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WA Lege Day 8: Fire and Water?

OLYMPIA — Today’s agenda around the Capitol will be as diverse as fire and water.

State Fire Commissioners have their day of lobbying legislators, and the state Ground Water Association will have equipment on display. It is also Autism Awareness Day and Dairy Day.

Hearings start at 8 a.m., and stretch into the evening, with Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler talking up a consumer protection bill before the House Financial Institutions and Insurance Committee at 6 p.m.

For a full list of committee hearings, go inside the blog.


Legislative Meeting Schedule

Wednesday, January 20, 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 B
Judiciary (H) House Hearing Rm A
Local Government & Housing (H) House Hearing Rm E
Technology, Energy & Communications (H) House Hearing Rm C
10:00 AM SENATE SESSION/CAUCUS
HOUSE SESSION/CAUCUS
12:00 PM Legislative Ethics Board (J) Senate Hearing Rm 3
1:30 PM Transportation (S) Senate Hearing Rm 1
Ways & Means (S) Senate Hearing Rm 4
Commerce & Labor (H) House Hearing Rm B
Education (H) House Hearing Rm A
Environmental Health (H) House Hearing Rm C
Higher Education (H) House Hearing Rm D
Public Safety & Emergency Preparedness (H) House Hearing Rm E
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
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 B

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House Committees


Commerce & Labor*
1/20/10 1:30 pm
House Full Committee
House Hearing Rm B
John L. O’Brien Building
Olympia, WA

REVISED 1/19/2010 12:45 PM

Public Hearing:
  1. HB 2688 - Creating a beer and wine tasting endorsement to the grocery store liquor license.
  2. HB 2642 - Establishing a pilot project to allow wine tasting at farmers markets.
  3. HB 2790 - Making technical and clarifying changes to the liquor laws.
  4. HB 2804 - Concerning beer and caffeinated or stimulant-enhanced malt beverages.
  5. HB 2678 - Modifying distributions of funds by the horse racing commission to nonprofit race meets.
  6. HB 2355 - Clarifying the definition of gambling for the purpose of assisting in the regulation and control of gambling.

Possible Executive Session: HJM 4017 - Requesting that the United States Congress enact the AgJOBS legislation.

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Community & Economic Development & Trade*
1/20/10 8:00 am
House Full Committee
House Hearing Rm B
John L. O’Brien Building
Olympia, WA

REVISED 1/18/2010 11:19 AM

Public Hearing:
  1. HB 2632 - Expanding the number of households living in the middle-income bracket.
  2. HB 2658 - Refocusing the department of commerce, including transferring programs.
  3. HB 2557 - Correcting references regarding the department of commerce.

Executive Session:
  1. HB 2420 - Promoting industries that rely on the state’s working land base.
  2. HB 2641 - Expanding small business development centers.

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Education*
1/20/10 1:30 pm
House Full Committee
House Hearing Rm A
John L. O’Brien Building
Olympia, WA

REVISED 1/15/2010 10:38 AM

Work Session: Update on K-12 STEM Activities in Washington-Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction.

Public Hearing:
  1. HB 2621 - Designating resource programs for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics instruction in K-12 schools.
  2. HB 2654 - Providing for elementary math specialists.

Work Session: Boosting the Supply and Effectiveness of Washington’s STEM Teachers-Partnership for Learning and The New Teacher Project.

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Education Appropriations
1/20/10 6:00 pm
House Full Committee
House Hearing Rm A
John L. O’Brien Building
Olympia, WA

Work Session: Levy Equalization.

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Environmental Health*
1/20/10 1:30 pm
House Full Committee
House Hearing Rm C
John L. O’Brien Building
Olympia, WA

REVISED 1/15/2010 7:18 AM

Public Hearing:
  1. HB 2914 - Reducing the release of mercury into the environment.
  2. HB 2745 - Concerning compliance with the environmental protection agency’s renovation, repair, and painting rule in the lead-based paint program.

