2. Seattle City Council member Nick Licata is working on legislation that would give new enforcement authority to police who witness rowdy behavior outside nightclubs, Licata says. The still-nascent legislation would create a new civil infraction (basically, a low-level misdemeanor) for certain conduct outside clubs—a more nightlife-friendly version of the nightlife license proposed by former Mayor Greg Nickels, which was scuttled after protests by bar and nightclub owners.
3. After a KIRO-TV report showing that parking-law violators owe the city in excess of $52 million, Licata also says he's "looking into" what to do about parking scofflaws, some of whom have racked up more than $10,000 in unpaid tickets.
"I'm disturbed by the lax attitude some people have about paying these fines," Licata says. "I always pay my tickets."
4. As we noted in yesterday's report about the state House revenue proposal, to the chagrin of environmentalists, House Finance Committee Chair Rep. Ross Hunter (D-48) has proposed limiting the current sales tax exemption (worth $7.8 million in revenue) for renewable energy projects.
More bad news for greens: The environmental community's top legislative priority—raising the hazardous substance tax—was not mentioned in the House revenue proposal either.
But the House is sending mixed messages—what also happened yesterday was this: Rep. Timm Ormsby's (D-3) bill to raise the tax was queued up for a floor vote.
Ormsby's bill earmarks nearly 70 percent of the money—$225 million— to the general fund now, but dedicates the money to storm water clean up in 2015.