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WA Lege Day 40: Two-thirds of the way done?

OLYMPIA — The Legislature passes a calendar point today with Day 40 of a 60 day session. As any 4th grader learning fractions will tell you 40/60 = 4/6 = 2/3.

Quite a bit — primarly budget and tax/no tax debates — will have to be jammed into that final third. So much that some people are already talking about the game going into overtime, or extra innings or a shoot out or whatever sports metaphor seems most appropriate. Nothing really unusual about that, but the Lege has managed to get out on time for several years, even last year when the budget problems first hit.

Both houses have floor sessions this morning and committee hearings in the afternoon. Many legislators have “town hall” meetings this weekend, so the Capitol will be quiet this weekend in anticipation of the days ahead.

Committee schedules, as usual are inside the blog.




Legislative Meeting Schedule

Friday, February 19, 2010
TimeCommitteeLocation
8:00 AMEnvironment, Water & Energy (S)Senate Hearing Rm 4

Human Services & Corrections (S)Senate Hearing Rm 1

Commerce & Labor (H)House Hearing Rm B

Ecology & Parks (H)House Hearing Rm C

Education (H)House Hearing Rm A

Higher Education (H)House Hearing Rm D
10:00 AMSENATE SESSION/CAUCUS

HOUSE SESSION/CAUCUS
1:30 PMHigher Education & Workforce Development (S)Senate Hearing Rm 3

Judiciary (S)Senate Hearing Rm 1

Agriculture & Natural Resources (H)House Hearing Rm B

Early Learning & Children’s Services (H)House Hearing Rm E

Finance (H)House Hearing Rm C

Health Care & Wellness (H)House Hearing Rm A

State Government & Tribal Affairs (H)House Hearing Rm D

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House Committees


Agriculture & Natural Resources*
2/19/10 1:30 pm

Watch on TVWHouse Full Committee
House Hearing Rm B
John L. O’Brien Building
Olympia, WA

REVISED 2/16/2010 5:36 PM

Public Hearing:
  1. SSB 6521 - Requiring state agencies to use an agriculture impact statement.
  2. SB 6745 - Concerning veterinary technician licenses.
  3. SSB 6299 - Regarding animal inspections.
  4. SB 6229 - Extending to 2015 the assessment levied under RCW 15.36.551 to support the dairy inspection program.
  5. SSB 6343 - Establishing the Washington food policy forum.
  6. SB 6275 - Regarding harbor lines.
  7. SSB 6644 - Regarding falconry.

Possible Executive Session: Senate bills referred to committee.

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Commerce & Labor*
2/19/10 8:00 am

Watch on TVWHouse Full Committee
House Hearing Rm B
John L. O’Brien Building
Olympia, WA

REVISED 2/17/2010 11:01 AM

Public Hearing:
  1. SB 5908 - Providing interest arbitration for employees of juvenile court services administered under RCW 13.20.060.
  2. ESSB 6726 - Making the governor the public employer of language access providers.
  3. SSB 6332 - Concerning human trafficking.
  4. SSB 6349 - Establishing a farm internship program.
  5. SSB 6433 - Modifying home inspector licensing requirements.
  6. SSB 6749 - Concerning the transfer of commercial real estate.
  7. 2SSB 6575 - Concerning the recommendations of the joint legislative task force on the underground economy.

Possible Executive Session: Senate bills previously heard in committee.

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Early Learning & Children’s Services*
2/19/10 1:30 pm

House Full Committee
House Hearing Rm E
John L. O’Brien Building
Olympia, WA

REVISED 2/17/2010 8:20 AM

Public Hearing:
  1. 2ESB 5617 - Changing early learning advisory council provisions.
  2. 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.
  3. SSB 6730 - Concerning child welfare.
  4. SSB 6832 - Concerning child welfare services.
  5. Other Senate bills referred to committee.

Possible Executive Session: Senate bills previously heard in committee.

