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WA Lege Day 25: A way around I-960?

OLYMPIA — The first step in Senate Democrats’ efforts to put together a budget that could include tax increases may take place this afternoon, when a bill to suspend Initiative 960 through June 2011 is scheduled for a committee hearing.

The bill, SB 6834, is described as “Preserving essential public services by temporarily suspending the two-thirds vote requirement for tax increases and permanently modifying provisions of Initiative Measure No. 960 for improved efficiency and consistency with state budgeting.” For more information on the bill, read this morning’s story by clicking here.

The official hearings schedule still includes the caveat that it will be among bills up for a hearing if it is referred to committee, but that schedule hasn’t been updated since Wednesday afternoon, before Democrats announced they had introduced the bill.

Elsewhere around the Capitol, it is Energy Independence Lobby Day, Asian Pacific American Legislative Day. Miss Tri-Cities is making the rounds, and there’s a sing-along concert in the Rotunda at 3:30 p.m. (Where’s Mitch Miller when you need him?)

For a full list of the days committee hearings, click here and go inside the blog.



Legislative Meeting Information for February 4, 2010.

Legislative Meeting Schedule

Thursday, February 04, 2010
TimeCommitteeLocation
8:00 AMEducation Appropriations (H)House Hearing Rm A

General Government Appropriations (H)House Hearing Rm C

Health & Human Services Appropriations (H)House Hearing Rm B
9:55 AMPRO FORMA HOUSE SESSION
10:00 AMEarly Learning & K-12 Education (S)Senate Hearing Rm 1

Economic Development, Trade & Innovation (S)Senate Hearing Rm 3

Health & Long-Term Care (S)Senate Hearing Rm 4
12:00 PMPRO FORMA SENATE SESSION
1:30 PMTransportation (S)Senate Hearing Rm 1

Ways & Means (S)Senate Hearing Rm 4
3:30 PMAgriculture & Rural Economic Development (S)Senate Hearing Rm 3

Government Operations & Elections (S)Senate Hearing Rm 2

Human Services & Corrections (S)Senate Hearing Rm 1

Labor, Commerce & Consumer Protection (S)Senate Hearing Rm 4
5:30 PMGovernment Operations & Elections (S)Senate Hearing Rm 2

Human Services & Corrections (S)Senate Hearing Rm 1
6:00 PMEarly Learning & K-12 Education (S)Senate Hearing Rm 1

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House Committees


Education Appropriations*
2/4/10 8:00 am
House Full Committee
House Hearing Rm A
John L. O’Brien Building
Olympia, WA

REVISED 2/3/2010 12:03 PM

Possible Public Hearing:
  1. HB 2634 - Promoting efficiencies including institutional coordination and partnerships in the community and technical college system.
  2. HB 2930 - Expanding the pool of qualified teachers.
  3. HB 2687 - Creating the home visiting services account.
  4. HB 1162 - Providing for social emotional learning in public schools.
  5. HB 2913 - Authorizing innovative interdistrict cooperative high school programs.
  6. HB 2852 - Concerning college-level online learning by high school students.
  7. HB 2891 - Extending time to complete recommendations under RCW 36.70A.5601 conducted by the William D. Ruckelshaus Center.
  8. HB 3059 - Expanding options for educator preparation.
  9. HB 3026 - Regarding school district compliance with state and federal civil rights laws.
  10. HB 2915 - Regarding mathematics and science high school graduation requirements.
  11. HB 3068 - Providing access to alternative routes to certification for the recruiting Washington teachers program.
  12. HB 2621 - Designating resource programs for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics instruction in K-12 schools.
  13. Bills referred to committee.

Possible Executive Session:
  1. HB 2630 - Creating the opportunity express program.
  2. HB 2759 - Adjusting local school finance related to nonresident students enrolled in online learning.
  3. HB 2893 - Changing school levy provisions.
  4. Bills referred to committee.

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General Government Appropriations*
2/4/10 8:00 am
House Full Committee
House Hearing Rm C
John L. O’Brien Building
Olympia, WA

REVISED 2/3/2010 4:36 PM

Executive Session:
  1. HB 1096 - Enhancing small business participation in state purchasing.
  2. HB 1436 - Regarding electronic filing of lobbying reports.
  3. HB 2460 - Regarding organic products.
  4. HB 2486 - Concerning costs for the collection of DNA samples.
  5. HB 2863 - Transferring emergency food assistance programs to the department of agriculture.
  6. HB 2902 - Transferring the combined fund drive from the department of personnel to the secretary of state.
  7. HB 2935 - Regarding environmental and land use hearings boards and making more uniform the timelines for filing appeals with those boards.
  8. HB 2957 - Transferring the indeterminate sentence review board to the department of corrections.
  9. HB 2980 - Changing the fees for certain types of agricultural burning.

