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Inbox: @GovInslee will not hold public bill signings for remaining bills from #waleg due to #coronavirus fears.
In message to lawmakers and legislative staff, Inslee's legislative director Drew Shirk wrote that it was "one extra precaution we’re taking to maintain public health standards and minimize COVID-19 exposure in large, social settings."
Media who RSVP may attend the signings, as can the primary sponsor of the bill and the primary sponsor of the companion bill. Legislative members who RSVP may also bring a guest, as long as they RSVP as well.
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Back in Olympia today for the House ITED Committee hearing on #SB6280, regulating law enforcement use of facial recognition. #waleg #FaceSurveillance
Here's my post on Friday's #SB6281 hearing. #waleg…
Veena Dubal makes a great point in "SF Was Right to Ban Facial Recognition":

"Even in an imaginary future where algorithmic discrimination does not exist, facial recognition software simply cannot de-bias the practice and impact of state surveillance."…
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Up early today to head down to Olympia for the hearing on #SB6281, the (very bad) Washington Privacy Act. Hopefully, I'll be live-tweeting on this thread.

Here's a chart from @ACLU_WA highlighting just some of the problems with SB6281.
@ACLU_WA And if you're in Washington State, please let ask your legislators to OPPOSE SB6281 in its current form.

@SEAindivisible has an action item up, with a ample script and instructions on how to contact your legislators, at…
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BREAKING: WA Rep. Matt Shea engaged in ‘domestic terrorism,’ helped plan Malheur standoff, investigation finds:… #waleg
This story includes a link to the full investigation into Matt Shea, which isn’t expected to be released by the House until tomorrow.… #waleg #malheur
UPDATED: House GOP leaders have kicked Matt Shea out of their caucus AND removed him as ranking member on the House Energy and Environment Committee.… #waleg
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Question to D6 candidates: do you support Seattle’s income tax (currently pending in court)? All candidates here say yes: Fathi, Hall, Lisbin, Wills, Strauss, Rice, Pottharst.
Follow up from @Summer_Stinson: what other progressive taxes do you support? Hall: estate taxes. Lisbin: flat city income tax plus lower sales tax. Wills: congestion pricing in a way that is equitable. Strauss: equity concerns about congestion pricing (shot at Wills).
Rice: tax on vacant rental units, tax on Lyft and Uber, city estate tax. Pottharst: impact fees on new development.
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At the @MASScoalition D2 Candidate Forum.

@thehoffather got here in a Dodge yada yada Hemi yada yada.
@TammyMoralesSEA drove a car, as did Phyllis Porter drove as did Mark Solomon (w his wife). Tahir Garrett took #transit.
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Should I live(ish) tweet this Avista IRP meeting? Sure.
Process has been delayed a bit because of something happening in the #waleg.
Participants in the room include @SierraClub @WAUTC IPUC @350Spokane, customers, and *lots* of Avista staff
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The @WAHouseDems have already refused to hear a bill banning weapons of mass murder, now leadership (Ed. Chair Santos and Speaker Chopp) are blocking the House from passing a comprehensive sex ed bill that has already passed the Senate. #waleg #waelex
And yet again the reasons we are being given (as with the lack of action on a bill to ban weapons of mass murder) are totally specious. I guess all that volunteering and doorbelling is really paying off. 🙄
I know, I know... they’re better than the @WaHouseGOP alternative. Well duh! But that doesn’t mean there aren’t better options for leading the @WAHouseDems caucus then the ones that currently exist. While Chopp is surrendering the speakership at the end of this session...
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I'm proud to serve on the @leagueofcities Housing Task Force along with leaders from cities across the U.S. working together to address how we can better respond to our shared challenges of housing availability, affordability, investment, and quality.
Together, we are working to create a set of local best practices for cities to address housing affordability, as well as policy recommendations to federal and state governments. Read more about the NLC Housing Task Force here:…
Hot off the presses: @leagueofcities' state-by-state analysis of local tools to address housing affordability, which includes some very compelling insights for cities in Washington. Read the report here:…
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Did everyone see the @SeaTimesOpinion piece on housing + state Legislature? Great. We have some thoughts we’d like to share.… #waleg
First off, @SeaTimesOpinion, it is absolutely an appropriate role for the Legislature to take action to address our critical housing shortage. We are in a housing crisis because the status quo isn’t working. Continuing down the same path is not the answer. #waleg
The WA State Legislature passes laws on criminal justice, education, transportation, labor, etc. that impact local government. Why not housing? 🤷‍♀️#waleg
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I am at the last meeting of the Legislature’s Public Records Task Force, which was formed after lawmakers rushed through a bill to exempt themselves from WA’s Public Records Act. #waleg #opengov
Here is some background from @OlympiaJoe on how unpopular lawmakers’ vote was to exempt themselves from the Public Records Act. So unpopular that legislators begged @GovInslee to veto the bill, which he did.… #waleg #opengov
Here are some of the draft recommendations being considered by the task force. Whatever is approved will be forwarded to the Legislature, which can decide what to do from there #waleg #opengov
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It’s official: Congrats to Sen. Andy Billig (D-Spokane), the new Senate Majority Leader in the Washington State Legislature! #waleg #PuttingPeopleFirst…
Billig takes over from Sen. Sharon Nelson (D-Maury Island), who has led Democrats in the state Senate since 2013. Thank you for your strong leadership, Sen. Nelson! #waleg
Billig is a leading voice on campaign finance reform. Earlier this year, he sponsored and passed the DISCLOSE Act, which exposes the source of hidden contributions in campaigns and closes campaign finance disclosure loopholes. #AccessToDemocracy…
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<THREAD> I'm now hearing this meme that says property taxes are increasing because home value are increasing.

Guys. It's time for some game theory.
Imagine, as economists are wont to do, a near-deserted island a la Robinson Crusoe.

Let's say three people live on the island: A, B, and C. A owns property worth $1000, B's property is worth $2000, and C's property is worth $3000.
And let's also say that in Year 1, the island's government can raise $50 in property levies.

Since the total assessed value (AV) on the island is $6000, and the island can collect $5, the levy rate will 0.00833 (which can be expressed as $8.33 per $1000 of AV)
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