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WA Lege Day 2: State of the state at high noon

Gov. Chris Gregoire delivers her “State of the State” speech today at noon. As one state senator said yesterday after the session went into recess, it could probably be summed up in two words:

Not good.

Her speech will be carried live on TVW, which is available on most cable systems around the state, or online at www.tvw.org.

She and OFM Director Victor Moore will also be discussing the budget proposal with the Senate Ways and Means Committee at 3:30 p.m.

For a full list of the committee hearings for Day 2 of the session, go inside the blog.


Legislative Meeting Schedule

Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Time Committee Location
8:00 AM Financial Institutions & Insurance (H) House Hearing Rm D

General Government Appropriations (H) House Hearing Rm C
8:30 AM Education Appropriations (H) House Hearing Rm A
9:55 AM PRO FORMA HOUSE SESSION
10:00 AM Environment, 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

Ecology & Parks (H) House Hearing Rm A

Education (H) House Hearing Rm C

Higher Education (H) House Hearing Rm D

Public Safety & Emergency Preparedness (H) House Hearing Rm E
11:45 AM SENATE SESSION
12:00 PM JOINT SESSION
3:30 PM Transportation (S) Senate Hearing Rm 1

Ways & Means (S) Senate Hearing Rm 4

Agriculture & Natural Resources (H) House Hearing Rm B

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
1/12/10 3:30 pm
House Full Committee
House Hearing Rm B
John L. O’Brien Building
Olympia, WA

Public Hearing:
  1. HB 2472 - Regarding the sea urchin and sea cucumber license limitation programs.
  2. HB 2446 - Regarding long-term noxious weed management on land newly acquired by the fish and wildlife commission.
  3. HB 2476 - Concerning mute swans.
  4. HB 2485 - Regarding the purchase of land by the department of fish and wildlife.
  5. HB 2491 - Requiring certain state agencies that manage natural resources to coordinate their land management with local governments.
  6. HB 2501 - Regarding payments in lieu of taxes for lands managed by the department of fish and wildlife.

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Commerce & Labor
1/12/10 10:00 am
House Full Committee
House Hearing Rm B
John L. O’Brien Building
Olympia, WA

Public Hearing:
  1. HJM 4017 - Requesting that the United States Congress enact the AgJOBS legislation.
  2. HB 2554 - Establishing a farm worker-grower advisory committee.

Work Session on Agricultural Labor: Continued discussion of farm worker and grower perspectives.

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Ecology & Parks*
1/12/10 10:00 am
House Full Committee
House Hearing Rm A
John L. O’Brien Building
Olympia, WA

REVISED 1/8/2010 9:43 AM

Public Hearing:
  1. HB 2545 - Directing the department of ecology to adopt rules requiring entities to report the emissions of greenhouse gases.
  2. HB 2480 - Adopting policy recommendations developed by the sustainable recreation work group.
  3. HB 2538 - Regarding high-density urban development.
  4. HB 2500 - Creating a cause of action for persons who are adversely affected by the judicial review of a decision made under the state environmental policy act.

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Education
1/12/10 10:00 am
House Full Committee
House Hearing Rm C
John L. O’Brien Building
Olympia, WA

Work Session:
  1. ProTeach Portfolio for Professional Teacher Certification.
  2. National Training Network - Algebraic Thinking.

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Education Appropriations
1/12/10 8:30 am
House Full Committee
House Hearing Rm A
John L. O’Brien Building
Olympia, WA

Work Session: The Superintendent of Public Instruction’s agency 2010 supplemental operating budget request.

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Financial Institutions & Insurance
1/12/10 8:00 am
House Full Committee
House Hearing Rm D
John L. O’Brien Building
Olympia, WA

Public Hearing:
  1. HB 2195 - Restricting the interest rates of credit cards.
  2. HB 2404 - Concerning group life insurance.
  3. HB 2463 - Funding sources for time certificate of deposit investments.
  4. HB 2510 - Authorizing public hospital districts to execute security instruments.
  5. HB 2514 - Regulating crop adjusters.

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General Government Appropriations
1/12/10 8:00 am
Watch on TVWHouse Full Committee
House Hearing Rm C
John L. O’Brien Building
Olympia, WA

Work Session:
  1. Overview of selected topics from the State Auditor’s Office State Government Performance Review.
    1. Shared Services — Lease Management.
    2. Shared Services — Information Technology.
    3. Government Reform — Liquor Sales and Distribution.
    4. Government Reform — Department of Printing.
  2. The Governor’s proposed program transfers to and from the Department of Commerce.

Public Hearing:
  1. Public testimony on the State Auditor’s Office State Government Performance Review.
  2. Public testimony on the Governor’s proposed program transfers to and from the Department of Commerce.

