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WA Lege Day 6: Not a holiday

The Legislature does not have the day off for Martin Luther King’s Birthday. It’s in session today, and has a full complement of hearings.

But people who have the day off use this day to lobby the Legislature, either by visiting their favorite senator or representatives in their offices or demonstrating around the Capitol.

This it is not just MLK Day here, but also Washington State PTA Legislative Focus Day and  SEIU Local 925 Lobby Day. Their are demonstrations by state Muslims as well as substance and violence prevention advocates.

There’s a march by the Statewide Poverty Action group in honor of King, called the People’s March and Summit. The Evergreen Freedom Foundation is also having an Education Rally.

Gov. Chris Gregoire is announcing her education package this morning, also.

For a copy of the meeting schedule, Click Here to go inside the blog.


Monday, January 18, 2010
Time Committee Location
9:00 AM Pension Policy, Select Committee (J) Senate Hearing Rm 4
10:00 AM HOUSE SESSION

Agriculture & Rural Economic Development (S) Senate Hearing Rm 3

Government Operations & Elections (S) Senate Hearing Rm 2

Labor, Commerce & Consumer Protection (S) Senate Hearing Rm 4
12:00 PM PRO FORMA SENATE SESSION
1:30 PM 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
3:30 PM Transportation (S) Senate Hearing Rm 1

Ways & Means (S) Senate Hearing Rm 4

Transportation (H) House Hearing Rm B

Ways & Means (H) House Hearing Rm A
6:00 PM Public Safety & Emergency Preparedness (H) House Hearing Rm A

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House Committees


Community & Economic Development & Trade*
1/18/10 1:30 pm
House Full Committee
House Hearing Rm C
John L. O’Brien Building
Olympia, WA

REVISED 1/14/2010 1:32 PM

Work Session:
  1. Washington STARS - Innovation Research Teams.
  2. Technology Transfer - University of Washington and Washington State University.
  3. Entrepreneur-in-Residence Programs - University of Washington and Washington State University.

Public Hearing:
HB 2683 - Changing provisions relating to the economic development commission.

Possible Executive Session: Bills previously heard in committee.

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Human Services
1/18/10 1:30 pm
House Full Committee
House Hearing Rm D
John L. O’Brien Building
Olympia, WA

Public Hearing:
  1. HB 2624 - Suspending the interstate compact for adult offender supervision.
  2. HB 2747 - Limiting the use of restraints on pregnant women or youth.

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Judiciary
1/18/10 1:30 pm
House Full Committee
House Hearing Rm A
John L. O’Brien Building
Olympia, WA

Public Hearing:
  1. HB 2793 - Clarifying and expanding the rights and obligations of state registered domestic partners and other couples related to parentage.
  2. HB 2722 - Concerning persons appointed by the court to provide information in family law and adoption cases.
  3. HB 2778 - Concerning domestic violence.
  4. HB 2627 - Concerning child support order summary report forms.

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Local Government & Housing
1/18/10 1:30 pm
House Full Committee
House Hearing Rm E
John L. O’Brien Building
Olympia, WA

Public Hearing:
  1. HB 2549 - Concerning providing firefighting services to areas outside a fire protection jurisdiction.
  2. HB 2563 - Authorizing port districts to participate in community-based activities to provide shelter or housing for certain populations.
  3. HB 2566 - Creating an exemption from impact fees for low-income housing.
  4. HB 2740 - Regarding the definition of land use decision in the land use petition act.
  5. HB 2748 - Concerning dues paid to the Washington public ports association by port districts.

Possible Executive Session: Bills previously heard in committee.