Public Hearing:
  1. HB 2427 - Ensuring punishment for domestic violence offenders.
  2. HB 2508 - Regarding water right processing improvements.
  3. SHB 2509 - Authorizing the department of natural resources to use certain funds to ensure that firefighting equipment does not spread noxious weeds.
  4. HB 2534 - Establishing a program to verify the address of registered sex offenders and kidnapping offenders.
  5. HB 2560 - Regulating joint underwriting associations.
  6. HB 2569 - Regarding access to information for outdoor recreation and wildlife viewing opportunities.
  7. HB 2583 - Concerning conferences prior to filing actions alleging a public records request violation.
  8. HB 2589 - Concerning on-site wastewater treatment systems designer licensing.
  9. HB 2593 - Concerning the department of fish and wildlife’s ability to manage shellfish resources.
  10. HB 2608 - Concerning regulation and licensing of residential mortgage loan servicers and services.
  11. HB 2614 - Concerning signature gathering.
  12. HB 2683 - Changing provisions relating to the economic development commission.
  13. HB 2697 - Concerning real estate broker licensure fees.
  14. HB 2704 - Transferring the Washington main street program to the department of archaeology and historic preservation.
  15. HB 2745 - Concerning compliance with the environmental protection agency’s renovation, repair, and painting rule in the lead-based paint program.
  16. HB 3023 - Consolidating the pollution liability insurance agency within the department of ecology.
  17. HB 3040 - Regarding the licensing of appraisal management companies.
  18. HB 3132 - Eliminating the Columbia River Gorge Compact.
  19. HB 3156 - Authorizing the department of archaeology and historic preservation to impose a fee for access to certain online report systems.
  20. Other bills referred to committee.

Possible Executive Session: Bills previously heard in committee.

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Health & Human Services Appropriations*
2/4/10 8:00 am
Watch on TVWHouse Full Committee
House Hearing Rm B
John L. O’Brien Building
Olympia, WA

REVISED 2/3/2010 3:44 PM

Public Hearing:
  1. HB 2894 - Creating the medical professions account.
  2. HB 2898 - Simplifying medicaid payment for nursing facilities.
  3. HB 2396 - Concerning emergency cardiac and stroke care.
  4. HB 2652 - Regulating tanning facilities.
  5. HB 2961 - Establishing a statewide electronic tracking system for the nonprescription sales of ephedrine, pseudoephedrine, and phenylpropanolamine.
  6. HB 2498 - Funding the care of residents of residential habilitation centers.
  7. HB 3017 - Modifying state payments for in-home care.
  8. HB 3108 - Modifying state payments for in-home care.
  9. HB 2865 - Concerning offenders with developmental disabilities or traumatic brain injuries.
  10. HB 2956 - Concerning hospital safety net assessment.
  11. HB 2954 - Concerning license fees for nursing homes, boarding homes, and adult family homes.
  12. HB 2932 - Concerning the assessment and treatment of certain persons with mental illnesses.

Possible Executive Session: Bills previously heard in committee.

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Senate Committees


Agriculture & Rural Economic Development
2/4/10 3:30 pm
Senate Full Committee
Senate Hearing Rm 3
J.A. Cherberg Building
Olympia, WA

Work Session: Update on Clean Samish Initiative.

Executive Session:
  1. SB 6792 - Extending the agribusiness purposes exemption for certain commercial driver’s license applicants.
  2. SB 6794 - Directing the state conservation commission to work with other agencies for implementation of agricultural landowner incentive programs.
  3. SB 6228 - Regarding organic products.
  4. SB 6816 - Concerning special permitting for certain farm implements.

Possible executive session on bills heard in committee. Other business.

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Early Learning & K-12 Education*
2/4/10 10:00 am
Watch on TVWSenate Full Committee
Senate Hearing Rm 1
J.A. Cherberg Building
Olympia, WA

REVISED 2/3/2010 4:48 PM

Public Hearing:
  1. SJM 8023 - Petitioning Congress to fully fund forty percent of the costs of the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
  2. SB 6740 - Concerning a comprehensive K-12 education policy.
  3. SB 6655 - Regarding the running start program.
  4. SB 6533 - Granting high school credit for learning experiences.
  5. SB 6778 - Establishing an alternative route to a high school diploma. (Hearing is on the Proposed Substitute.)

