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WA Lege Day 4: Hearings, hearings, hearings

The Legislature is in full hearing mode.

Which is not the same as saying that everyone is in listening mode. But hearings are scheduled throughout the day.

Meanwhile, about 50 folks from the Spokane area continue their peregrination to Olympia to lobby for locally important programs and projects. They got a briefing on the budget and on transportation this morning, a meeting with legislative leaders and the state Treasurer this afternoon, and have a reception at the Governor’s Mansion this evening.

So far, they’re hearing the same thing that everyone else is: The budget is bad, don’t expect anything new. Although Sen. Rodney Tom, a top Democrat on the budget, noted that with Spokane Sen. Lisa Brown as Majority Leader, there’s always some surprises possible.

“I’ll go through a budget and say ‘What’s this thing over in Spokane?’” Tom said.

For a schedule of the Day 4 hearings, Click here to go inside the blog.


Agenda for Thursday, January 14, 2010

House Committees

Agriculture & Natural Resources Capital Budget
Community & Economic Development & Trade Early Learning & Children’s Services
Education Appropriations Finance
Financial Institutions & Insurance Health & Human Services Appropriations
Health Care & Wellness Human Services
Judiciary Local Government & Housing
State Government & Tribal Affairs Technology, Energy & Communications
Transportation Ways & Means

Agriculture & Natural Resources -  01/14/10  8:00 am

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

Public Hearing:  
  1. HB 2470 - Concerning veterinary technician licenses.
  2. HB 2509 - Authorizing the department of natural resources to use certain funds to ensure that firefighting equipment does not spread noxious weeds.
  3. HB 2460 - Regarding organic products.
  4. HB 2461 - Extending to 2015 the assessment levied under RCW 15.36.551 to support the dairy inspection program.
  5. HB 2503 - Regarding membership on the board of natural resources.
  6. HB 2505 - Concerning the regulation of nonindustrial forests.

Executive:  HB 2460 - Regarding organic products.



Committee Meeting Documents
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Capital Budget -  01/14/10  3:30 pm

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

Work Session:  
  1. K-12 energy efficiency and safety and health infrastructure improvements.
  2. Use of America Recovery and Reinvestment Act energy funds.

Executive Session:  HB 2561 - Funding construction of energy cost saving improvements to public facilities.



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Community & Economic Development & Trade* -  01/14/10  10:00 am

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

REVISED 1/8/2010 4:04 PM

Work Session:  Governor’s Office update on the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Public Hearing:  
  1. HB 2641 - Expanding small business development centers.
  2. HB 2577 - Creating community facilities districts.



Committee Meeting Documents
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Early Learning & Children’s Services -  01/14/10  8:00 am

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

Work Session:  Research perspectives on Washington’s Child Welfare System.
  1. Denise Revels Robinson, Department of Social and Health Services.
  2. Mark Courtney, Partners for our Children.




Committee Meeting Documents
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Education Appropriations -  01/14/10  1:30 pm

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

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



Committee Meeting Documents
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Finance* -  01/14/10  8:00 am

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

MEETING CANCELLED.



Finance -  01/14/10  8:00 am

Full Committee
Jt. w/  Health Care & Wellness
House Hearing Rm A
John L. O’Brien Building
Olympia, WA

Public Hearing:  HB 2493 - Concerning the taxation of cigarettes and other tobacco products.



Committee Meeting Documents
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Financial Institutions & Insurance* -  01/14/10  1:30 pm

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

REVISED 1/8/2010 3:21 PM

Public Hearing:  
  1. HB 2512 - Concerning nonresident surplus line brokers and insurance producers.
  2. HB 2564 - Regarding escrow agents.
  3. HB 2585 - Concerning insurance.
  4. HB 2608 - Concerning regulation and licensing of residential mortgage loan servicers and services.
  5. HB 2636 - Concerning money transmitters.

Executive Session:  
  1. HB 1149 - Protecting consumers from breaches of security.
  2. ESHB 1669 - Addressing the deposit of public funds.
  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.
  6. HB 2560 - Regulating joint underwriting associations.



Committee Meeting Documents
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Health & Human Services Appropriations -  01/14/10  1:30 pm

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

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



Committee Meeting Documents
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Health Care & Wellness -  01/14/10  8:00 am

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

Public Hearing:  HB 2493 - Concerning the taxation of cigarettes and other tobacco products.



Committee Meeting Documents
Note: Documents are not available online until the meeting has begun.


