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WA Lege Day 44: Budgets, budgets, budgets

OLYMPIA — Today’s a money day at the Capitol. Senate Democrats present their budget proposal at 9 a.m., followed by House Democrats at noon for the operating budget.

Senate Ways and Means Committee has a budget hearing at 3:30 p.m., and the House Ways and Means has a budget hearing at 6 p.m.

By midnight, everyone’s minds will be numb from numbers.

Complete hearing schedule is, as usual, inside the blog.



Legislative Meeting Schedule

Tuesday, February 23, 2010
TimeCommitteeLocation
8:00 AMEconomic Development, Trade & Innovation (S)Senate Hearing Rm 3

Financial Institutions & Insurance (H)House Hearing Rm D

General Government Appropriations (H)House Hearing Rm C
9:55 AMPRO FORMA HOUSE SESSION
10:00 AMEnvironment, 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

Commerce & Labor (H)House Hearing Rm B

Education (H)House Hearing Rm D

Environmental Health (H)House Hearing Rm C

Higher Education (H)House Hearing Rm A

Public Safety & Emergency Preparedness (H)House Hearing Rm E
12:00 PMPRO FORMA SENATE SESSION
1:30 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

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
3:30 PMTransportation (S)Senate Hearing Rm 1

Ways & Means (S)Senate Hearing Rm 4

Ecology & Parks (H)House Hearing Rm C
5:30 PMWays & Means (S)Senate Hearing Rm 4
6:00 PMCapital Budget (H)House Hearing Rm C

Transportation (H)House Hearing Rm B

Ways & Means (H)House Hearing Rm A

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House Committees


Agriculture & Natural Resources*
2/23/10 1:30 pm

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

REVISED 2/22/2010 9:39 AM

Possible Executive Session:
  1. SB 6229 - Extending to 2015 the assessment levied under RCW 15.36.551 to support the dairy inspection program.
  2. E2SSB 6267 - Regarding water right processing improvements.
  3. SB 6275 - Regarding harbor lines.
  4. ESSB 6289 - Protecting lake water quality by reducing phosphorus from lawn fertilizers.
  5. SSB 6299 - Regarding animal inspections.
  6. SSB 6343 - Establishing the Washington food policy forum.
  7. ESSB 6402 - Concerning the consolidation of permit exempt wells.
  8. SSB 6521 - Requiring state agencies to use an agriculture impact statement.
  9. SSB 6644 - Regarding falconry.
  10. SB 6745 - Concerning veterinary technician licenses.
  11. ESB 6776 - Creating the joint work group on small forest landowner sustainability.

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Capital Budget
2/23/10 6:00 pm

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

Public Hearing:
HB 2836 - Concerning the capital budget.

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Commerce & Labor*
2/23/10 10:00 am

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

REVISED 2/19/2010 4:35 PM

Public Hearing:
  1. SSB 6524 - Addressing unemployment insurance penalties and contribution rates for employers who are not “qualified employers.”
  2. SSB 5046 - Placing symphony musicians under the jurisdiction of the public employment relations commission for purposes of collective bargaining.
  3. SSB 6329 - Creating a beer and wine tasting endorsement to the grocery store liquor license.

Executive Session:
  1. SSB 5046 - Placing symphony musicians under the jurisdiction of the public employment relations commission for purposes of collective bargaining.
  2. ESSB 5529 - Regarding architects.
  3. SSB 5668 - Restricting the use of consignment contracts in the sale of used manufactured/mobile homes.
  4. SB 5908 - Providing interest arbitration for employees of juvenile court services administered under RCW 13.20.060.
  5. SB 6103 - Modifying the definition of gambling.
  6. SSB 6332 - Concerning human trafficking.
  7. SSB 6349 - Establishing a farm internship program.
  8. SSB 6485 - Modifying craft distillery provisions.
  9. 2SSB 6575 - Concerning the recommendations of the joint legislative task force on the underground economy.
  10. ESSB 6726 - Making the governor the public employer of language access providers.
  11. SSB 6749 - Concerning the transfer of commercial real estate.
  12. SB 6815 - Concerning health care benefits for marine employees of the department of transportation.
  13. SSB 6393 - Modifying distributions of funds by the horse racing commission to nonprofit race meets.
  14. SSB 6433 - Modifying home inspector licensing requirements.
  15. SSB 6647 - Protecting jobs of members of the civil air patrol while acting in an emergency service operation.
  16. SSB 6524 - Addressing unemployment insurance penalties and contribution rates for employers who are not “qualified employers.”
  17. SSB 6329 - Creating a beer and wine tasting endorsement to the grocery store liquor license.

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Early Learning & Children’s Services
2/23/10 1:30 pm

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

Public Hearing:
  1. SSB 6416 - Concerning relatives in dependency proceedings.
  2. Other Senate bills referred to committee.