Possible Executive Session:
  1. HB 1998 - Concerning public water systems.
  2. HB 2459 - Updating hazardous waste fee provisions.

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Financial Institutions & Insurance*
1/20/10 6:00 pm
House Full Committee
House Hearing Rm B
John L. O’Brien Building
Olympia, WA

REVISED 1/19/2010 4:15 PM

Public Hearing:
HB 2513 - Using credit history, education, and income for insurance purposes.

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Higher Education*
1/20/10 1:30 pm
House Full Committee
House Hearing Rm D
John L. O’Brien Building
Olympia, WA

REVISED 1/18/2010 1:53 PM

Public Hearing:
  1. HB 2751 - Requiring that at least one member on each community college board of trustees be from labor.
  2. HB 2638 - Regarding instructional materials provided in a specialized format.
  3. HB 2684 - Establishing opportunity centers at community colleges.
  4. HB 2694 - Regarding a bachelor of science in nursing program at the University Center.

Executive Session: HB 2630 - Creating the opportunity express program.

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Judiciary
1/20/10 8:00 am
House Full Committee
House Hearing Rm A
John L. O’Brien Building
Olympia, WA

Public Hearing:
  1. HB 2576 - Restructuring fees for the division of corporations and affirming authority to establish fees for the charities program of the office of the secretary of state.
  2. HB 2657 - Addressing the dissolution of limited liability companies.
  3. HB 2623 - Regulating the foreclosure of residential real property.
  4. HB 1908 - Modifying the manufactured/mobile home landlord-tenant act.
  5. HB 2662 - Conforming certain manufactured/mobile home dispute resolution program definitions with certain manufactured/mobile home landlord-tenant act definitions.

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Local Government & Housing*
1/20/10 8:00 am
House Full Committee
House Hearing Rm E
John L. O’Brien Building
Olympia, WA

REVISED 1/14/2010 4:19 PM

Public Hearing:
  1. HB 2707 - Concerning the method of calculating public utility district commissioner compensation.
  2. HB 2611 - Concerning annexation of a city, partial city, or town to a fire protection district.
  3. HB 2750 - Addressing public utility districts and deferred compensation and supplemental savings plans.

Possible Executive Session: Bills previously heard in committee.

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Public Safety & Emergency Preparedness*
1/20/10 1:30 pm
House Full Committee
House Hearing Rm E
John L. O’Brien Building
Olympia, WA

REVISED 1/16/2010 2:52 PM

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.

Work Session: Briefing from the Washington Auto Theft Prevention Authority.

Public Hearing:
  1. HB 2389 - Concerning forensic investigations.
  2. HB 2422 - Changing escape or disappearance notification requirements.
  3. HB 2426 - Expanding provisions relating to vulnerable adults.
  4. HB 2487 - Increasing costs for administering a deferred prosecution.
  5. HB 2595 - Imposing a sentence outside the standard sentence range for defendants who intercept police communication as a means to facilitate the crime.
  6. HB 2571 - Changing the definition of predatory.
  7. HB 2640 - Addressing benefits for mental health services under the crime victims’ compensation program.

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Technology, Energy & Communications*
1/20/10 8:00 am
House Full Committee
House Hearing Rm C
John L. O’Brien Building
Olympia, WA

REVISED 1/15/2010 1:15 PM

Public Hearing:
  1. HB 2600 - Concerning the provision of telecommunications services to public utility districts and rural port districts.
  2. HB 2417 - Creating a public utility tax for the sale of certain renewable energy credits.
  3. HB 2661 - Regarding the Washington State University extension energy program’s plant operations support program.
  4. HB 2738 - Defining “biomass energy” for the purposes of chapter 19.285 RCW, the energy independence act.
  5. HB 2784 - Concerning baseload renewable power facilities.

Possible Executive Session:
  1. HB 2481 - Authorizing the department of natural resources to enter into forest biomass supply agreements.
  2. HB 2471 - Concerning net metering of electricity.

