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WA Lege Day 16: Jobs, guns, environmentalists and contractors

OLYMPIA — Senate Democrats announce their “jobs” program this afternoon, which will lay out how they plan to help the state out of the recession.

Landscape professionals, who may  have some concerns about bans on phosphorus in lawn fertilizer, are lobbying legislators; so are state troopers. An enviornmental group, People for Puget Sound, has a demonstration on the Capitol steps at noon, anld the Construction Industry Council is here in the evening.

It’s also Indian Welfare Awareness Day.

There’s a range of hearings all day, including one at 10 a.m. on a Senate proposal to ban assault weapons, a 3:30 p.m. hearing on plans to make state employees take unpaid days off or for a wage freeze for some workers.

For a complete list of hearings, click here to go inside the blog.


Legislative Meeting Schedule

Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Time Committee Location
8:00 AM 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
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

Judiciary (S) Senate Hearing Rm 1

Commerce & Labor (H) House Hearing Rm C

Ecology & Parks (H) House Hearing Rm B

Education (H) House Hearing Rm A

Higher Education (H) House Hearing Rm D

Public Safety & Emergency Preparedness (H) House Hearing Rm E
12:00 PM PRO FORMA SENATE SESSION
1:30 PM Agriculture & Rural Economic Development (S) Senate Hearing Rm 3

Government Operations & Elections (S) Senate Hearing Rm 2

Human Services & Corrections (S) Senate Hearing Rm 1

Labor, Commerce & Consumer Protection (S) Senate Hearing Rm 4

Agriculture & Natural Resources (H) House Hearing Rm B

Early Learning & Children’s Services (H) House Hearing Rm E

Finance (H) House Hearing Rm C

Health Care & Wellness (H) House Hearing Rm A

State Government & Tribal Affairs (H) House Hearing Rm D
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

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House Committees


Agriculture & Natural Resources*
1/26/10 1:30 pm
House Full Committee
House Hearing Rm B
John L. O’Brien Building
Olympia, WA

REVISED 1/25/2010 9:34 AM

Public Hearing:
  1. HB 2881 - Concerning the sale of surplus salmon from state hatcheries.
  2. HB 2934 - Prohibiting the department of fish and wildlife from paying more than the appraised value for any real estate purchase.
  3. HB 2940 - Authorizing the implementation of a deleterious feral animal management plan.
  4. HB 3052 - Allocating an equal amount of time to gill net gear and purse seine gear to harvest salmon in Puget Sound.

Possible Executive Session:
  1. HB 2569 - Regarding access to information for outdoor recreation and wildlife viewing opportunities.
  2. HB 2593 - Concerning the department of fish and wildlife’s ability to manage shellfish resources.
  3. HB 2491 - Requiring certain state agencies that manage natural resources to coordinate their land management with local governments.
  4. HB 2501 - Regarding payments in lieu of taxes for lands managed by the department of fish and wildlife.
  5. HB 2509 - Authorizing the department of natural resources to use certain funds to ensure that firefighting equipment does not spread noxious weeds.

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Commerce & Labor*
1/26/10 10:00 am
Watch on TVWHouse Full Committee
House Hearing Rm C
John L. O’Brien Building
Olympia, WA

REVISED 1/25/2010 2:17 PM

Public Hearing:
  1. HB 2743 - Addressing collective bargaining for certain employees of institutions of higher education and related boards.
  2. HB 2584 - Regarding the scope of collective bargaining for nontenured faculty at community and technical colleges.
  3. HB 3003 - Placing symphony musicians under the jurisdiction of the public employment relations commission for purposes of collective bargaining.
  4. HB 3062 - Making the governor the public employer of language access providers.
  5. HB 2805 - Regarding public works involving off-site prefabrication.
  6. HB 3024 - Providing uninterrupted meal and rest breaks for hospital employees.

Possible Executive Session:
  1. HB 1634 - Regarding architects.
  2. HB 2642 - Establishing a pilot project to allow wine tasting at farmers markets.
  3. HB 2688 - Creating a beer and wine tasting endorsement to the grocery store liquor license.
  4. HB 2790 - Making technical and clarifying changes to the liquor laws.
  5. Other bills previously heard in committee.

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Early Learning & Children’s Services*
1/26/10 1:30 pm
House Full Committee
House Hearing Rm E
John L. O’Brien Building
Olympia, WA

REVISED 1/25/2010 4:29 PM

Public Hearing:
  1. HB 2752 - Modifying provisions relating to providing shelter to a minor.
  2. HB 2729 - Increasing the period of confinement available for contempt of court.

Possible Executive Session:
  1. HB 2596 - Defining child advocacy centers for the multidisciplinary investigation of child abuse and implementation of county protocols.
  2. HB 2629 - Updating provisions related to adoption petitions.
  3. Bills previously heard in committee.

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Ecology & Parks*
1/26/10 10:00 am
House Full Committee
House Hearing Rm B
John L. O’Brien Building
Olympia, WA

REVISED 1/25/2010 2:11 PM

Work Session: Federal update on greenhouse gas legislation from Senator Cantwell’s office.

Public Hearing:
  1. HB 2839 - Concerning the implementation of the national pollutant discharge elimination system municipal separate storm sewer systems permit.
  2. HB 2964 - Concerning oil spill contingency plan requirements.
  3. HB 3105 - Allowing the director of financial management to include alternative fuel vehicles in a strategy to reduce fuel consumption and emissions from state agency fleets.

Possible Executive Session: Bills previously heard in committee.

