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WA Lege Day 38: Return of the committee hearings

OLYMPIA — Having killed many bills on Tuesday, the Legislature returns to committee hearings today for the bills that made it out of one chamber, and now must be considered by another chamber.

The House didn’t vote on a proposal to suspend parts of Initiative 960 last night, so they will take that rather thorny issue up again late this morning…and possibly this evening if they don’t finish before the hearing schedule kicks in for the afternoon.

Gov. Chris Gregoire is expected to release her budget and tax package sometime this week, possibly as early as today. The state Senate will follow with its proposal as early as next Monday, and the House should have its out within a day or two.

Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Eastern Washington’s Republican congresswoman, is at the Capitol this morning visiting some old colleagues from the days when she was a legislator here from the 7th District.

Mr. Yuck is here, but not as a comment on what the Legislature is doing. It’s National Poison Week. (Comments about drinking Kool-Aid are discouraged for the next few days.) There’s a symposium on Innovations in State Government, sponsored by the Secretary of State’s office, and a wildlife and recration reception.

Full list of committee hearings is inside the blog.





Legislative Meeting Information for February 17, 2010.

Legislative Meeting Schedule

Wednesday, February 17, 2010
TimeCommitteeLocation
8:00 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

Natural Resources, Ocean & Recreation (S)Senate Hearing Rm 2

Community & Economic Development & Trade (H)House Hearing Rm B

Human Services (H)House Hearing Rm D

Judiciary (H)House Hearing Rm A

Technology, Energy & Communications (H)House Hearing Rm B
8:30 AMCommunity & Economic Development & Trade (H)House Hearing Rm C

Technology, Energy & Communications (H)House Hearing Rm B
10:00 AMSENATE SESSION/CAUCUS

HOUSE SESSION/CAUCUS
12:00 PMLegislative Audit & Review Committee, Joint (J)Senate Hearing Rm 4
1:30 PMTransportation (S)Senate Hearing Rm 1

Ways & Means (S)Senate Hearing Rm 4

Commerce & Labor (H)House Hearing Rm B

Education (H)House Hearing Rm A

Environmental Health (H)House Hearing Rm C

Higher Education (H)House Hearing Rm D

Public Safety & Emergency Preparedness (H)House Hearing Rm E
3:30 PMEnvironment, Water & Energy (S)Senate Hearing Rm 4

Financial Institutions, Housing & Insurance (S)Senate Hearing Rm 2

Higher Education & Workforce Development (S)Senate Hearing Rm 3

Judiciary (S)Senate Hearing Rm 1

Capital Budget (H)House Hearing Rm C

Transportation (H)House Hearing Rm B

Ways & Means (H)House Hearing Rm A
6:00 PMFinancial Institutions & Insurance (H)House Hearing Rm D

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House Committees


Capital Budget*
2/17/10 3:30 pm
Watch on TVWHouse Full Committee
House Hearing Rm C
John L. O’Brien Building
Olympia, WA

REVISED 2/15/2010 4:59 PM

Public Hearing:
  1. SB 6218 - Authorizing use of voter approved local excess tax levies to pay financing contracts under the local option capital asset lending program and clarifying which “other agencies” may participate in the program.
  2. SB 6220 - Concerning determination of the terms and conditions of bonds, notes, and other evidences of indebtedness of the state of Washington.
  3. HB 3181 - Concerning the clean water act of 2010 funding cleanup of water pollution and other programs necessary for the health and well-being of Washington citizens through an increase in the tax on hazardous substances.
  4. Other bills referred to committee.

Possible Executive Session:
  1. HB 3177 - Concerning funds for certain affordable housing purposes.
  2. HB 3181 - Concerning the clean water act of 2010 funding cleanup of water pollution and other programs necessary for the health and well-being of Washington citizens through an increase in the tax on hazardous substances.
  3. Bills previously heard in committee.

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Commerce & Labor*
2/17/10 1:30 pm
House Full Committee
House Hearing Rm B
John L. O’Brien Building
Olympia, WA

REVISED 2/13/2010 4:02 PM

Public Hearing:
  1. SSB 5668 - Restricting the use of consignment contracts in the sale of used manufactured/mobile homes.
  2. SB 6103 - Modifying the definition of gambling.
  3. ESSB 5529 - Regarding architects.
  4. SSB 6393 - Modifying distributions of funds by the horse racing commission to nonprofit race meets.
  5. SSB 6647 - Protecting jobs of members of the civil air patrol while acting in an emergency service operation.
  6. SB 6815 - Concerning health care benefits for marine employees of the department of transportation.
  7. SB 6804 - Allowing the department of social and health services to adopt rules establishing standards for the review and certification of treatment facilities under the problem and pathological gambling treatment program. (If measure is referred to committee.)
  8. SSB 6485 - Modifying craft distillery provisions.
  9. Other Senate bills referred to committee.