Executive Session: Senate bills previously heard in committee.

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Ecology & Parks*
2/23/10 3:30 pm

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

REVISED 2/22/2010 12:57 PM

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*
2/23/10 10:00 am

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

REVISED 2/22/2010 1:24 PM

Work Session: Issues Relating to National Certification for Educational Staff Associates.

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. 2SSB 6702 - Providing education programs for juveniles in adult jails.
  4. ESSB 6778 - Establishing an alternative route to a high school diploma.
  5. E2SSB 6696 - Regarding education reform.

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Education Appropriations*
2/23/10 9:00 am

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

MEETING CANCELLED.

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Environmental Health*
2/23/10 10:00 am

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

REVISED 2/18/2010 8:42 AM

Possible Executive Session:
SSB 6557 - Limiting the use of certain substances in brake friction material.

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Finance*
2/23/10 1:30 pm

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

REVISED 2/18/2010 10:16 AM

Public Hearing:
  1. HB 3186 - Concerning the taxation of community residential services.
  2. ESSB 6051 - Concerning lodging taxes.
  3. Bills referred to committee.

Possible Executive Session: Bill previously heard in committee.

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Financial Institutions & Insurance
2/23/10 8:00 am

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

Public Hearing:
  1. SSB 6251 - Concerning nonresident surplus line brokers and insurance producers.
  2. SSB 6371 - Concerning money transmitters.

Possible Executive Session:
  1. ESB 6240 - Regulating joint underwriting associations.
  2. SSB 6251 - Concerning nonresident surplus line brokers and insurance producers.
  3. SSB 6371 - Concerning money transmitters.
  4. Senate bills previously heard in committee.

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General Government Appropriations
2/23/10 8:00 am

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

Possible Public Hearing:
  1. SSB 6341 - Transferring food assistance programs to the department of agriculture.
  2. SB 6540 - Transferring the combined fund drive from the department of personnel to the secretary of state.
  3. SSB 6556 - Changing the fees for certain types of agricultural burning.
  4. SSB 6747 - Authorizing the department of natural resources to recover costs for data delivery services provided under the natural heritage program.
  5. Bills referred to committee.

Possible Executive Session: Bills previously heard in committee.

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Health & Human Services Appropriations*
2/23/10 8:00 am

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

MEETING CANCELLED.

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Health Care & Wellness
2/23/10 1:30 pm

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

Executive Session:
  1. SSB 5798 - Concerning medical marijuana.
  2. SB 6227 - Concerning the practice of opticianry.
  3. ESB 6263 - Establishing the Washington vaccine association.
  4. SSB 6273 - Regarding insurance coverage of the sales tax for prescribed durable medical equipment and mobility enhancing equipment.
  5. SSB 6280 - Concerning East Asian medicine practitioners.
  6. SB 6297 - Regarding certification of speech-language pathology assistants.
  7. SB 6487 - Repealing the expiration of the fair payment for chiropractic services requirement.
  8. ESSB 6522 - Establishing the accountable care organization pilot projects.
  9. ESSB 6538 - Defining small groups for insurance purposes.
  10. ESSB 6582 - Concerning nursing assistant credentialing.
  11. SSB 6584 - Monitoring and reporting customer complaints and appeals to the state health care authority.
  12. SB 6627 - Authorizing Washington pharmacies to fill prescriptions written by advanced registered nurse practitioners in other states or in certain provinces of Canada.
  13. SSB 6698 - Concerning the acquisition of nonprofit hospitals.
  14. SSCR 8409 - Forming a joint select committee on health reform implementation.

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Higher Education*
2/23/10 10:00 am

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

REVISED 2/22/2010 3:05 PM

Please note, the committee will begin Executive Session immediately at 10 a.m.:

Executive Session: Senate bills previously heard in committee.

Public Hearing:
  1. SSB 5237 - Requiring the development of three-year baccalaureate programs.
  2. E2SSB 6562 - Regarding higher education accountability and access.

Possible Executive Session: Senate bills previously heard in committee.

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Public Safety & Emergency Preparedness*
2/23/10 10:00 am

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

REVISED 2/22/2010 10:05 AM

Public Hearing:
  1. SB 5582 - Concerning the chief for a day program.
  2. SSB 6202 - Expanding provisions relating to vulnerable adults.
  3. SB 6308 - Controlling computer access by residents of the special commitment center.
  4. E2SSB 6504 - Modifying provisions of the crime victims’ compensation program.
  5. SSB 6590 - Stating the policy that law enforcement personnel be truthful and honest in the conduct of official business.
  6. SSB 6673 - Appointing a task force to study bail practices and procedures.

