At the late-night press conference after the gavel fell on the Washington Legislature’s 2022 session around midnight on Thursday, our sisters and brothers in news¹ had several questions about the unexpected death of House Bill 1099, an important but deeply wonky proposal to revise the Growth Management Act to address climate change. After a somewhat tortured path, a negotiated compromise version of the bill had passed the Senate, only to die in the House without a final vote.
House Speaker Laurie Jinkins was quick to blame minority Republicans, who were signaling they were up for more of the clock management tactics we wrote about a few weeks back. In reality, this was a failure of Democrats’ own making. We’ll get back to that in a bit. First, the backstory:
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