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Public Safety & Emergency Preparedness
1/18/10 6:00 pm
Watch on TVWHouse Full Committee
House Hearing Rm A
John L. O’Brien Building
Olympia, WA

Work Session: Overview of the Lakewood Police Department and Maurice Clemmons Case.
  1. Introduction and explanation of process.
  2. Governor Christine Gregoire.
  3. Families of Lakewood Police Officers.
  4. Lakewood Police Representatives.
  5. Sentencing Guidelines Commission.
  6. Department of Corrections.
  7. Judiciary- Representative of the courts behalf.
  8. Pierce County Officials - Overview of Investigation.
  9. Washington Association of Prosecuting Attorneys.
  10. Washington Council of Police & Sheriffs.
  11. Corrections Officers Association.
  12. Bail Bonds Industry.
  13. Washington Public Defenders Association.
  14. Washington Association of Sheriffs & Police Chiefs (WASPC).
  15. Closing remarks.


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Technology, Energy & Communications*
1/18/10 1:30 pm
Watch on TVWHouse Full Committee
House Hearing Rm B
John L. O’Brien Building
Olympia, WA

REVISED 1/15/2010 12:59 PM

Public Hearing:
  1. HB 2515 - Regarding biodiesel fuel labeling requirements.
  2. HB 2516 - Regarding the siting of small alternative energy facilities.
  3. HB 2527 - Regarding the energy facility site evaluation council.
  4. HB 2416 - Establishing energy efficiency standards for consumer products.
  5. HB 2590 - Authorizing a system benefits charge to foster sustainable energy resources and smart energy technologies.

Possible Executive Session: HB 2537 - Concerning incentives for solar energy systems.

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Transportation*
1/18/10 3:30 pm
Watch on TVWHouse Full Committee
House Hearing Rm B
John L. O’Brien Building
Olympia, WA

REVISED 1/14/2010 3:10 PM

Work Session: Washington State 2010-2030 Freight Rail Plan - presentation by Scott Witt, DOT Freight Systems Division.

Public Hearing:
  1. HB 2592 - Prohibiting incentive towing programs for private property impounds.
  2. HB 2528 - Retroactively applying certain intermediate license law amendments made during the 2009 legislative session.
  3. HB 2635 - Addressing the use of wireless communications devices while driving.
  4. HB 2721 - Concerning commute trip reduction programs.

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Ways & Means
1/18/10 3:30 pm
House Full Committee
House Hearing Rm A
John L. O’Brien Building
Olympia, WA

Public Hearing: Natural resources and general government portions of the Governor’s 2010 supplemental operating budget.

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Senate Committees


Agriculture & Rural Economic Development*
1/18/10 10:00 am
Senate Full Committee
Senate Hearing Rm 3
J.A. Cherberg Building
Olympia, WA

REVISED 1/15/2010 8:20 AM

Public Hearing:
  1. SB 6335 - Concerning a property tax exemption for church property used by a nonprofit organization conducting activities related to a farmers market.
  2. SB 6210 - Regarding the preservation and conservation of agricultural resource lands.
  3. SB 6521 - Requiring state agencies to use an agriculture impact statement.

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

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Early Learning & K-12 Education
1/18/10 1:30 pm
Watch on TVWSenate Full Committee
Senate Hearing Rm 1
J.A. Cherberg Building
Olympia, WA

Work Session:
  1. Leadership Academy.
  2. Race to the Top:
    1. Randy Dorn, Superintendent of Public Instruction.
    2. Judy Hartmann, Executive Policy Advisor, Office of the Governor.
    3. Mary Jean Ryan, Chair, State Board of Education.

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

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Economic Development, Trade & Innovation
1/18/10 1:30 pm
Senate Full Committee
Senate Hearing Rm 3
J.A. Cherberg Building
Olympia, WA

Work Session:
  1. The Aerospace Industry in Washington.
  2. Washington STARS – Innovation Research Teams.

Public Hearing: Extending the reduced Business and Occupation tax rate for federal aviation regulation part 145 certificated repair stations [S-3272.3].

