100 YEARS AGO TODAY
January 30, 1913
With a promise by Speaker Taylor that the city of Tacoma will have to pay $4,000,000 for lands on the Green River watershed because it will be forced to try condemnation suits in King County still ringing in their ears, the Pierce delegation went down to defeat this morning after the most bitter debate of the 13th session of the Legislature. The bill by Taylor, Moss and Tonkin of King, to force cities to try condemnation cases in the county in which the land desired is located, passed by a vote of 69 to 17.
50 YEARS AGO TODAY
January 30, 1963
The war in the House of Representatives broke out again today on a new front, but with the same old subject. Coalition forces moved to impose what regular Democrats termed a “gag rule” in the House rules. This was something which has been done by the state Senate for several years. It is a rule whereby all appropriations bills, including the main budget, are considered by a committee of the whole. The committee of the whole is where all 99 members of the House resolve themselves into a committee with someone other than the speaker acting as chairman. Under the committee of the whole, no amendments to a measure can pass without a two-thirds majority. No record of the proceedings is taken. There are no roll calls.
25 YEARS AGO TODAY
January 30, 1988
The N Reactor at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation moved ever closer to termination Friday amid reports that both the departments of Defense and Energy now think the aging plant is no longer needed for national security. The plant’s termination will mean the loss of up to 6,500 direct jobs in the Tri-Cities area – more than 10 percent of the present employment base there. The plant produces plutonium for nuclear weapons.