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April 3, 2013 at 11:58 AM
The Associated Press
OLYMPIA — A bipartisan group of state senators released a transportation budget proposal Wednesday that both sides call “bare bones.”
The $8.7 billion proposal, released Wednesday, puts $4.1 billion into maintaining and improving roads, banks $200 million in projected toll revenue toward the Alaskan Way Viaduct project and puts $1.2 billion toward servicing bonding debt.
The plan doesn’t include funding for the Columbia River Crossing necessary to trigger federal matching funds and doesn’t pay for linking state Route 167 and state Route 509 to Interstate 5.
Sen. Tracey Eide, D-Federal Way, and Sen. Curtis King, R- of Yakima are the co-chairs of the Senate Transportation Committee. King and Eide agreed that more money could be put into transportation this year, though King said any new taxes should have the support of voters.
January 31, 2013 at 7:24 PM
A number of bills before the state Senate could relax regulations on Washington motorcycle riders, allowing them to ride without helmets and sometimes drive through red lights.
Senate Bill 5141 would allow motorcyclists to proceed through red lights, in certain instances. Sen. Curtis King, R-Yakima, said he filed the bill because many motorcycles aren’t heavy enough to prompt weight-triggered traffic signals. Riders would be able to proceed through red lights if they wait a full signal cycle and the light doesn’t turn green.
Capt. Rob Huss, a spokesman for Washington State Patrol, said his agency opposes the bill because it could cause unnecessary accidents. More than 30 motorcycle advocates attended the hearing to support the bill, including Larry Walker of the Washington Road Riders Association.
“We end up sitting in a traffic signal with absolutely no way to get out of it,” Walker said.
Sen. Don Benton, R-Vancouver, filed House Bill 5143 allowing motorcyclists 18 and over to ride without helmets. Several motorcyclists spoke in favor of the bill, including Confederation of Clubs of Washington spokesman David Devereaux, who said the current law mandating helmets was a “violation of privacy.”
Health-care and traffic-safety advocates also testified, but in opposition to the bill. Dan Overstreet of AAA Washington said passing the bill would be irresponsible, as motorcycles account for 3 percent of vehicles in the state, but 14 percent of accidents.
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