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Friday, February 17, 2012
EUTF, Mortgage Fraud, and Toll Roads -- House Republicans Speak Out
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Representative Ward address HB 1848 EUTF  

Representative Ward address HB 1848 EUTF Stand. Comm. Rep. No. 333-12 H.B. No. 1848, H.D. 1 RELATING TO COLLECTIVE BARGAINING.(Collective Bargaining; EUTF; Contributions and Dispute Resolutions) AS AMENDED, PASS SECOND READING, REFER TO FINANCE

Repeals the prohibition of using arbitration to resolve impasses or disputes relating to state and county EUTF contributions. Authorizes the arbitration panel to decide on EUTF contributions. Specifies EUTF and group life insurance contributions must be negotiated for active employees. Stipulates that if the Legislature fails to fund a negotiated or arbitrated costs items for EUTF and group life insurance contributions, negotiations on all negotiable items may be reopened. Dept. of the Attorney General stated that that "[g]iving the decision-making authority over amounts of contributions to an arbitration panel, thus removing legislative oversight and involvement, poses significant risks".


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Rep. Gil Riviere addresses H.B. No. 2375 - Mortgage Rescue Fraud 

Rep. Gil Riviere addresses Stand. Comm. Rep. No. 364-12 H.B. No. 2375 RELATING TO THE MORTGAGE RESCUE FRAUD PREVENTION ACT.

(Property Foreclosures, Liens, and Encumbrances; Mortgage Rescue Fraud; Distressed Property) PASS SECOND READING, REFER TO FINANCE

Establishes an emergency environmental workforce for short-term employment for individuals who are unemployed or underemployed due to the slow economic recovery. The workforce would perform environmental clean-up. Appropriates $2.25 million from the Land Use Conservation Fund in addition to monies from other special funds. (HB2250 HD1)


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Representatives Corinne Ching Addresses HB2153 Toll Roads  

Representatives Corinne Ching Addresses HB2153 Toll Roads H.B. No. 2153, H.D. 1 Stand. Comm. Rep. No. 326-12 RELATING TO TOLL ROADS.


Authorizes director of transportation to impose toll charges on existing highways or construct new toll roads. DOT may "lease" toll roads to private entities, who operate and maintain the toll roads. A "feasibility study" must be done before the DOT imposes a toll on an existing road or enters into an agreement with a private contractor to build a new toll road. Prohibits a toll road where there is no alternate, non-toll route available for drivers (Rep. Johanson's amendment).


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Rep. Thielen addresses H.B. No. 1683 - junior kindergarten  

Representative Cynthia Thielen addresses Stand. Comm. Rep. No. 303-12 H.B. No. 1683 RELATING TO JUNIOR KINDERGARTEN.(Junior Kindergarten) PASS SECOND READING, REFER TO FINANCE

Eliminate junior kindergarten beginning with the 2014-2015 school year. With the changes, children who are at least five on the first day of school may attend a public school kindergarten. This change intends to streamline early learning opportunities and clear the way for other bills relating to early learning opportunities and preschool.


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Representative Thielen rebuttal to H.B. No. 1683 - junior kindergarten  

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Representative Gene Ward addresses HB2567 - Marriage  

Representative Gene Ward addresses Stand. Comm. Rep. No. 350-12H.B. No. 2567, H.D. 1 RELATING TO MARRIAGE LICENSE FEES. (Marriage Licenses; Fees) AS AMENDED, PASS SECOND READING, REFER TO FINANCE

- Raises the marriage license fee from $60 to $100. Specifies that $40 for each marriage license shall be issued to the credit of the Vital Statistics Improvement Special Fund (which supports operations).


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