Possible Executive Session: Senate bills previously heard in committee.

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Community & Economic Development & Trade
2/17/10 8:00 am
House Full Committee
Jt. w/ House Technology, Energy & Comm
House Hearing Rm B
John L. O’Brien Building
Olympia, WA

Public Hearing:
2SSB 6515 - Refocusing the department of commerce, including transferring programs.
  1. Energy Policy - Part IX.
  2. Energy Facilities Site Evaluation Council - Part VI.
  3. State Building Code Council - Part VIII.


Anyone wishing to testify on Parts IX, VI, and/or VIII of 2SSB 6515 should plan to participate in this segment of the public hearing. This segment will adjourn at 8:30 AM.

Community & Economic Development & Trade*
2/17/10 8:30 am
House Full Committee
House Hearing Rm C
John L. O’Brien Building
Olympia, WA

REVISED 2/16/2010 8:12 AM

Public Hearing:
  1. 2SSB 6515 - Refocusing the department of commerce, including transferring programs.
    Sections 1-5, Parts I through V, VII, and X through XII.
  2. SJM 8025 - Requesting that a retired space shuttle orbiter be transferred to Washington’s museum of flight.

The CEDT Committee meeting for this public hearing will be in House Hearing Room C at 8:30 AM.

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Education*
2/17/10 1:30 pm
House Full Committee
House Hearing Rm A
John L. O’Brien Building
Olympia, WA

REVISED 2/12/2010 1:18 PM

Public Hearing:
  1. ESSB 6403 - Regarding accountability and support for vulnerable students and dropouts.
  2. ESSB 6604 - Providing flexibility in the education system.
  3. SB 6619 - Including approved private schools in the superintendent of public instruction’s record check information rules. (If measure is referred to committee.)
  4. ESB 6643 - Regarding compliance reports for second-class school districts.
  5. E2SSB 6696 - Regarding education reform.

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Education Appropriations*
2/17/10 6:00 pm
House Full Committee
House Hearing Rm A
John L. O’Brien Building
Olympia, WA

MEETING CANCELLED.

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Environmental Health*
2/17/10 1:30 pm
Watch on TVWHouse Full Committee
House Hearing Rm C
John L. O’Brien Building
Olympia, WA

REVISED 2/15/2010 1:46 PM

Public Hearing:
  1. ESSB 5543 - Reducing the release of mercury into the environment.
  2. SSB 6248 - Concerning the use of bisphenol A.
  3. SSB 6557 - Limiting the use of certain substances in brake friction material.

Possible Executive Session: Senate bills previously heard in committee.

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Financial Institutions & Insurance
2/17/10 6:00 pm
House Full Committee
House Hearing Rm D
John L. O’Brien Building
Olympia, WA

Public Hearing:
  1. SSB 6197 - Concerning group life insurance.
  2. SB 6219 - Funding sources for time certificate of deposit investments.
  3. SSB 6298 - Authorizing limited deposits of public funds with credit unions.
  4. ESB 6240 - Regulating joint underwriting associations.
  5. ESSB 6306 - Regulating crop adjusters.

Possible Executive Session:
  1. SSB 6197 - Concerning group life insurance.
  2. SB 6219 - Funding sources for time certificate of deposit investments.
  3. SSB 6298 - Authorizing limited deposits of public funds with credit unions.
  4. ESSB 6306 - Regulating crop adjusters.

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General Government Appropriations*
2/17/10 6:00 pm
House Full Committee
House Hearing Rm C
John L. O’Brien Building
Olympia, WA

MEETING CANCELLED.

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Higher Education*
2/17/10 1:30 pm
House Full Committee
House Hearing Rm D
John L. O’Brien Building
Olympia, WA

REVISED 2/13/2010 7:22 PM

Public Hearing:
  1. SSB 5376 - Requiring the higher education coordinating board to develop a grant program to encourage training for students studying in the medical field to work with individuals with disabilities.
  2. ESSB 5555 - Regarding lifelong learning accounts.
  3. SSB 6355 - Expanding the higher education system upon proven demand.
  4. SSB 6357 - Requiring policies for academic recognition of certain formal and informal learning experiences.
  5. Other Senate bills referred to committee.