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Transportation
1/20/10 3:30 pm
House Full Committee
House Hearing Rm B
John L. O’Brien Building
Olympia, WA

Public Hearing:
HB 2618 - Concerning the regulation and preservation of urban streets through a local option street maintenance utility and allowing the imposition of a charge.

Work Session: 2009 State Route 520 Legislative Working Group Report.
Barbara Gilliland, Planning Manager, Parsons Brinckerhoff.


Executive Session: Bills previously heard in committee.

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Ways & Means*
1/20/10 3:30 pm
House Full Committee
House Hearing Rm A
John L. O’Brien Building
Olympia, WA

REVISED 1/15/2010 11:26 AM

Possible Executive Session:
  1. HB 1541 - Granting half-time service credit for half-time educational employment prior to January 1, 1987, in plans 2 and 3 of the school employees’ retirement system and the public employees’ retirement system.
  2. HB 2519 - Addressing duty-related death benefits for public safety employees.
  3. HB 2921 - Capturing additional savings.

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Senate Committees


Early Learning & K-12 Education*
1/20/10 8:00 am
Senate Full Committee
Senate Hearing Rm 1
J.A. Cherberg Building
Olympia, WA

REVISED 1/15/2010 11:55 AM

Work Session: The New Teacher Project: Boosting the Supply and Effectiveness of Washington’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Teacher’s Report.

Public Hearing:
  1. SGA 9203 - Bette Hyde, Member, Washington State Department of Early Learning.
  2. SB 6491 - Transferring the state school for the blind and the state center for childhood deafness and hearing loss to the office of the superintendent of public instruction.
  3. SB 6466 - Authorizing advertising on school buses.

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

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Economic Development, Trade & Innovation*
1/20/10 8:00 am
Senate Full Committee
Senate Hearing Rm 3
J.A. Cherberg Building
Olympia, WA

REVISED 1/19/2010 1:36 PM

Work Session: Motion Picture Competitiveness Program.

Public Hearing:
  1. SB 6241 - Creating community facilities districts.
  2. SB 6609 - Concerning infrastructure financing for local governments.

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

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Environment, Water & Energy*
1/20/10 3:30 pm
Senate Full Committee
Senate Hearing Rm 4
J.A. Cherberg Building
Olympia, WA

REVISED 1/19/2010 2:01 PM

Public Hearing:
  1. SB 6283 - Regarding the Washington State University extension energy program’s plant operations support program.
  2. SB 6421 - Modifying the department of commerce’s duties with respect to the state’s energy strategy.
  3. SB 6244 - Defining a green home and an energy efficient home (Hearing is on the Proposed Substitute).
    The Proposed Substitute bill is available from staff, please call or email to receive more information.
  4. SB 6635 - Concerning the appraisal of green buildings.

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

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Financial Institutions, Housing & Insurance*
1/20/10 3:30 pm
Senate Full Committee
Senate Hearing Rm 2
J.A. Cherberg Building
Olympia, WA

REVISED 1/14/2010 4:04 PM

Public Hearing:
  1. SB 6406 - Concerning regulation and licensing of residential mortgage loan servicers and services.
  2. SB 6369 - Addressing credit union regulatory enforcement powers.
  3. SB 6370 - Regulating state-chartered commercial banks, trust companies, savings banks, and their holding companies.
  4. SB 6371 - Concerning money transmitters.
  5. SB 6405 - Regarding escrow agents.

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

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Health & Long-Term Care*
1/20/10 8:00 am
Watch on TVWSenate Full Committee
Senate Hearing Rm 4
J.A. Cherberg Building
Olympia, WA

REVISED 1/18/2010 4:39 PM

Work Session: Medication therapy management.

Public Hearing:
  1. SB 6247 - Reporting adverse health events.
  2. SB 6265 - Concerning hospital surveys or audits.
  3. SB 6318 - Concerning hospitals reporting violent injuries.
  4. SB 6305 - Establishing the prescriber education program.