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Ecology & Parks*
2/19/10 8:00 am

House Full Committee
House Hearing Rm C
John L. O’Brien Building
Olympia, WA

REVISED 2/13/2010 5:32 PM

Public Hearing:
  1. SB 6365 - Exempting the motor vehicles of certain residents who are members of the armed services from the provisions of chapter 70.120A RCW.
  2. SSB 6373 - Directing the department of ecology to adopt rules requiring entities to report the emissions of greenhouse gases.
  3. SSB 6380 - Concerning the purchase of wetland mitigation bank credits by the department of transportation.
  4. ESB 6762 - Regarding compliance with the state environmental policy act in the consideration of cumulative impacts and the assumption of lead agency status when the same agency is the sponsor of the project.
  5. Senate bills referred to committee.

Possible Executive Session:
  1. SB 6365 - Exempting the motor vehicles of certain residents who are members of the armed services from the provisions of chapter 70.120A RCW.
  2. SSB 6373 - Directing the department of ecology to adopt rules requiring entities to report the emissions of greenhouse gases.
  3. SSB 6380 - Concerning the purchase of wetland mitigation bank credits by the department of transportation.
  4. ESB 6762 - Regarding compliance with the state environmental policy act in the consideration of cumulative impacts and the assumption of lead agency status when the same agency is the sponsor of the project.

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Education*
2/19/10 8:00 am

House Full Committee
House Hearing Rm A
John L. O’Brien Building
Olympia, WA

REVISED 2/18/2010 10:45 AM

Public Hearing:
  1. SSB 6629 - Convening a working group to make recommendations defining a basic education program for highly capable students.
  2. 2SSB 6702 - Providing education programs for juveniles in adult jails.
  3. ESSB 6533 - Granting high school credit for learning experiences.
  4. ESSB 6778 - Establishing an alternative route to a high school diploma.

Possible Executive Session:
  1. ESSB 6403 - Regarding accountability and support for vulnerable students and dropouts.
  2. ESSB 6604 - Providing flexibility in the education system.
  3. ESSB 6533 - Granting high school credit for learning experiences.

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Finance*
2/19/10 1:30 pm

House Full Committee
House Hearing Rm C
John L. O’Brien Building
Olympia, WA

REVISED 2/18/2010 10:16 AM

Work Session:
HB 3027 - Regarding the governance and financing of the Washington state convention and trade center.

Public Hearing: HB 3188 - Modifying the definitions of “manufacturing” and “research and development” for tax incentive programs for businesses in rural counties.

Possible Executive Session: HB 3188 - Modifying the definitions of “manufacturing” and “research and development” for tax incentive programs for businesses in rural counties.

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Health Care & Wellness*
2/19/10 1:30 pm

House Full Committee
House Hearing Rm A
John L. O’Brien Building
Olympia, WA

REVISED 2/17/2010 11:43 AM

Public Hearing:
  1. SSB 6280 - Concerning East Asian medicine practitioners.
  2. SB 6487 - Repealing the expiration of the fair payment for chiropractic services requirement.
  3. SSB 6522 - Establishing the accountable care organization pilot projects.
  4. SSB 6538 - Defining small groups for insurance purposes.
  5. SSB 6584 - Monitoring and reporting customer complaints and appeals to the state health care authority.
  6. SSB 6698 - Concerning the acquisition of nonprofit hospitals.
  7. SSCR 8409 - Forming a joint select committee on health reform implementation.

Possible Executive Session: Senate bills previously heard in committee.

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Higher Education*
2/19/10 8:00 am

House Full Committee
House Hearing Rm D
John L. O’Brien Building
Olympia, WA

REVISED 2/18/2010 8:43 AM

Public Hearing :
  1. ESSB 6359 - Promoting efficiencies including institutional coordination and partnerships in the community and technical college system.
  2. SSB 6662 - Regarding developing a curriculum for a career track for home care aides.
  3. SB 6467 - Authorizing honorary degrees for students who were ordered into internment camps.
  4. Senate bills referred to committee.

Possible Executive Session: Senate bills previously heard in committee.

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Public Safety & Emergency Preparedness*
2/19/10 8:00 am

House Full Committee
House Hearing Rm E
John L. O’Brien Building
Olympia, WA

MEETING CANCELLED.