Health Care & Wellness* -  01/14/10  9:00 am

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

REVISED 1/8/2010 9:43 AM

Public Hearing:  
  1. HB 2396 - Concerning emergency cardiac and stroke care.
  2. HB 2443 - Conforming the uniform controlled substances act to existing state and federal law.
  3. HB 2454 - Concerning ephedrine, pseudoephedrine, and phenylpropranolamine.



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Human Services* -  01/14/10  10:00 am

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

REVISED 1/8/2010 4:02 PM

Work Session:  Community Service Block Grants: A brief overview.

Public Hearing:  HB 2498 - Funding the care of residents of residential habilitation centers.



Committee Meeting Documents
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Judiciary* -  01/14/10  10:00 am

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

REVISED 1/14/2010 7:59 AM

Possible Executive Session:  
  1. HB 2506 - Making technical corrections to the Revised Code of Washington.
  2. HB 1348 - Concerning professional athletics regulated by the department of licensing.
  3. HB 1755 - Including correctional employees who have completed government-sponsored law enforcement firearms training to the lists of law enforcement personnel that are exempt from certain firearm restrictions.
  4. HB 2226 - Issuing firearms certificates to retired law enforcement officers.
  5. HB 2518 - Modifying oath requirements for interpreters.
  6. HB 2421 - Concerning third-party visitation.
  7. HB 2482 - Recognizing legal unions from other states as state registered domestic partnerships.

Public Hearing:  
  1. HB 2413 - Concerning property used to facilitate a criminal street gang-related offense.
  2. HB 2414 - Authorizing abatement of nuisances involving criminal street gang activity.
  3. HB 2465 - Concerning breath test instruments approved by the state toxicologist.
  4. HB 2466 - Concerning the regulation of ignition interlock devices by the Washington state patrol.



Committee Meeting Documents
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Local Government & Housing* -  01/14/10  10:00 am

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

REVISED 1/8/2010 10:08 AM

Public Hearing:  
  1. HB 2517 - Exempting housing authorities from laws governing the construction, alteration, repair, or improvement of property by other public bodies.
  2. HB 2531 - Concerning vacancies in county offices.

Possible Executive Session:  Bills previously heard in committee.



Committee Meeting Documents
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State Government & Tribal Affairs -  01/14/10  8:00 am

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

Public Hearing:  
  1. HB 2394 - Establishing a government-to-government relationship between state government and Indian tribes.
  2. HB 2403 - Concerning military leave for public employees.
  3. HB 2447 - Prohibiting the public disclosure of public employee photographs.
  4. HB 2450 - Concerning clarification and expansion of eligibility to use the state’s local government investment pool.



Committee Meeting Documents
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Technology, Energy & Communications* -  01/14/10  10:00 am

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

REVISED 1/8/2010 10:17 AM

Work Session:  Briefing on the Northwest Power and Conservation Council’s 6th Northwest Power Plan.

Public Hearing:  HB 2504 - Concerning minimum renewable fuel content requirements.

Possible Executive Session:  Bills previously heard in committee.



Committee Meeting Documents
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Transportation* -  01/14/10  3:30 pm

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

REVISED 1/12/2010 4:40 PM

Work Session:  Joint Transportation Committee update.
  1. Mary Fleckenstein, Coordinator, Joint Transportation Committee.


Public Hearing:  
  1. SHB 1591 - Concerning the use of certain transportation benefit district funds.
  2. HB 2271 - Authorizing state forces to perform work on ferry vessels or terminals when estimated costs are less than one hundred twenty thousand dollars.

Possible Executive Session:  Bills previously heard in committee.



Committee Meeting Documents
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Ways & Means -  01/14/10  3:30 pm

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

Public Hearing:  Health and human services portions of the Governor’s 2010 supplemental operating budget proposal.



Committee Meeting Documents
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Senate Committees

Agriculture & Rural Economic Development Early Learning & K-12 Education
Economic Development, Trade & Innovation Government Operations & Elections
Health & Long-Term Care Human Services & Corrections
Labor, Commerce & Consumer Protection Natural Resources, Ocean & Recreation
Transportation Ways & Means

Agriculture & Rural Economic Development* -  01/14/10  3:30 pm

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

REVISED 1/7/2010 1:33 PM

Work Session:  Electronic Bill Book (EBB) Overview.

Public Hearing:  
  1. SB 6228 - Regarding organic products.
  2. SB 6229 - Extending to 2015 the assessment levied under RCW 15.36.551 to support the dairy inspection program.