Executive Session:
  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 6264 - Licensing dentists.
  4. SB 6224 - Conforming the uniform controlled substances act to existing state and federal law.
  5. SB 6227 - Concerning the practice of opticianry.

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

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Higher Education & Workforce Development*
1/20/10 3:30 pm
Watch on TVWSenate Full Committee
Senate Hearing Rm 3
J.A. Cherberg Building
Olympia, WA

REVISED 1/18/2010 4:59 PM

Public Hearing:
  1. SB 6276 - Granting the University of Washington tuition-setting authority.
  2. SB 6562 - Regarding tuition-setting authority at institutions of higher education.
  3. SB 6509 - Modifying the budget recommendations developed by the higher education coordinating board to include recommendations on tuition and fees.
  4. SB 6625 - Changing higher education tuition and financial aid provisions.

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

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Judiciary*
1/20/10 3:30 pm
Senate Full Committee
Senate Hearing Rm 1
J.A. Cherberg Building
Olympia, WA

REVISED 1/15/2010 5:00 PM

Public Hearing:
  1. SB 6450 - Requiring the department of licensing to establish continuing education requirements for court reporters.
  2. SB 6293 - Changing provisions relating to rendering criminal assistance in the first degree.
  3. SB 6432 - Creating the Washington enhanced intelligence act.

Executive Session:
  1. SB 6395 - Addressing lawsuits aimed at chilling the valid exercise of the constitutional rights of speech and petition.
  2. 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*
1/20/10 8:00 am
Senate Full Committee
Senate Hearing Rm 2
J.A. Cherberg Building
Olympia, WA

REVISED 1/19/2010 3:25 PM

Work Session:
  1. Capitol lake New Zealand mud snail.
  2. Ballast water update.

Public Hearing:
  1. SB 6386 - Concerning the disposal of dredged riverbed materials from the Mount St. Helen’s eruption.
  2. SB 6448 - Concerning permitting of hydraulic projects.

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

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Transportation
1/20/10 1:30 pm
Senate Full Committee
Senate Hearing Rm 1
J.A. Cherberg Building
Olympia, WA

Work Session:
  1. Biodiesel report.
  2. DOT emergency response practices.

Public Hearing:
  1. SB 6346 - Expanding the use of certain electric vehicles.
  2. SB 5548 - Requiring project improvements, including public transportation infrastructure improvements, to be credited against the imposition of impact fees.
  3. SB 6377 - Imposing an additional licensing fee on electric vehicles.

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

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Ways & Means*
1/20/10 1:30 pm
Watch on TVWSenate Full Committee
Senate Hearing Rm 4
J.A. Cherberg Building
Olympia, WA

REVISED 1/15/2010 10:23 AM

Work Session: Overview of the Capital Budget.

Possible executive session on bills previously heard.

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Joint, Select & Other Committees


Legislative Ethics Board
1/20/10 12:00 pm
Full Committee
(360)786-7540
Senate Hearing Rm 3
J.A. Cherberg Building
Olympia, WA

Agenda:
  1. Work Session:
    1. Approval of December minutes.
    2. Election of officers by citizen board members.
  2. Public Hearing:
    1. Recess.
    2. Executive (non-public) session: quasi-judicial matters related to pending complaint and preliminary to determination of reasonable cause. Estimated time to be announced.
    3. Resume Public Hearing.
    4. Counsel’s report: Personal Financial Affairs Statement; Employment disclosure filing; Update - campaign staff training issue; Draft 2010 Ethics Alert.
    5. Tim Sekerak – House Counsel – further efforts toward compliance with RCW 42.52.185(1)c.
    6. Informal advice: (gifts to legislators; use of facilities of an agency by session employee on leave from regular employment).
    7. Public comment.
    8. Any/other unfinished business - adjourn.


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