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February 5, 2015 at 9:00 PM

Vaccines, voter initiatives, energy: what Democrats said Thursday

For your pleasure, a trio of highlights that came out of Thursday’s state House and Senate Democratic media availability:

1. House Majority Leader Pat Sullivan, D-Covington, says he anticipates support for a bill dropped Wednesday that would limit reasons for exempting children from vaccines. “When we look at exemption rates in [school districts] across the state, I think we’re all surprised at how high those numbers were,” said Sullivan.

2. Senate Democratic Leader Sen. Sharon Nelson of Maury Island described herself as pleased at the Majority Coalition Caucus’s proposed energy plan. “I am pleased that as far as climate change, we are actually hearing from Senate Republicans that there may be human impacts that are affecting climate change,” said Nelson. “That’s a major step forward.”

3. On a series of bills that would change the ballot-initiative process, Nelson said she is optimistic that the conversation will be fruitful. “There’s a good chance something will pass,” she said.

 

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