Possible Executive Session:
  1. ESB 5516 - Addressing drug overdose prevention.
  2. SB 5582 - Concerning the chief for a day program.
  3. SSB 6202 - Expanding provisions relating to vulnerable adults.
  4. SSB 6293 - Changing provisions relating to rendering criminal assistance in the first degree.
  5. SB 6308 - Controlling computer access by residents of the special commitment center.
  6. SSB 6340 - Changing the membership of the Washington state forensic investigations council.
  7. SSB 6398 - Adding the definition of threat to malicious harassment provisions.
  8. E2SSB 6504 - Modifying provisions of the crime victims’ compensation program.
  9. 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.
  10. SSB 6590 - Stating the policy that law enforcement personnel be truthful and honest in the conduct of official business.
  11. SSB 6673 - Appointing a task force to study bail practices and procedures.

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State Government & Tribal Affairs*
2/23/10 1:30 pm

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

REVISED 2/22/2010 3:22 PM

Public Hearing:
  1. SSB 6344 - Concerning campaign contribution limits.
  2. ESB 6430 - Concerning ballot envelopes.
  3. SSB 6361 - Exempting a person’s identifying information from public disclosure when submitted in the course of using the sex offender notification and registration program for the purpose of receiving notification regarding registered sex offenders.
  4. SSB 6367 - Allowing agencies to direct requesters to their web site for public records.
  5. ESB 6754 - Making the names and addresses of persons signing initiative or referendum petitions public records.
  6. Other Senate bills referred to committee.

Possible Executive Session:
  1. SB 6196 - Concerning military leave for public employees.
  2. ESB 6221 - Concerning clarification and expansion of eligibility to use the state’s local government investment pool.
  3. SB 6243 - Eliminating provisions for filings at locations other than the public disclosure commission.
  4. SSB 6344 - Concerning campaign contribution limits.
  5. SSB 6361 - Exempting a person’s identifying information from public disclosure when submitted in the course of using the sex offender notification and registration program for the purpose of receiving notification regarding registered sex offenders.
  6. SSB 6367 - Allowing agencies to direct requesters to their web site for public records.
  7. ESB 6430 - Concerning ballot envelopes.
  8. ESSB 6449 - Regarding signature gatherers for petitions.
  9. ESSB 6724 - Addressing the shared leave program.
  10. ESB 6754 - Making the names and addresses of persons signing initiative or referendum petitions public records.
  11. Other Senate bills previously heard in committee.

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Transportation*
2/23/10 6:00 pm

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

REVISED 2/22/2010 11:02 AM

Public Hearing:
  1. HB 2838 - Making 2009-11 supplemental transportation appropriations.
  2. ESSB 6499 - Concerning the administration, collection, use, and enforcement of tolls.

Possible Executive Session: Bills previously heard in committee.

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Ways & Means
2/23/10 6:00 pm

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

Public Hearing: HB 2824 - Making 2010 operating supplemental appropriations.
The hearing is on the proposed substitute bill by Representative Linville.


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Senate Committees


Agriculture & Rural Economic Development*
2/23/10 1:30 pm

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

REVISED 2/22/2010 2:54 PM

Executive Session: Bills previously heard in committee.

Other business.

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Economic Development, Trade & Innovation
2/23/10 8:00 am

Senate Sub Committee
Senate Hearing Rm 3
J.A. Cherberg Building
Olympia, WA

Work Session: Trends in international business.

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

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Environment, Water & Energy*
2/23/10 10:00 am

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

REVISED 2/22/2010 9:51 AM

Work Session: Jennifer McKay, professor University of South Australia, Transitions toward Sustainability in Water Management Laws in Australia: Lessons for the Sister Federation – the USA.

Public Hearing:
  1. SHB 2416 - Establishing energy efficiency standards for consumer products.
  2. E2SHB 2539 - Optimizing the collection of source separated materials.
  3. SHB 2818 - Reducing the environmental health impact of cleaning in state facilities.
  4. ESHB 2538 - Regarding high-density urban development.
  5. ESHB 2504 - Concerning minimum renewable fuel content requirements.
  6. SHB 2471 - Concerning net metering of electricity.

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

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Financial Institutions, Housing & Insurance*
2/23/10 10:00 am

Senate Full Committee
Senate Hearing Rm 2
J.A. Cherberg Building
Olympia, WA

REVISED 2/22/2010 2:49 PM

Public Hearing:
  1. ESHB 2560 - Forming joint underwriting associations.
  2. 2SHB 2623 - Reviewing the foreclosure of residential real property.
  3. SGA 9209 - Dennis Kloida, Member, Housing Finance Commission.
  4. SGA 9244 - Pamela J Tietz, Member, Housing Finance Commission.
  5. SHB 2138 - Concerning the use of surplus property for the development of affordable housing.
  6. HB 2608 - Concerning regulation and licensing of residential mortgage loan servicers and services.
  7. SHB 3060 - Modifying surplus line coverage provisions.
  8. ESHB 3067 - Establishing a process for the payment of impact fees through provisions stipulated in recorded covenants. (If measure is referred to committee.)
  9. SHB 2566 - Creating an exemption from impact fees for low-income housing.

