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PENNANT FEVER MAY NOT HAVE REACHED WA STATE SENATE
Published October 4, 1995
Supporters of state funding for a new stadium to keep the Mariners in Seattle received "a dose of reality" yesterday, as it appears that "finding the requisite 50 votes" in the WA House "appeared problematic," according to this morning's SEATTLE POST- INTELLIGENCER. Paulson & Bruscas report that House Speaker Clyde Ballard "suggested that lawmakers would have to work every day for the next week to reach a consensus." WA Gov. Mike Lowry said a special session could be called within a week, and said he still supports splitting the cost of the proposed $285M stadium three ways. The Mariners would contribute $45M, with the state and King County splitting the remaining $240M. The Senate appears "generally inclined" to help the Mariners (SEATTLE POST- INTELLIGENCER, 10/4). WADING THROUGH POLITICAL BOGS: "One issue that could doom a special session" is expected to be resolved today when WA Attorney General Christine Gregoire is scheduled to issue an opinion on whether Republicans will be able to try during January's regular session to override tax cut vetoes by Lowry in the last session. Republican lawmakers say they will "insist on making such an attempt" if Gregoire rules that it can only be done in the special session. Democrats said "they will refuse to come into special session" if that is the case (SEATTLE POST- INTELLIGENCER, 10/4). AND WHAT ABOUT THE KINGDOME? House Speaker Ballard said yesterday that the Legislature "will deal only with the baseball stadium in a special session." King County is seeking $70M for past repairs to the dome, and an additional $100M to improve the facility for the Seahawks. That funding was tied into the stadium referendum that narrowly lost September 19 (SEATTLE POST- INTELLIGENCER, 10/4).