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Health Care & Wellness
1/12/10 3:30 pm
House Full Committee
House Hearing Rm A
John L. O’Brien Building
Olympia, WA

Public Hearing:
  1. HB 2430 - Concerning cardiovascular invasive specialists.
  2. HB 2435 - Concerning midwives.
  3. HB 2540 - Concerning the practice of dentistry.
  4. HB 2391 - Concerning pain management training.
  5. HB 2462 - Concerning the practice of opticianry.

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Higher Education*
1/12/10 10:00 am
House Full Committee
House Hearing Rm D
John L. O’Brien Building
Olympia, WA

REVISED 1/11/2010 12:59 PM

Public Hearing:
HB 2479 - Exempting payment of fees at institutions of higher learning for children of certain law enforcement officers or firefighters.

Work Session: Update on the State Comprehensive Plan for Workforce Development.
  1. Rick Bender, President of the Washington State Labor Council AFL/CIO.
  2. Mike Hudson, Association of Washington Business.
  3. Elani Papadakis, Executive Director, Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board.


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Public Safety & Emergency Preparedness
1/12/10 10:00 am
Watch on TVWHouse Full Committee
House Hearing Rm E
John L. O’Brien Building
Olympia, WA

Public Hearing:
  1. HB 2424 - Protecting children from sexual exploitation and abuse.
  2. HB 2427 - Ensuring punishment for domestic violence offenders.
  3. HB 2486 - Concerning costs for the collection of DNA samples.
  4. HB 2497 - Concerning the victimization of homeless persons.
  5. HB 2534 - Establishing a program to verify the address of registered sex offenders and kidnapping offenders.

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State Government & Tribal Affairs*
1/12/10 3:30 pm
House Full Committee
House Hearing Rm D
John L. O’Brien Building
Olympia, WA

REVISED 1/11/2010 11:50 AM

Work Session: Military and Overseas Voters Empowerment Act.

Public Hearing:
  1. HB 2483 - Concerning overseas and service voters.
  2. HB 2495 - Modifying provisions relating to the tabulation of ballots.
  3. HB 2496 - Modifying ballot design provisions.

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Senate Committees


Environment, Water & Energy*
1/12/10 10:00 am
Senate Full Committee
Senate Hearing Rm 4
J.A. Cherberg Building
Olympia, WA

REVISED 1/8/2010 4:21 PM

Work Session: Electronic Bill Book (EBB) refresher.

Public Hearing:
  1. Coordinating weatherization and structural rehabilitation of residential structures [S-3505.2].
  2. SB 6258 - Directing the utilities and transportation commission to study peak and off-peak electric rates.

Work Session:
  1. Overview of Governor’s directive on carbon neutrality.
  2. Briefing on implementation of E2SSB 5560 and E2SSB 5854.

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

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Financial Institutions, Housing & Insurance*
1/12/10 10:00 am
Senate Full Committee
Senate Hearing Rm 2
J.A. Cherberg Building
Olympia, WA

REVISED 1/11/2010 11:34 AM

Work Session: Report from State Treasurer - 2009 Public Deposit Protection Commission (PDPC) Report.

Public Hearing:
  1. SB 6219 - Funding sources for time certificate of deposit investments.
  2. SB 6197 - Concerning group life insurance.
  3. SB 6298 - Authorizing limited deposits of public funds with credit unions.

Work Session: Report from the Department of Financial Institutions (DFI) - Exchange Facilitators Report.

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

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Higher Education & Workforce Development
1/12/10 10:00 am
Senate Full Committee
Senate Hearing Rm 3
J.A. Cherberg Building
Olympia, WA

Work Session:
  1. Briefing on 2010 Governor’s Proposed Supplemental Budget - Tim Yowell, W&M staff.
  2. Report on state financial aid programs - John Klacik, Higher Education Coordinating Board (HECB).

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

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Judiciary*
1/12/10 10:00 am
Senate Full Committee
Senate Hearing Rm 1
J.A. Cherberg Building
Olympia, WA

REVISED 1/11/2010 4:06 PM

Public Hearing:
  1. An act relating to lawsuits aimed at chilling the valid exercise of the constitutional rights of speech and petition [S-3426.3].
  2. Changing the definition of threat [S3761.1].

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

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Transportation
1/12/10 3:30 pm
Senate Full Committee
Senate Hearing Rm 1
J.A. Cherberg Building
Olympia, WA

Work Session:
  1. Joint Transportation Committee - 2009 interim work updates.
  2. Tow truck incentive program.

Public Hearing:
  1. SB 6207 - Allowing local governments to create golf cart zones.
  2. SB 6213 - Concerning vehicles at railroad grade crossings.

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

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Ways & Means
1/12/10 3:30 pm
Watch on TVWSenate Full Committee
Senate Hearing Rm 4
J.A. Cherberg Building
Olympia, WA

Work Session: Governor Gregoire’s 2010 Supplemental Operating and Capital Budget proposals:
  1. Governor Christine Gregoire.
  2. Victor Moore, Director, Office of Financial Management.

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Jim Camden is a veteran political reporter for The Spokesman-Review.


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