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

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Government Operations & Elections*
2/23/10 1:30 pm

Senate Full Committee
Senate Hearing Rm 2
J.A. Cherberg Building
Olympia, WA

REVISED 2/22/2010 8:07 AM

Public Hearing:
  1. ESHB 2986 - Requiring the appointment of nonvoting labor members to public transportation governing bodies.
  2. 2SHB 2016 - Concerning campaign contribution and disclosure laws.
  3. 2SHB 1572 - Adopting all mail voting.
  4. HB 2398 - Modifying election notice provisions.
  5. E2SHB 1317 - Regarding the disclosure of public records containing information used to locate or identify employees of criminal justice agencies.
  6. ESHB 2496 - Modifying ballot design provisions.
  7. SHB 2775 - Regarding membership on the state building code council.

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

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Higher Education & Workforce Development
2/23/10 10:00 am

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

Public Hearing:
  1. SHB 2580 - Concerning secondary career and technical education courses.
  2. 2SHB 2854 - Making changes to the state higher education loan program.

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

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Human Services & Corrections*
2/23/10 1:30 pm

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

REVISED 2/19/2010 2:43 PM

Public Hearing:
  1. 2SHB 2782 - Concerning the security lifeline act.
  2. ESHB 2747 - Limiting the use of restraints on pregnant women or youth.
  3. SHB 2486 - Concerning costs for the collection of DNA samples.
  4. SHB 3016 - Updating provisions concerning the modification, review, and adjustment of child support orders to improve access to justice and to ensure compliance with federal requirements.
  5. SHB 2596 - Defining child advocacy centers for the multidisciplinary investigation of child abuse and implementation of county protocols.
  6. ESHB 2752 - Modifying provisions relating to providing shelter to a minor.
  7. SB 6868 - Limiting the reasons for which a manifest injustice disposition may be imposed upon a juvenile offender.

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

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Judiciary*
2/23/10 10:00 am

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

REVISED 2/22/2010 5:02 PM

Public Hearing:
  1. SHB 3046 - Addressing the dissolution of the assets and affairs of a nonprofit corporation.
  2. SHB 2768 - Requiring background investigations for peace officers and reserve officers as a condition of employment.
  3. 2SHB 2742 - Addressing accountability for persons driving under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drugs.
  4. ESHB 2777 - Modifying domestic violence provisions.
  5. ESHB 2427 - Ensuring punishment for domestic violence offenders.

Copies of draft bill available from staff. Possible executive session on bills heard in committee. Other business.

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Labor, Commerce & Consumer Protection*
2/23/10 1:30 pm

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

REVISED 2/22/2010 12:07 PM

Public Hearing:
  1. SHB 3145 - Improving administration of wage complaints.
  2. E2SHB 1149 - Protecting consumers from breaches of security.
  3. SHB 2546 - Concerning classroom training for electrical trainees.
  4. SHB 2555 - Authorizing the department of labor and industries to issue subpoenas to enforce production of information related to electricians and electrical installations.
  5. EHB 2444 - Providing leave from employment for participating in a child’s educational activities.
  6. SHB 2789 - Authorizing issuance of subpoenas for purposes of agency investigations of underground economic activity.
  7. EHB 2805 - Regarding public works involving off-site prefabrication.
  8. ESHB 3040 - Regarding the licensing of appraisal management companies.
  9. ESHB 2886 - Concerning the adoption of rules by the building code council regarding carbon monoxide alarm installation.
  10. HB 2697 - Concerning real estate broker licensure fees.

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

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Transportation*
2/23/10 3:30 pm

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

REVISED 2/22/2010 12:04 PM

Public Hearing:
  1. 2SHB 1591 - Concerning the use of certain transportation benefit district funds.
  2. SHB 2721 - Concerning commute trip reduction programs.
  3. HB 3007 - Authorizing airport operators to make airport property available at less than fair market rental value for public recreational or other community uses.

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

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Ways & Means*
2/23/10 3:30 pm

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

REVISED 2/22/2010 2:11 PM

Public Hearing:
SB 6444 - Making 2010 operating supplemental appropriations.

*Testimony sign-in sheets will be provided starting at 2:30 pm outside hearing room 4.

Ways & Means
2/23/10 5:30 pm

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

Public Hearing: Continuation of 3:30 pm hearing.

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