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WA Lege Day 3: Today’s schedule

The Lege has floor sessions at 10 a.m., and hearings off an on all day.

Nothing as dramatic as the “State of the State”, but more talk about, what else, the budget. There will also be some discussion about bills that would legalize marijuana. And no, that’s not prompted by the references to the song in the video below.

For a look at the full schedule, Click to go inside the blog.

Also today, a delegation from the Spokane, organized by the Greater Spokane Inc., arrives around noon for the first of two days of meetings with state officials. They have sessions on health care and economic development this afternoon before treating area legislators to dinner at the nearby Red Lion Hotel this evening.


Legislative Meeting Schedule

Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Time Committee Location
8:00 AM Early 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 C

Human Services (H) House Hearing Rm D

Judiciary (H) House Hearing Rm A

Local Government & Housing (H) House Hearing Rm E

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

HOUSE SESSION/CAUCUS
1:30 PM Transportation (S) Senate Hearing Rm 1

Ways & Means (S) Senate Hearing Rm 4

Commerce & Labor (H) House Hearing Rm C

Education (H) House Hearing Rm A

Environmental Health (H) House Hearing Rm E

Higher Education (H) House Hearing Rm D

Public Safety & Emergency Preparedness (H) House Hearing Rm B
3:30 PM 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

Capital Budget (H) House Hearing Rm C

Transportation (H) House Hearing Rm B

Ways & Means (H) House Hearing Rm A
6:00 PM Education Appropriations (H) House Hearing Rm A

Financial Institutions & Insurance (H) House Hearing Rm D

General Government Appropriations (H) House Hearing Rm C

Health & Human Services Appropriations (H) House Hearing Rm B

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House Committees


Capital Budget
1/13/10 3:30 pm
House Full Committee
House Hearing Rm C
John L. O’Brien Building
Olympia, WA

Public Hearing:
HB 2561 - Funding construction of energy cost saving improvements to public facilities.

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Commerce & Labor*
1/13/10 1:30 pm
House Full Committee
House Hearing Rm C
John L. O’Brien Building
Olympia, WA

REVISED 1/11/2010 12:06 PM

Work Session: Update on unemployment compensation system.

Public Hearing:
  1. HB 2553 - Addressing unemployment benefits for certain eligible individuals.
  2. HB 2647 - Allowing certain individuals to seek part-time employment while maintaining eligibility for unemployment insurance in order to qualify for the unemployment insurance modernization incentive provisions of the American recovery and reinvestment act of 2009.
  3. HB 2648 - Addressing unemployment insurance penalties and contribution rates for employers who are not “qualified employers.”
  4. HB 2649 - Correcting references in RCW 50.29.021(2)(c)(i), (c)(ii), and (3)(e), RCW 50.29.062(2)(b)(i)(B) and (2)(b)(iii), and RCW 50.29.063(1)(b) and (2)(a)(ii) to unemployment insurance statutes concerning employer experience rating accounts and contribution rates.

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Community & Economic Development & Trade*
1/13/10 8:00 am
House Full Committee
House Hearing Rm C
John L. O’Brien Building
Olympia, WA

REVISED 1/8/2010 3:24 PM

Public Hearing:
HB 2420 - Promoting industries that rely on the state’s working land base.

Work Session: Washington Council on Aerospace Report to the Governor and Legislature.

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Education
1/13/10 1:30 pm
House Full Committee
House Hearing Rm A
John L. O’Brien Building
Olympia, WA

Work Session: Online Learning demonstration.

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Education Appropriations
1/13/10 6:00 pm
House Full Committee
House Hearing Rm A
John L. O’Brien Building
Olympia, WA

Work Session:
  1. Overview of Governor’s 2010 supplemental operating budget proposal.
  2. Presentation of the Governor’s 2010 supplemental operating budget proposal for:
    1. Early Learning.
    2. K-12.
    3. Higher Education.

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Environmental Health*
1/13/10 1:30 pm
House Full Committee
House Hearing Rm E
John L. O’Brien Building
Olympia, WA

REVISED 1/11/2010 11:33 AM

Public Hearing:
  1. HB 1998 - Concerning public water systems.
  2. HB 2459 - Updating hazardous waste fee provisions.

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Financial Institutions & Insurance
1/13/10 6:00 pm
House Full Committee
House Hearing Rm D
John L. O’Brien Building
Olympia, WA

Public Hearing:
HB 2560 - Regulating joint underwriting associations.

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General Government Appropriations*
1/13/10 6:00 pm
House Full Committee
House Hearing Rm C
John L. O’Brien Building
Olympia, WA

REVISED 1/8/2010 12:10 PM

Work Session:
  1. Presentation of the Governor’s budget proposals by the Office of Financial Management.
  2. Presentation of the Governor’s General Government; Natural Resources; and Department of Corrections budget proposals by the Office of Financial Management.

