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WA Lege Day 30: At halfway mark, vote to suspend I-960 likely

OLYMPIA — This year’s regular legislative session is half over, and while there’s not much to show for it so far, the Senate may be pushing ahead this morning with a vote over suspending the supermajority provisions in Initiative 960.

The Senate Ways and Means Committee sent the bill out Monday on a party-line vote. It allows taxes to be raised with a simple majority through June 2011, and permanently repeals the two-thirds majority for some types of tax changes, such as removing exemptions.

If that makes the legislators nervous, depressed or queasy, that’s probably OK because it is Pharmacy Day, and the state Pharmacy Association is in the Rotunda and the Reception Room, and the Connected Care Mobile Healthcare Unit is out in the park.

It is also the Sexual Assault Coalition Lobby Day and Catholic Advocacy Day. Gov. Chris Gregoire had an early morning at the Peace Arch in Blaine, as the Olympic Torch made a dip down into the United States on its way to the Vancouver Games.

Hearing schedule, as usual, is inside the blog.,


Legislative Meeting Information for February 9, 2010.

Legislative Meeting Schedule

Tuesday, February 09, 2010
TimeCommitteeLocation
8:00 AMFinance (H)House Hearing Rm C
9:00 AMSENATE SESSION/CAUCUS
9:55 AMPRO FORMA HOUSE SESSION
1:30 PMWays & Means (S)Senate Hearing Rm 4

Capital Budget (H)House Hearing Rm C

Ways & Means (H)House Hearing Rm A
3:30 PMWays & Means (S)Senate Hearing Rm 4

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House Committees


Capital Budget
2/9/10 1:30 pm
House Full Committee
House Hearing Rm C
John L. O’Brien Building
Olympia, WA

Public Hearing: Bills referred to committee.

Possible Executive Session: Bills previously heard in committee.

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Finance*
2/9/10 8:00 am
Watch on TVWHouse Full Committee
House Hearing Rm C
John L. O’Brien Building
Olympia, WA

REVISED 2/5/2010 4:05 PM

Public Hearing:
  1. HB 2756 - Allowing medicare supplement insurance premiums to be deducted from the calculation of disposable income for the purpose of qualifying for senior property tax programs.
  2. HB 2903 - Concerning benefit charges for regional fire protection service authorities.
  3. HB 2990 - Addressing alternative city assumption and tax authority provisions pertaining to water-sewer districts.
  4. HB 3172 - Concerning the taxation of lodging.
  5. HB 3179 - Revising local excise tax provisions for counties and cities.

Executive Session:
  1. HB 2402 - Concerning a property tax exemption for property owned by a nonprofit organization and used for the purpose of a farmers market.
  2. HB 2439 - Exempting church property used by a nonprofit organization conducting activities related to a farmers market from property taxation.
  3. HB 2472 - Regarding the sea urchin and sea cucumber license limitation programs.
  4. HB 2537 - Concerning incentives for solar energy systems.
  5. HB 2567 - Concerning the excise taxation of publicly owned facilities accredited by the association of zoos and aquariums.
  6. HB 2672 - Concerning tax relief for aluminum smelters.
  7. HB 2756 - Allowing medicare supplement insurance premiums to be deducted from the calculation of disposable income for the purpose of qualifying for senior property tax programs.
  8. HB 2903 - Concerning benefit charges for regional fire protection service authorities.
  9. HB 2912 - Modifying local excise taxes in counties that have pledged lodging tax revenues for the payment of bonds prior to June 26, 1975.
  10. HB 2933 - Modifying sales and use tax provisions for the local infrastructure financing tool program.
  11. HB 2984 - Concerning a sales and use tax deferral for performing arts centers.
  12. HB 2990 - Addressing alternative city assumption and tax authority provisions pertaining to water-sewer districts.
  13. HB 3027 - Regarding the governance and financing of the Washington state convention and trade center.
  14. HB 3092 - Allowing the department of revenue to issue a notice of lien to secure payment of delinquent excise taxes in lieu of a warrant.
  15. HB 3127 - Concerning the business and occupation taxation of newspaper-labeled supplements.
  16. HB 3147 - Concerning sales and use tax exemptions for certain equipment and infrastructure contained in data centers.
  17. HB 3172 - Concerning the taxation of lodging.
  18. HB 3179 - Revising local excise tax provisions for counties and cities.

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Transportation*
2/9/10 2:00 pm
House Full Committee
House Hearing Rm B
John L. O’Brien Building
Olympia, WA

MEETING CANCELLED.

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Ways & Means
2/9/10 1:30 pm
Watch on TVWHouse Full Committee
House Hearing Rm A
John L. O’Brien Building
Olympia, WA

Possible Executive Session: Bills previously heard in committee.

Public Hearing: Bills referred to committee.

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Senate Committees


Transportation*
2/9/10 1:30 pm
Senate Full Committee
Senate Hearing Rm 1
J.A. Cherberg Building
Olympia, WA

MEETING CANCELLED.

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Ways & Means*
2/9/10 1:30 pm
Watch on TVWSenate Full Committee
Senate Hearing Rm 4
J.A. Cherberg Building
Olympia, WA

REVISED 2/6/2010 7:41 PM

Public Hearing:
  1. SB 6844 - Streamlining lottery accounts by transferring local accounts into the treasury custodial accounts, directing transfers of unclaimed prize money, and eliminating obsolete provisions.
  2. SB 6823 - Naming credits against the state sales tax.
  3. SB 6831 - Concerning estates and trusts.
  4. SSB 6790 - Concerning cluster and innovation partnership zone grants.
  5. SSB 6316 - Addressing the coordination between local law enforcement and the department of corrections.
  6. SSB 6515 - Refocusing the department of commerce, including transferring programs.
  7. SSB 6550 - Imposing a sanction for offenders who violate sentence conditions by committing an assault against a law enforcement officer, employee of a law enforcement agency, or department of corrections employee.
  8. SSB 6669 - Concerning the small business development center.
  9. SSB 6798 - Implementing the recommendations of the achievement gap oversight and accountability committee.
  10. SSB 6760 - Regarding the basic education instructional allocation distribution formula.
  11. SSB 6629 - Convening a working group to make recommendations defining a basic education program for highly capable students.
  12. SSB 6808 - Concerning private infrastructure development.

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

Ways & Means
2/9/10 3:30 pm
Senate Full Committee
Senate Hearing Rm 4
J.A. Cherberg Building
Olympia, WA

Public Hearing: Continuation of 1:30 p.m. hearing.

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

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