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Posts published in “Day: May 4, 2015”

In the Briefings

Senator Mike Padden said he went into the 2015 regular session with a goal of increasing the opportunities for public participation in the legislative process. An analysis of the Senate’s remote testimony pilot program shows that Padden and his colleagues in the Senate took significant steps toward achieving that goal in that chamber, and now he plans to push just as hard to encourage the House of Representatives to follow the Senate’s lead. Remote testimony was offered 53 times during the regular-session pilot project – 31 times by invited participants and 22 times on an unsolicited basis from members of the public. (photo/Washington Senate)

Early indications: The Washington legislature will be using up most of the days available to it in special session. Maybe all of them.

The big legislative and budget news in Oregon this week was made not at the Statehouse but nearby – at the Oregon Supreme Court, which rejected (as violating contract terms) most of a grand compromise agreed to in 2013 by Democrats and Republicans. The PERS battle may begin again.

The suspense finally broke, at least on one level, last week: Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter said that he would call the legislature back into session this month. Whether it will do what he is asking it to do – pass a child support interstate agreement it rejected during the regular session – remained a little less clear.

On the front pages

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Here’s what public affairs news made the front page of newspapers in the Northwest today, excluding local crime, features and sports stories. (Newspaper names contracted with location)

Building growing in Twin Falls (TF Times News)
TF council to consider new road plans (TF Times News)
Idaho Power proposes Caldwell Simplot deal (Nampa Press Tribune)

Lane Co resident proposes Lane Co currency (Eugene Register Guard)
Medford may order tear-down of blighted buildings (Medford Tribune)
Watching closely for an off-shore eruption (Portland Oregonian)
Battle between weed sprayers and residents (Portland Oregonian)
Ballots arriving in mailboxes (Salem Statesman Journal)

Expectations rise for heavy wildfires this year (Everett Herald)
New math, English exams arrive this term (Everett Herald)
Microsoft more cooperative with other players (Seattle Times)
State drops permits for pesticides at oyster beds (Seattle Times, Tacoma News Tribune, Vancouver Columbian)