driving. It will, though, make it harder for you to determine whether someone’s poor driving is due to talking on...

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Shutter the Legislative Doors

From Eye On Boise: If legislators need a reason to start wrapping up their session, now that it’s moved into its 64th day, here’s one: Today is the opening of the filing period for the May primary election, and every seat in the Legislature is up for a vote. Here is a better one: If they end the session there will be no more misguided legislation passed. With respect to the May primary election: apply term limits. Send all the incumbents home.

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Not Good News for the People of Oregon

The Oregon legislature is going to have an off year special session. No good can come of this unless they do the unexpected and ban such sessions or spend significant time revoking previously passed legislation. Legislatures tend to spend their time passing legislation, you know, they think they know best how the rest of us should live our lives and spend our money. Unfortunately, most of this legislation consists of patchwork fixes to previously passed legislation. One thing we know is that they will not be doing is the people’s business. The people do their own business, voluntarily, with each...

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gregoire Implies She Has No Responsibility

A so-called rainy day fund might be a good idea. However, governor gregoire should not be pretending that she does not have a role in overspending: “We’re got to have a savings account,” shielded from easy spending by lawmakers or vulnerable to the initiative process, the governor said at a news conference last week. The democratic team of gregoire and legislature seemed perfectly comfortable dramatically raising state spending levels during the last legislative session. If she were serious about “enforcing discipline” and smoothing out peaks and valleys she would have worked with the legislature to minimize increases in spending, if...

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NASCAR is Gone!

Here is the good news: A Florida-based racetrack developer has abandoned plans for a $368 million NASCAR speedway near Bremerton, where local opposition to the project was fierce. Unfortunately there is some bad news as well. First, the governor and the legislature did not immediately say no to this project. Second, the developer may be back looking for another handout: But the company said it will look for other track sites in the state and might come back to the Legislature with another proposal in the future. “We think the Northwest is still a great opportunity for the company,” said...