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Human Services*
2/17/10 8:00 am
House Full Committee
House Hearing Rm D
John L. O’Brien Building
Olympia, WA

REVISED 2/13/2010 8:10 PM

Public Hearing:
  1. ESSB 5902 - Promoting accessible communities for persons with disabilities.
  2. 2SSB 6316 - Addressing the coordination between local law enforcement and the department of corrections.
  3. SSB 6548 - Suspending the parole or probation of an offender who is charged with a new felony offense in certain conditions.
  4. SJM 8026 - Requesting the Interstate Commission for Adult Offender Supervision immediately initiate its emergency rule-making process.
  5. Other Senate bills referred to committee.

Possible Executive Session: Senate bills previously heard in committee.

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Judiciary*
2/17/10 8:00 am
House Full Committee
House Hearing Rm A
John L. O’Brien Building
Olympia, WA

REVISED 2/16/2010 4:38 PM

Public Hearing:
  1. ESSB 6286 - Concerning the liability and powers of cities, diking districts, and flood control zone districts.
  2. ESB 5297 - Concerning the procedure for filing a declaration of completion of probate.
  3. SSB 6591 - Revising the procedure for complaints filed with the human rights commission.
  4. SSB 6674 - Regulating indemnification agreements involving motor carrier transportation contracts.
  5. SB 6450 - Requiring the department of licensing to establish continuing education requirements for court reporters.
  6. SSB 5383 - Regarding wolf-hybrids.
  7. 2ESSB 5742 - Concerning crime-free rental housing.
  8. 2ESSB 6508 - Changing the class of persons entitled to recoveries under a wrongful death action or survival action.

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Public Safety & Emergency Preparedness*
2/17/10 1:30 pm
House Full Committee
House Hearing Rm E
John L. O’Brien Building
Olympia, WA

REVISED 2/16/2010 1:17 PM

Public Hearing:
  1. ESB 5516 - Addressing drug overdose prevention.
  2. SSB 6293 - Changing provisions relating to rendering criminal assistance in the first degree.
  3. SSB 6340 - Changing the membership of the Washington state forensic investigations council.
  4. 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.
  5. SSB 6398 - Adding the definition of threat to malicious harassment provisions. (If measure is referred to committee.)

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Technology, Energy & Communications
2/17/10 8:00 am
House Full Committee
Jt. w/ House Comm. & Econ. Dev. & Trade
House Hearing Rm B
John L. O’Brien Building
Olympia, WA

Public Hearing:
2SSB 6515 - Refocusing the department of commerce, including transferring programs.
  1. Energy Policy - Part IX.
  2. Energy Facilities Site Evaluation Council - Part VI.
  3. State Building Code Council - Part VIII.


Anyone wishing to testify on Parts IX, VI, and/or VIII of 2SSB 6515 should plan to participate in this segment of the public hearing. This segment will adjourn at 8:30 AM.

Technology, Energy & Communications*
2/17/10 8:30 am
House Full Committee
House Hearing Rm B
John L. O’Brien Building
Olympia, WA

REVISED 2/15/2010 11:28 AM

Public Hearing:
  1. SSB 6692 - Allowing certain counties to participate and enter into ownership agreements for electric generating facilities powered by biomass.
  2. ESSB 6244 - Defining a green home and an energy efficient home.
  3. ESSB 6656 - Implementing a pilot program for energy conservation services.
  4. Senate bills referred to committee.

Possible Executive Session: Senate bills previously heard in committee.

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Transportation*
2/17/10 3:30 pm
House Full Committee
House Hearing Rm B
John L. O’Brien Building
Olympia, WA

REVISED 2/13/2010 12:29 PM

Public Hearing:
  1. SSB 6231 - Implementing rules and penalties for drivers when approaching certain emergency, roadside assistance, or police vehicles in emergency zones.
  2. SSB 6213 - Concerning vehicles at railroad grade crossings.
  3. SSB 6345 - Addressing the use of wireless communications devices while driving.
  4. SSB 6207 - Allowing local governments to create golf cart zones.
  5. SSB 6346 - Expanding the use of certain electric vehicles.

