With the resignation of 7th Dist. State Sen. Brian Dansel to take a job in the Trump Administration, the state Senate is effectively tied at 24-24, with Democratic Lt. Gov. Cyrus Habib’s power to cast tie-breaking votes a key focus. Complicating this is the at-least temporary absences of another Republican senator, 42nd Dist. Sen. Doug Ericksen, who also has at least a temporary job in Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency. The Tacoma News Tribune explains it all: http://www.thenewstribune.com/news/politics-government/article128525814.html
One concerning workers’ compensation proposal came before the Senate Commerce, Labor and Sports Committee Jan. 23. Dealing with structured settlements and other issues, one of our coalition partners said it “weakens the workers’ compensation promise of sure and certain relief” for injured workers.
Coming up later this week: funding for toxic cleanups and other parts of the Model Toxics Control Act (MTCA) comes before the Senate Ways and Means Committee Thursday (Jan. 26); and the House State Government Committee on Friday (Jan. 27) holds a work session on measuring government performance – of interest to Federation members because of our leading role on taxpayer protection legislation.
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