Executive Session:
  1. SB 6494 - Regarding state board of health rules that impact school districts.
  2. SB 6553 - Regarding mathematics and science high school graduation requirements.
  3. SB 6643 - Regarding compliance reports for second-class school districts.
  4. SB 6702 - Providing education programs for juveniles in adult jails.
  5. SB 6755 - Creating a coordinated school health public-private partnership.
  6. SB 6800 - Regarding discrimination in public schools.
  7. SGA 9184 - Denise Colley, Member, Board of Trustees, State School for the Blind.
  8. SGA 9226 - Dolorita Reandeau, Member, Board of Trustees, State School for the Deaf.
  9. SGA 9240 - Larry E Swift, Member, Board of Trustees, State School for the Deaf.
  10. SGA 9255 - Jeff Vincent, Member, State Board of Education.
  11. SGA 9257 - Sheila L Fox, Member, State Board of Education.
  12. SGA 9267 - Mary Jean Ryan, Member, State Board of Education.
  13. SB 6593 - Transferring the administration of the infant and toddler early intervention program from the department of social and health services to the department of early learning.
  14. SB 6668 - Regarding eligibility requirements for the early childhood education and assistance program.
  15. SB 6604 - Providing flexibility in the education system.
  16. SB 6620 - Recognizing successful schools and school districts by providing flexibility for schools.
  17. SB 6619 - Including approved private schools in the superintendent of public instruction’s record check information rules.
  18. SB 6511 - Regarding gang and hate group activity at schools and school activities.
  19. SB 6512 - Increasing school safety.
  20. SB 6519 - Streamlining Becca bill provisions for middle and high school students.
  21. SB 6798 - Implementing the recommendations of the achievement gap oversight and accountability committee.
  22. SB 6740 - Concerning a comprehensive K-12 education policy.
  23. SB 6655 - Regarding the running start program.
  24. SB 6533 - Granting high school credit for learning experiences.
  25. SB 6778 - Establishing an alternative route to a high school diploma.
  26. SJM 8023 - Petitioning Congress to fully fund forty percent of the costs of the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

Copies of Proposed Substitute(s) are available from committee staff. Possible executive session on bills heard in committee. Other business.

Early Learning & K-12 Education*
2/4/10 6:00 pm
Senate Full Committee
Senate Hearing Rm 1
J.A. Cherberg Building
Olympia, WA

REVISED 2/3/2010 4:49 PM

Executive Session: Continuation of Executive Session from 10:00 a.m.

Other business.

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Economic Development, Trade & Innovation*
2/4/10 10:00 am
Senate Full Committee
Senate Hearing Rm 3
J.A. Cherberg Building
Olympia, WA

REVISED 2/3/2010 3:03 PM

Executive Session:
  1. SB 6613 - Modifying the sales and use tax deferral program for investment projects in rural counties.
  2. SB 6515 - Refocusing the department of commerce, including transferring programs.
  3. SB 6578 - Creating an optional multiagency permitting team.
  4. SB 6669 - Concerning the small business development center.
  5. SB 6808 - Concerning private infrastructure development.
  6. SB 6646 - Concerning business and occupation tax credits for job creation.
  7. SB 6241 - Creating community facilities districts.

Possible executive session on bills heard in committee. Other business.

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Government Operations & Elections*
2/4/10 3:30 pm
Senate Full Committee
Senate Hearing Rm 2
J.A. Cherberg Building
Olympia, WA

REVISED 2/2/2010 12:51 PM

Public Hearing:
  1. SB 6786 - Creating a commission to restructure state government.
  2. SB 6301 - Concerning the designation of urban growth areas outside the hundred year floodplain by counties.
  3. SB 6768 - Allowing county treasurers to use electronic bill presentment and payment that includes an automatic electronic payment option for property taxes.
  4. SB 6225 - Concerning population thresholds that determine the number of local councilmembers and receipt of local funds.
  5. SB 6835 - Clarifying that private nonprofit membership organizations are not defined as agencies for purposes of the open public meetings act and the public records act.

Possible executive session on bills heard in committee. Other business.

Government Operations & Elections
2/4/10 5:30 pm
Senate Full Committee
Senate Hearing Rm 2
J.A. Cherberg Building
Olympia, WA

Public Hearing: Continuation of 3:30 p.m. meeting.

Possible executive session on bills heard in committee. Other business.

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Health & Long-Term Care*
2/4/10 10:00 am
Senate Full Committee
Senate Hearing Rm 4
J.A. Cherberg Building
Olympia, WA

REVISED 2/2/2010 3:55 PM

Executive Session: To be announced.

Other business.