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Ways & Means*
2/17/10 3:30 pm
House Full Committee
House Hearing Rm A
John L. O’Brien Building
Olympia, WA

REVISED 2/16/2010 10:58 AM

Public Hearing:
  1. HB 2732 - Allowing internet registration for second chance drawings of nonwinning tickets.
  2. HB 2846 - Concerning contract liquor stores.
  3. HB 3189 - Concerning alcohol sales in state liquor stores and contract liquor stores.
  4. HB 3178 - Creating efficiencies in the use of technology in state government.
  5. Other bills referred to committee.

Possible Executive Session: Bills referred to committee.

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Senate Committees


Early Learning & K-12 Education*
2/17/10 8:00 am
Senate Full Committee
Senate Hearing Rm 1
J.A. Cherberg Building
Olympia, WA

REVISED 2/16/2010 8:58 AM

Public Hearing:
  1. SHB 3036 - Requiring a public meeting before a school district contracts for nonvoter-approved debt.
  2. HB 1757 - Establishing a small school district contingency fund.
  3. 2SHB 2670 - Restoring the school district levy base.
  4. SHB 2776 - Regarding funding distribution formulas for K-12 education.
  5. SHB 2893 - Changing school levy provisions.
  6. 2SHB 1969 - Promoting predictable funding for school districts that provide residential education. (If measure is referred to committee.)
  7. 2SHB 2759 - Adjusting local school finance related to nonresident students enrolled in online learning. (If measure is referred to committee.)
  8. HJM 4020 - Petitioning Congress to fully fund forty percent of the costs of the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). (If measure is referred to committee.)

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

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Economic Development, Trade & Innovation*
2/17/10 8:00 am
Senate Full Committee
Senate Hearing Rm 3
J.A. Cherberg Building
Olympia, WA

REVISED 2/16/2010 2:50 PM

Work Session: Local conservation area financing.

Public Hearing:
  1. HB 1830 - Establishing business definitions for public contracting.
  2. SHB 2420 - Promoting industries that rely on the state’s working land base.
  3. SHB 2651 - Authorizing port districts to participate in activities related to job training and placement.
  4. SHB 2683 - Changing provisions relating to the economic development commission.

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

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Environment, Water & Energy*
2/17/10 3:30 pm
Senate Full Committee
Senate Hearing Rm 4
J.A. Cherberg Building
Olympia, WA

REVISED 2/15/2010 3:03 PM

Public Hearing:
  1. SGA 9260 - Ted Sturdevant, Director, Department of Ecology.
  2. SGA 9265 - Tom Karier, Member, Northwest Power and Conservation Council.
  3. SHB 2515 - Regarding biodiesel fuel labeling requirements.
  4. SHB 3105 - Allowing the director of financial management to include alternative fuel vehicles in a strategy to reduce fuel consumption and emissions from state agency fleets.
  5. SHB 2661 - Regarding the Washington State University extension energy program’s plant operations support program.
  6. SHB 2516 - Regarding the siting of small alternative energy facilities.

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

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Financial Institutions, Housing & Insurance*
2/17/10 3:30 pm
Senate Full Committee
Senate Hearing Rm 2
J.A. Cherberg Building
Olympia, WA

REVISED 2/16/2010 3:24 PM

Public Hearing:
  1. HB 2419 - Modifying the exemption to the three-year active transacting requirement for foreign or alien insurer applicants.
  2. HB 2510 - Authorizing public hospital districts to execute security instruments.
  3. SHB 2512 - Concerning nonresident surplus line brokers and insurance producers.
  4. ESHB 2842 - Addressing confidentiality as it relates to insurer receivership.
  5. ESHB 3032 - Defining normal wear and tear for a motor vehicle for the purpose of a service contract.
  6. SHB 2517 - Exempting housing authorities from certain state requirements when certain federal law requirements are applicable.
  7. ESHB 2564 - Regarding escrow agents.
  8. SHB 2585 - Addressing insurance statutes, generally.
  9. EHB 2830 - Addressing credit union regulatory enforcement powers. (If measure is referred to committee.)
  10. EHB 2831 - Regulating state-chartered commercial banks, trust companies, savings banks, and their holding companies. (If measure is referred to committee.)