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

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Government Operations & Elections
1/18/10 10:00 am
Senate Full Committee
Senate Hearing Rm 2
J.A. Cherberg Building
Olympia, WA

Public Hearing:
  1. SB 6191 - Concerning the joint legislative audit and review committee.
  2. SB 6196 - Concerning military leave for public employees.
  3. SB 6214 - Restructuring three growth management hearings boards into one board.
  4. SB 6216 - Concerning the disclosure of existing property tax levies on ballot propositions subject to voter approval for levy lid lifts.
  5. SB 6238 - Concerning overseas and service voters.
  6. SB 6243 - Eliminating provisions for filings at locations other than the public disclosure commission.
  7. SGA 9211 - Lorraine Lee, Member, Office of Administrative Hearings.
  8. SGA 9234 - Donald B Sehlin, Member, Public Disclosure Commission.
  9. SGA 9246 - Tony Tortorice, Member, Department of Information Services.

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

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Health & Long-Term Care*
1/18/10 1:30 pm
Senate Full Committee
Senate Hearing Rm 4
J.A. Cherberg Building
Olympia, WA

REVISED 1/15/2010 2:52 PM

Public Hearing:
  1. SB 6297 - Regarding certification of speech-language pathology assistants.
  2. SB 6273 - Concerning insurance coverage of the sales tax for prescribed durable medical equipment and mobility enhancing equipment.
  3. SB 6224 - Conforming the uniform controlled substances act to existing state and federal law.
  4. SB 6227 - Concerning the practice of opticianry.
  5. SB 6264 - Licensing dentists.
  6. SB 6280 - Concerning East Asian medicine practitioners.

Executive Session: SB 6423 - Concerning residential habilitation services.

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

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Labor, Commerce & Consumer Protection*
1/18/10 10:00 am
Senate Full Committee
Senate Hearing Rm 4
J.A. Cherberg Building
Olympia, WA

REVISED 1/15/2010 11:56 AM

Public Hearing:
  1. SB 5046 - Placing symphony orchestras, operas, and performing arts theaters under the jurisdiction of the public employment relations commission for purposes of collective bargaining. (Hearing is on the Proposed Substitute.)
  2. SB 6290 - Addressing collective bargaining for certain employees of institutions of higher education and related boards.
  3. SB 6351 - Allowing internet registration for second chance drawings of nonwinning tickets.
  4. SB 6393 - Modifying distributions of funds by the horse racing commission to nonprofit race meets.

Executive Session:
  1. SB 6239 - Making technical corrections to gender-based terms.
  2. SB 6329 - Creating a beer and wine tasting endorsement to the grocery store liquor license.
  3. SB 6333 - Concerning beer and wine tasting at farmers markets.

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

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Natural Resources, Ocean & Recreation
1/18/10 1:30 pm
Senate Full Committee
Senate Hearing Rm 2
J.A. Cherberg Building
Olympia, WA

Work Session: Northwest coastal bird die off.

Public Hearing:
  1. SB 6325 - Regarding the institute of forest resources.
  2. SJM 8017 - Requesting that the restoration of sustainable, healthy forests be a national priority.
  3. SB 6256 - Maintaining a base of forest lands that may be used for commercial forestry.

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

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Transportation
1/18/10 3:30 pm
Senate Full Committee
Senate Hearing Rm 1
J.A. Cherberg Building
Olympia, WA

Public Hearing:
  1. SB 6345 - Addressing the use of wireless communications devices while driving.
  2. SB 6380 - Concerning the purchase of wetland mitigation bank credits by the department of transportation.
  3. SB 6356 - Limiting access to law enforcement and emergency equipment and vehicles.

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

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Ways & Means
1/18/10 3:30 pm
Watch on TVWSenate Full Committee
Senate Hearing Rm 4
J.A. Cherberg Building
Olympia, WA

Public Hearing: Governor Gregoire’s 2010 Supplemental Proposed Budget.

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Joint, Select & Other Committees


Pension Policy, Select Committee
1/18/10 9:00 am
Full Committee
(360)786-6142
Senate Hearing Rm 4
J.A. Cherberg Building
Olympia, WA

Agenda:
  1. Approval of Minutes.
  2. Public Hearing/Possible Executive Action:
    Survivor Benefits for Duty-Related Deaths: $150,000 Death Benefit; LEOFF 2 Board Proposal.

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