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Human Services & Corrections*
2/4/10 3:30 pm
Senate Full Committee
Senate Hearing Rm 1
J.A. Cherberg Building
Olympia, WA

REVISED 2/2/2010 9:39 AM

Public Hearing:
  1. SB 6639 - Creating alternatives to total confinement for nonviolent offenders with minor children.
  2. SB 6733 - Allocating responsibility for court-related costs of involuntary commitment proceedings.
  3. SB 6709 - Waiving the imposition of legal financial obligations in certain circumstances.
  4. SB 6791 - Concerning the involuntary treatment act.
  5. SB 6832 - Concerning child welfare services.

Possible executive session on bills heard in committee. Other business.

Human Services & Corrections
2/4/10 5:30 pm
Senate Full Committee
Senate Hearing Rm 1
J.A. Cherberg Building
Olympia, WA

Executive Session: Bills previously heard.

Continuation of 3:30 meeting.

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Labor, Commerce & Consumer Protection*
2/4/10 3:30 pm
Senate Full Committee
Senate Hearing Rm 4
J.A. Cherberg Building
Olympia, WA

REVISED 2/3/2010 4:52 PM

Executive Session:
  1. SB 6663 - Regulating tanning facilities.
  2. SB 6648 - Protecting and assisting consumers and homeowners from unfair lending practices and during foreclosure proceedings.
  3. SB 6775 - Creating a task force to study and report on the state’s workers’ compensation system.
  4. SB 6793 - Relating to unemployment benefits and taxes.
  5. SSB 5786 - Authorizing the creation of cultural access authorities.
  6. SB 6204 - Privatizing the sale of liquor.
  7. SB 6726 - Making the governor the public employer of language access providers.
  8. SB 6433 - Extending the time in which certain experienced home inspectors can apply for licensure without meeting instruction and training requirements.

Public Hearing:
  1. SGA 9188 - Sharon Foster, Member, Liquor Control Board.
  2. SGA 9213 - Valoria Loveland, Member, Lottery Commission.

Possible executive session on bills heard in committee. Other business.

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Natural Resources, Ocean & Recreation*
2/4/10 10:00 am
Senate Full Committee
Senate Hearing Rm 2
J.A. Cherberg Building
Olympia, WA

MEETING CANCELLED.

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Transportation*
2/4/10 1:30 pm
Senate Full Committee
Senate Hearing Rm 1
J.A. Cherberg Building
Olympia, WA

REVISED 2/3/2010 4:45 PM

Public Hearing:
  1. SB 6633 - Creating a breast cancer awareness special license plate. (Hearing is on the Proposed Substitute.)
  2. SB 6825 - Allowing federally qualified nonprofit community health organizations to buy surplus real property from the department of transportation.
  3. SB 6827 - Regulating vehicle dealers in counties with a population of ten thousand or less.
  4. SHJM 4004 - Naming a certain portion of state route number 110 the “Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm Memorial Highway.”
  5. HB 1576 - Determining the amount of motor vehicle fuel tax moneys derived from tax on marine fuel.
  6. SHB 2179 - Authorizing cities located in counties having a population of more than one million five hundred thousand to provide and contract for supplemental transportation improvements.

Copies of the Proposed Substitute are available from committee staff. Possible executive session on bills heard in committee. Bills as referred to committee. Other business.

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Ways & Means*
2/4/10 1:30 pm
Watch on TVWSenate Full Committee
Senate Hearing Rm 4
J.A. Cherberg Building
Olympia, WA

REVISED 2/3/2010 3:46 PM

Public Hearing:
  1. SB 6763 - Restricting the sales and use tax exemptions for machinery and equipment used in the generation of renewable energy to local electric utilities or persons contracting with local electric utilities.
  2. SSB 5146 - Revising the accrual of interest on judgments entered against offenders.
  3. SB 6118 - Concerning lodging taxes for, and certain transfers from, the state convention and trade center account.
  4. SB 6721 - Concerning tax statute clarifications and technical corrections.
  5. SB 6833 - Addressing the management of funds and accounts by the state treasurer.
  6. SB 6454 - Defining child advocacy centers for the multidisciplinary investigation of child abuse and implementation of county protocols. (If measure is referred to committee.)
  7. SB 6843 - Preserving essential public services by temporarily suspending the two-thirds vote requirement for tax increases and permanently modifying provisions of Initiative Measure No. 960 for improved efficiency and consistency with state budgeting. (If measure is referred to committee.)

Executive Session:
  1. SSB 6373 - Directing the department of ecology to adopt rules requiring entities to report the emissions of greenhouse gases.
  2. SSB 6579 - Improving the efficiency, accountability, and quality within state information systems.
  3. SHB 2998 - Suspending certain monetary awards and salary increases.

Possible executive session on bills heard in committee. Other business.

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