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

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Health & Long-Term Care*
2/17/10 8:00 am
Senate Full Committee
Senate Hearing Rm 4
J.A. Cherberg Building
Olympia, WA

REVISED 2/11/2010 4:16 PM

Public Hearing:
  1. 2SHB 1180 - Regarding the use of bisphenol A.
  2. SHB 2430 - Concerning cardiovascular invasive specialists.
  3. HB 2435 - Concerning midwives.
  4. SHB 2443 - Conforming the uniform controlled substances act to existing state and federal law.
  5. HB 2521 - Addressing conversion rights upon termination of eligibility for health plan coverage.
  6. HB 2540 - Concerning the practice of dentistry.
  7. SHB 2841 - Concerning the standard health questionnaire.

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

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Higher Education & Workforce Development*
2/17/10 3:30 pm
Senate Full Committee
Senate Hearing Rm 3
J.A. Cherberg Building
Olympia, WA

REVISED 2/12/2010 9:04 AM

Public Hearing:
  1. HB 2858 - Regarding the purchasing authority of institutions of higher education.
  2. SHB 2684 - Establishing opportunity centers at community colleges.
  3. HB 2638 - Regarding instructional materials provided in a specialized format.
  4. HB 2973 - Creating resident student classifications for certain members of the military and their spouses and dependents.

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

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Judiciary*
2/17/10 3:30 pm
Senate Full Committee
Senate Hearing Rm 1
J.A. Cherberg Building
Olympia, WA

REVISED 2/15/2010 2:06 PM

Public Hearing:
  1. SHB 2466 - Concerning the regulation of ignition interlock devices by the Washington state patrol. (Hearing is on the Striking Amendment).
  2. HB 2465 - Concerning breath test instruments approved by the state toxicologist.
  3. SHB 2457 - Placing restrictions on pro se defendants when questioning witnesses.
  4. SHB 2657 - Addressing the dissolution of limited liability companies. (Hearing is on the Striking Amendment).

Copies of striking amendments are available from committee staff. Possible executive session on bills heard in committee. Other business.

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Natural Resources, Ocean & Recreation
2/17/10 8:00 am
Watch on TVWSenate Full Committee
Senate Hearing Rm 2
J.A. Cherberg Building
Olympia, WA

Public Hearing:
  1. SB 6848 - Regarding forest practices applications.
  2. SB 6813 - Transferring various natural resources management duties to the department of natural resources.

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

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Transportation*
2/17/10 1:30 pm
Senate Full Committee
Senate Hearing Rm 1
J.A. Cherberg Building
Olympia, WA

REVISED 2/15/2010 8:07 AM

Public Hearing:
  1. HB 1785 - Concerning the chief for a day program.
  2. SHB 1900 - Requiring a disclosing entity to send notice to a vehicle owner no earlier than thirty days after granting a request for vehicle owner information.
  3. SHB 3001 - Addressing bicycle and pedestrian safety education in traffic schools.
  4. HB 1966 - Adding wheelchair users to the types of individuals for whom drivers must take additional precautions.

Executive Session: SHB 2429 - Addressing the resale of motor vehicles previously determined as having nonconformities.

Possible executive session on bills heard in committee. Bills as referred to committee. Other business.

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Ways & Means*
2/17/10 1:30 pm
Watch on TVWSenate Full Committee
Senate Hearing Rm 4
J.A. Cherberg Building
Olympia, WA

REVISED 2/16/2010 2:02 PM

Public Hearing:
  1. SSB 6409 - Creating the Washington investment in excellence account.
  2. SB 6837 - Modifying the funding provisions for forest fire protection and emergency fire suppression.
  3. SSB 6766 - Concerning forest fire prevention and suppression.
  4. SB 6844 - Streamlining lottery accounts by transferring local accounts into the treasury custodial accounts, directing transfers of unclaimed prize money, and eliminating obsolete provisions.

Executive Session:
  1. SHB 2620 - Concerning excise taxation of certain products and services provided or furnished electronically.
  2. SHB 2758 - Wholesale sales/excise tax.
  3. HB 2898 - Simplifying medicaid payment for nursing facilities.
  4. HB 2492 - Addressing shared leave for members of the law enforcement officers’ and firefighters’ retirement system, plan 2.
  5. HB 2877 - Authorizing payment of regulated company stock in lieu of a portion of salary for educational employees.

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Joint, Select & Other Committees


Legislative Audit & Review Committee, Joint
2/17/10 12:00 pm
I-900 Subcommittee
(360)786-5282
Senate Hearing Rm 4
J.A. Cherberg Building
Olympia, WA

Agenda: Puget Sound Dungeness Crab Fishing Program: Department of Fish and Wildlife.

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