Public Hearing: Public testimony on the Governor’s General Government, Natural Resources, and Department of Corrections budget proposals.

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Health & Human Services Appropriations
1/13/10 6:00 pm
House Full Committee
House Hearing Rm B
John L. O’Brien Building
Olympia, WA

Work Session: Overview of the Governor’s proposed 2010 supplemental budget with focus on health and human services items.

Public Hearing: Public testimony on health and human services items in the Governor’s proposed 2010 supplemental budget.

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Higher Education*
1/13/10 1:30 pm
House Full Committee
House Hearing Rm D
John L. O’Brien Building
Olympia, WA

REVISED 1/7/2010 12:32 PM

Work Session: Discussion of tuition policy and the Governor’s proposed supplemental higher education budget.
  1. Office of Financial Management, Governor’s Executive Policy Office.
  2. Higher Education Coordinating Board.
  3. Washington Student Association.


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Human Services
1/13/10 8:00 am
House Full Committee
House Hearing Rm D
John L. O’Brien Building
Olympia, WA

Work Session: Racial Disproportionality in the Juvenile Justice System and for Juveniles who are Declined into the Adult System.

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Judiciary
1/13/10 8:00 am
House Full Committee
House Hearing Rm A
John L. O’Brien Building
Olympia, WA

Public Hearing:
  1. HB 2518 - Modifying oath requirements for interpreters.
  2. HB 2421 - Concerning third-party visitation.
  3. HB 2482 - Recognizing legal unions from other states as state registered domestic partnerships.
  4. HB 2484 - Addressing the termination of month to month or other periodic tenancies governed by the residential landlord-tenant act.
  5. HB 2438 - Concerning the definition of “service animal.”

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Local Government & Housing
1/13/10 8:00 am
House Full Committee
House Hearing Rm E
John L. O’Brien Building
Olympia, WA

Public Hearing:
  1. HB 2456 - Concerning population thresholds that determine the number of local councilmembers and receipt of local funds.
  2. HB 2494 - Concerning the purchase or construction of public facilities in one hundred year floodplains.
  3. HB 2437 - Authorizing counties, cities, and towns to request background checks for certain license applicants and licensees.
  4. EHB 2138 - Concerning the use of surplus property for the development of affordable housing.

Possible Executive Session: Bills previously heard in committee.

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Public Safety & Emergency Preparedness*
1/13/10 1:30 pm
Watch on TVWHouse Full Committee
House Hearing Rm B
John L. O’Brien Building
Olympia, WA

REVISED 1/11/2010 11:43 AM

Public Hearing:
  1. HB 1177 - Reclassifying possession of forty grams or less of marijuana from a misdemeanor to a class 2 civil infraction.
  2. HB 2401 - Legalizing marijuana.

Executive Session:
  1. HB 1177 - Reclassifying possession of forty grams or less of marijuana from a misdemeanor to a class 2 civil infraction.
  2. HB 2401 - Legalizing marijuana.
  3. HB 2424 - Protecting children from sexual exploitation and abuse.
  4. HB 2427 - Ensuring punishment for domestic violence offenders.
  5. HB 2486 - Concerning costs for the collection of DNA samples.
  6. HB 2534 - Establishing a program to verify the address of registered sex offenders and kidnapping offenders.

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Technology, Energy & Communications*
1/13/10 8:00 am
House Full Committee
House Hearing Rm B
John L. O’Brien Building
Olympia, WA

REVISED 1/12/2010 2:24 PM

Work Session: Opportunities in Woody Biomass Energy.

Public Hearing:
HB 2481 - Authorizing the department of natural resources to enter into forest biomass supply agreements.

Possible Executive Session: Bills Previously Heard in Committee.

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Transportation
1/13/10 3:30 pm
Watch on TVWHouse Full Committee
House Hearing Rm B
John L. O’Brien Building
Olympia, WA

Work Session: Governor’s Supplemental Transportation Budget.
Stan Marshburn, Office of Financial Management.


Public Hearing:
  1. HB 2433 - Addressing compliance with federal selective service requirements before the issuance of drivers’ licenses and identicards.
  2. HB 2436 - Concerning vehicle license fraud.
  3. HB 2440 - Providing limited access to motor vehicle records by homeowners’ associations in connection with matters of driver and pedestrian safety.

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Ways & Means
1/13/10 3:30 pm
House Full Committee
House Hearing Rm A
John L. O’Brien Building
Olympia, WA

Work Session: Presentation of the Governor’s 2010 supplemental operating budget proposal.

Public Hearing: Education portions of the Governor’s 2010 supplemental operating budget proposal.

