State Relations

November 14, 2007

Olympia News and Notes

  • Late Friday afternoon and in response to the Supreme Court decision which declared Initiative 747 unconstitutional, Governor Gregoire announced that she would seek to reimpose the 1% property tax limitation during the upcoming 2008 legislative session.  Here’s a link to a statement from her office announcing the decision.
  • Representative Jon Lovick (D-Mill Creek) who serves as Speaker Pro Tempore is the new Snohomish County Sheriff.  According to this morning’s Everett Herald, Lovick plans to announce his resignation from the House tomorrow in a letter to the Governor.  The paper further identified three candidates for Lovick’s 44th district seat.  They are former Snohomish Mayor Liz Loomis, 2006 state Senate candidate Lillian Kaufer and county Democratic party chairman Mark Hintz.
  • Representative Brian Sullivan (D-Mukilteo) won a seat on the Snohomish County Council will announce his resignation from his 21st district seat this Friday.  The three individuals vying for his position include Snohomish County Labor President Darrell Chapman, Mulkiteo City Councilman Marko Liias, and Lynnwood City Councilman Mark Smith.  Sullivan served as chair of the House Agriculture and Natural Resources committee.