OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - With the passage of a key deadline for non-budgetary bills in the Washington state Legislature, some high-profile measures, including one to assess A-F grades for schools, have stalled. Others, like the creation of a firearm offender registry, remain on track.
Many of the noteworthy bills to have hit roadblocks passed the House but didn't advance from Senate committees. Among them are a first-in-the-nation abortion insurance mandate and the so-called Dream Act.
Citing a common refrain, Senate Majority Leader Rodney Tom, a Medina Democrat, said none of those bills are dead until the session is gaveled to a close.
But Tom said that a high-stakes procedural move known as "the ninth order of business," where bills that stalled in committee can be revived on the Senate floor, will not be used.
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