first_imgMonday was make-or-break day for hundreds of House and Senate bills — the last day for most bills to pass their chamber of origin or die for this session. The exceptions are budget and transportation bills. Dead for the session is Senate Bill 5297, a controversial measure that would have required signature-gatherers on initiative petitions to sign an oath verifying that the signatures were properly obtained and provide their names and addresses on signature sheets. The measure, strenuously opposed by anti-tax activist Tim Eyman and Sen. Don Benton, R-Vancouver, was modified from the original version, which would have required signature-gatherers to register with the Secretary of State, but it still faced constitutional questions.“For the ninth year in a row, a bunch of union-funded Democrats tried once again to shut down the initiative process with their usual regulate-to-death strategy,” Eyman said in a letter e-mailed to his supporters. “Thanks to public pressure from all of you, none of this year’s anti-initiative bills will make it to Gregoire’s desk; none will become law.”A partial list of bills sponsored by Clark County legislators: Bills that failedo Benefit cards: Senate Bill 5327, which would have restricted the venues where electronic benefit cards can be used to access public assistance funds. State Sen. Joe Zarelli, R-Ridgefield, a co-sponsor of the measure, also failed to win passage of two other bills designed to reduce reported widespread abuse and fraud in programs administered by the Department of Social and Health Services. o Breast reconstruction: House Bill 1101, sponsored by state Rep. Jim Moeller, D-Vancouver, would have required surgeons to inform their patients that group health plans are required to cover reconstructive surgery for breast cancer patients after mastectomies. Plastic surgeons withdrew support for the measure at the last minute, saying they preferred that hospitals, not physicians, be responsible for informing patients of the federal health coverage requirement.last_img