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Senate Committees


Early Learning & K-12 Education
1/13/10 8:00 am
Watch on TVWSenate Full Committee
Senate Hearing Rm 1
J.A. Cherberg Building
Olympia, WA

Work Session:
  1. Budget briefings:
    1. 2009-11 Budget allocations: Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction.
    2. 2010 Budget outlook: Byron Moore, Senate Ways and Means.
    3. Governor’s proposed budget: Early Learning, Leslie Goldstein and Cherie Berthon; K-12, Amy Skei.
  2. Update on Engrossed Substitute House Bill 2261:
    Committee staff.

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

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Economic Development, Trade & Innovation
1/13/10 8:00 am
Senate Full Committee
Senate Hearing Rm 3
J.A. Cherberg Building
Olympia, WA

Work Session:
  1. Washington STARS – Innovation Research Teams.
  2. Technology transfer at the University of Washington (UW) and Washington State University (WSU).
  3. Entrepreneur in residence programs at UW and WSU.
  4. Washington Technology Center and Small Business Innovation Research.

Public Hearing: To be announced.

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

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Environment, Water & Energy
1/13/10 3:30 pm
Senate Full Committee
Senate Hearing Rm 4
J.A. Cherberg Building
Olympia, WA

Work Session:
  1. Water markets.
  2. Groundwater in Kittitas County.

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

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Financial Institutions, Housing & Insurance
1/13/10 3:30 pm
Senate Full Committee
Senate Hearing Rm 2
J.A. Cherberg Building
Olympia, WA

Public Hearing:
SB 6240 - Regulating joint underwriting associations.

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

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Health & Long-Term Care*
1/13/10 8:00 am
Senate Full Committee
Senate Hearing Rm 4
J.A. Cherberg Building
Olympia, WA

REVISED 1/7/2010 4:31 PM

Public Hearing:
  1. SB 6224 - Conforming the uniform controlled substances act to existing state and federal law.
  2. SB 6227 - Concerning the practice of opticianry.
  3. SB 6264 - Licensing dentists.
  4. SB 6280 - Concerning East Asian medicine practitioners.

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

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Higher Education & Workforce Development
1/13/10 3:30 pm
Senate Full Committee
Senate Hearing Rm 3
J.A. Cherberg Building
Olympia, WA

Work Session:
  1. “How Digital, Networked Technologies and Sharing Changes Education” - Cable Green, State Board for Community and Technical Colleges.
  2. Report from Northwest Dollars for Scholars - Selena Allen, Associate Director, Northwest Dollars for Scholars.
  3. Commentary by the Washington Student Association regarding the supplemental budget and financial aid.

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

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Judiciary
1/13/10 3:30 pm
Senate Full Committee
Senate Hearing Rm 1
J.A. Cherberg Building
Olympia, WA

Work Session: Statewide bail procedures survey results presented by the Sentencing Guidelines Commission.

Public Hearing:
SB 6268 - Concerning the administrative procedure act.

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

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Natural Resources, Ocean & Recreation*
1/13/10 8:00 am
Senate Full Committee
Senate Hearing Rm 2
J.A. Cherberg Building
Olympia, WA

REVISED 1/12/2010 8:36 AM

Work Session:
  1. State Parks.
  2. Natural resources agency budget outlook.
  3. Findings and recommendations from marine protected work group.

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

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Transportation*
1/13/10 1:30 pm
Senate Full Committee
Senate Hearing Rm 1
J.A. Cherberg Building
Olympia, WA

REVISED 1/12/2010 9:03 AM

Work Session: Washington State Department of Transportation: “State of Transportation” presentation.

Public Hearing:
  1. SB 6217 - Retroactively applying certain intermediate license law amendments made during the 2009 legislative session. (Hearing will be on the Proposed Substitute.)
  2. SB 6231 - Implementing rules and penalties for drivers when approaching certain emergency, roadside assistance, or police vehicles in emergency zones.
  3. SB 6271 - Concerning annexations by cities and code cities located within the boundaries of a regional transit authority.
  4. SB 6279 - Clarifying regional transit authority facilities as essential public facilities.

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

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Ways & Means*
1/13/10 1:30 pm
Watch on TVWSenate Full Committee
Senate Hearing Rm 4
J.A. Cherberg Building
Olympia, WA

REVISED 1/7/2010 10:36 AM

Work Session: Closure of State Institutional Facilities:
  1. Feasibility study for the closure of state institutional facilities.
    1. Christopher Murray, Christopher Murray & Associates.
    2. Norm Davis, Davis Deshaies, LLC.
  2. Overview of Governor Gregoire’s Proposed 2010 Supplemental Budget related to facility closure.
    1. Adam Aaseby, Office of Financial Management (OFM).
    2. Eric Mandt, OFM.

Public Hearing: Public comment on the feasibility study and Governor’s Proposed Budget.

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