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State Government & Tribal Affairs*
2/19/10 1:30 pm

House Full Committee
House Hearing Rm D
John L. O’Brien Building
Olympia, WA

REVISED 2/18/2010 3:20 PM

Public Hearing:
  1. SSB 5295 - Implementing unanimous recommendations of the public records exemptions accountability committee.
  2. SB 6196 - Concerning military leave for public employees.
  3. SSB 6239 - Making technical corrections to gender-based terms.
  4. SB 6243 - Eliminating provisions for filings at locations other than the public disclosure commission.
  5. SB 6401 - Concerning an alternative process for selecting an electrical contractor or a mechanical contractor, or both, for general contractor/construction manager projects.
  6. SSB 6688 - Concerning filling vacancies in nonpartisan elective office.
  7. ESSB 6724 - Addressing the shared leave program.
  8. Senate bills referred to committee.

Possible Executive Session:
  1. SSB 5295 - Implementing unanimous recommendations of the public records exemptions accountability committee.
  2. ESB 6221 - Concerning clarification and expansion of eligibility to use the state’s local government investment pool.
  3. SSB 6239 - Making technical corrections to gender-based terms.
  4. SB 6243 - Eliminating provisions for filings at locations other than the public disclosure commission.
  5. SSB 6342 - Concerning the Washington soldiers’ home.
  6. SB 6401 - Concerning an alternative process for selecting an electrical contractor or a mechanical contractor, or both, for general contractor/construction manager projects.
  7. SSB 6688 - Concerning filling vacancies in nonpartisan elective office.
  8. ESSB 6724 - Addressing the shared leave program.
  9. Bills previously heard in committee.

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Senate Committees


Environment, Water & Energy*
2/19/10 8:00 am

Senate Full Committee
Senate Hearing Rm 4
J.A. Cherberg Building
Olympia, WA

REVISED 2/17/2010 1:25 PM

Public Hearing:
  1. HB 2676 - Extending the pay back period for certain energy conservation loans.
  2. HB 2677 - Extending the pay back period for certain water conservation loans.
  3. SHB 2745 - Concerning compliance with the environmental protection agency’s renovation, repair, and painting rule in the lead-based paint program.
  4. EHB 1653 - Clarifying the integration of shoreline management act policies with the growth management act.
  5. ESHB 2399 - Prohibiting and prescribing penalties for engaging in, or advertising to engage in, solid waste collection without a solid waste collection certificate.

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

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Higher Education & Workforce Development*
2/19/10 1:30 pm

Watch on TVWSenate Full Committee
Senate Hearing Rm 3
J.A. Cherberg Building
Olympia, WA

REVISED 2/17/2010 9:28 AM

Public Hearing:
  1. HB 2694 - Regarding a bachelor of science in nursing program at the University Center.
  2. SHB 1949 - Allowing appointment of student members on the boards of trustees of community colleges.
  3. HB 2751 - Requiring that at least one member on each community college board of trustees be from labor.
  4. SHB 2930 - Expanding the pool of qualified teachers.

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

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Human Services & Corrections*
2/19/10 8:00 am

Watch on TVWSenate Full Committee
Senate Hearing Rm 1
J.A. Cherberg Building
Olympia, WA

REVISED 2/16/2010 9:43 AM

Public Hearing:
  1. 2SHB 1357 - Protecting consumers by assuring persons using the title of social worker have graduated with a degree in social work from an educational program accredited by the council on social work education.
  2. SHB 2497 - Concerning the victimization of homeless persons.
  3. SHB 2533 - Concerning the interstate compact on mental health.
  4. SHB 2717 - Restricting leave from state facilities.
  5. HB 2735 - Encouraging the need for representation of children in dependency matters.
  6. SHB 2680 - Implementing a guardianship program.

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

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Judiciary*
2/19/10 1:30 pm

Senate Full Committee
Senate Hearing Rm 1
J.A. Cherberg Building
Olympia, WA

REVISED 2/15/2010 3:28 PM

Public Hearing:
  1. SHB 2524 - Concerning prohibited practices of collection agencies.
  2. SHB 1913 - Changing provisions relating to process servers.
  3. SGA 9239 - Charlene D Strong, Member, Human Rights Commission.
  4. SGA 9253 - Vanessa R Gaston, Member, Human Rights Commission.

Executive Session:
  1. SHB 2466 - Concerning the regulation of ignition interlock devices by the Washington state patrol.
  2. HB 2465 - Concerning breath test instruments approved by the state toxicologist.
  3. SHB 2657 - Addressing the dissolution of limited liability companies.

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

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