Work Session:  Update from State Conservation Commission and report by the Office of Farmland Preservation.

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

Committee Meeting Documents
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Early Learning & K-12 Education* -  01/14/10  10:00 am

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

REVISED 1/13/2010 12:06 PM

Work Session:  
  1. Voluntary Accountability Process: Past, present, and future.
  2. March to Success.

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

Committee Meeting Documents
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Economic Development, Trade & Innovation -  01/14/10  10:00 am

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

Work Session:  
  1. State Auditor’s overview of performance audits.
  2. Performance audit – Department of Commerce User Fees.
  3. Report on exports by rural manufacturers.
  4. Maximizing export assistance in Washington.

Public Hearing:  To be announced.

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

Committee Meeting Documents
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Government Operations & Elections* -  01/14/10  3:30 pm

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

REVISED 1/11/2010 4:35 PM

Work Session:  
  1. Introductions of committee members and staff.
  2. Veterans’ issue update and 2010 legislation overview.
  3. Update on the activities of the Information Technology Work Group.
  4. The Emergency Operation Center.
  5. Agriculture structures fees study update.
  6. Rural land conversion.

Executive Session:  SB 6286 - Concerning the liability and powers of cities and flood control zone districts.

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

Committee Meeting Documents
Note: Documents are not available online until the meeting has begun.


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Health & Long-Term Care* -  01/14/10  10:00 am

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

REVISED 1/13/2010 4:44 PM

Executive Session:  SB 6194 - Simplifying medicaid payment for nursing facilities. (Re-referral without recommendation to Senate Committee on Ways & Means).

Public Hearing:  
  1. SB 5279 - Providing for the safe collection and disposal of unwanted drugs from residential sources through a producer provided and funded product stewardship program. (Hearing is on the Proposed Substitute.)
  2. SCR 8409 - Forming a joint select committee on health reform implementation.

Work Session:  Health technology assessment.

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

Committee Meeting Documents
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Human Services & Corrections -  01/14/10  3:30 pm

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

Work Session:  
  1. Overview of the Electronic Bill Book (EBB):
  2. Review of the Maurice Clemmons case.



Committee Meeting Documents
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Labor, Commerce & Consumer Protection* -  01/14/10  3:30 pm

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

REVISED 1/14/2010 8:09 AM

Public Hearing:  
  1. SB 6239 - Making technical corrections to gender-based terms.
  2. SB 6447 - Exempting pipe tobacco from restrictions on shipping tobacco to consumers in Washington.
  3. SB 6329 - Creating a beer and wine tasting endorsement to the grocery store liquor license.
  4. SB 6333 - Concerning beer and wine tasting at farmers markets.
  5. SB 6204 - Privatizing the sale of liquor.

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

Committee Meeting Documents
Note: Documents are not available online until the meeting has begun.


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Natural Resources, Ocean & Recreation* -  01/14/10  10:00 am

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

REVISED 1/13/2010 2:48 PM

Public Hearing:  
  1. SB 6237 - Adopting policy recommendations developed by the sustainable recreation work group.
  2. SB 6274 - Establishing the Washington state trail interactions work group.

Work Session:  Update on fish and wildlife enforcement issues.

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

Committee Meeting Documents
Note: Documents are not available online until the meeting has begun.


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Transportation* -  01/14/10  1:30 pm

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

REVISED 1/8/2010 8:42 AM

Work Session:  
  1. Joint Legislative Audit and Review Committee (JLARC).
    1. Accepting bankcards at Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT).
    2. WSDOT’s scoping and cost estimating for highway construction projects.
  2. Ferry fuel surcharge proposal.

Public Hearing:  
  1. SB 6205 - Concerning portions of state highways better served by merged districts under certain circumstances.
  2. SB 6209 - Allowing moneys paid to county road funds to be used for park and ride lots.

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

Committee Meeting Documents
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Ways & Means* -  01/14/10  1:30 pm

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

REVISED 1/7/2010 5:30 PM

Work Session:  Overview on Temporary Assistance for Needy Families and child care:
  1. Michael Bezanson, Senate Ways & Means Staff.
  2. Carole Holland, Office of Financial Management.


Public Hearing:  Governor Gregoire’s Supplemental Budget Proposal for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families and child care.

*Please Note: public testimony on all other areas of the Governor’s Supplemental 2010 Budget Proposal will be heard on Monday, January 18, 2010.

Committee Meeting Documents
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