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Education*
1/26/10 10:00 am
House Full Committee
House Hearing Rm A
John L. O’Brien Building
Olympia, WA

REVISED 1/25/2010 1:25 PM

Public Hearing:
  1. HB 2915 - Regarding mathematics and science high school graduation requirements.
  2. HB 2852 - Concerning college-level online learning by high school students.
  3. HB 2904 - Concerning the powers and duties of the office of the education ombudsman.
  4. HB 2913 - Authorizing innovative interdistrict cooperative high school programs.
  5. HB 3025 - Establishing an alternative route to a high school diploma.
  6. HB 2996 - Including approved private schools in the superintendent of public instruction’s record check information rules.

Possible Executive Session:
  1. SHB 1418 - Establishing a statewide dropout reengagement system.
  2. HB 2621 - Designating resource programs for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics instruction in K-12 schools.
  3. HB 2801 - Regarding antiharassment strategies in public schools.

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Education Appropriations
1/26/10 8:00 am
House Full Committee
House Hearing Rm A
John L. O’Brien Building
Olympia, WA

Work Session: Review of the Quality Education Council Report and Recommendations.

Public Hearing:
  1. HB 2759 - Adjusting local school finance related to nonresident students enrolled in online learning.
  2. HB 2893 - Changing school levy provisions.
  3. HB 2776 - Regarding funding distribution formulas for K-12 education.
  4. HB 2840 - Examining levy-funded employee-related costs.
  5. HB 2746 - Concerning a comprehensive K-12 education policy.

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Finance*
1/26/10 1:30 pm
House Full Committee
House Hearing Rm C
John L. O’Brien Building
Olympia, WA

REVISED 1/21/2010 4:32 PM

Public Hearing:
HB 2672 - Concerning tax relief for aluminum smelters.

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Financial Institutions & Insurance*
1/26/10 8:00 am
Watch on TVWHouse Full Committee
House Hearing Rm D
John L. O’Brien Building
Olympia, WA

REVISED 1/22/2010 9:36 AM

Public Hearing:
  1. HB 3010 - Conducting performance audits of state investment board investment services contracts.
  2. HB 3032 - Defining normal wear and tear for a motor vehicle for the purpose of a service contract.
  3. HB 3060 - Modifying surplus line coverage provisions.

Possible Executive Session:
  1. HB 2513 - Using credit history, education, and income for insurance purposes.
  2. HB 2514 - Regulating crop adjusters.
  3. HB 2560 - Regulating joint underwriting associations.
  4. HB 2830 - Addressing credit union regulatory enforcement powers.
  5. HB 2831 - Regulating state-chartered commercial banks, trust companies, savings banks, and their holding companies.
  6. HB 3032 - Defining normal wear and tear for a motor vehicle for the purpose of a service contract.

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General Government Appropriations
1/26/10 8:00 am
House Full Committee
House Hearing Rm C
John L. O’Brien Building
Olympia, WA

Public Hearing:
  1. HB 1096 - Enhancing small business participation in state purchasing.
  2. HB 1436 - Regarding electronic filing of lobbying reports.
  3. HB 2460 - Regarding organic products.
  4. HB 2863 - Transferring emergency food assistance programs to the department of agriculture.
  5. HB 2880 - Eliminating the building code council account.
  6. HB 2902 - Transferring the combined fund drive from the department of personnel to the secretary of state.

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Health & Human Services Appropriations
1/26/10 8:00 am
House Full Committee
House Hearing Rm B
John L. O’Brien Building
Olympia, WA

Work Session: Effects of budget reductions and proposed reductions on the mental health system and alcohol and substance abuse programs in the 2009-11 biennium.

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Health Care & Wellness
1/26/10 1:30 pm
Watch on TVWHouse Full Committee
House Hearing Rm A
John L. O’Brien Building
Olympia, WA

Public Hearing:
  1. HB 2828 - Requiring hospitals to report certain health care data.
  2. HB 2829 - Authorizing a privately funded prescription monitoring program.
  3. HB 2888 - Concerning continuing education for pharmacy technicians.
  4. HB 2961 - Establishing a statewide electronic tracking system for the nonprescription sales of ephedrine, pseudoephedrine, and phenylpropanolamine.
  5. HB 2989 - Concerning respiratory care practitioners.
  6. HB 3006 - Clarifying the circumstances under which certain counseling-related associates may practice.

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Higher Education*
1/26/10 10:00 am
House Full Committee
House Hearing Rm D
John L. O’Brien Building
Olympia, WA

REVISED 1/22/2010 11:20 AM

Public Hearing:
  1. HB 2930 - Expanding the pool of qualified teachers.
  2. HB 1949 - Appointing student members on the board of trustees for community colleges.
  3. HB 2973 - Creating resident student classifications for certain members of the military and their spouses and dependents.
  4. HB 2979 - Regarding higher education performance agreements.

Possible Executive Session: Bills previously heard in committee.

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Public Safety & Emergency Preparedness*
1/26/10 10:00 am
House Full Committee
House Hearing Rm E
John L. O’Brien Building
Olympia, WA

REVISED 1/21/2010 10:58 AM

Public Hearing:
  1. HB 1072 - Prohibiting certain sex offenders on community custody from accessing the internet.
  2. HB 2619 - Requiring the use of electronic signaling devices in certain conditions.
  3. HB 2777 - Modifying domestic violence provisions.
  4. HB 2787 - Addressing Green river emergency flooding preparedness and response.
  5. HB 3056 - Concerning pretrial release or detention.

Executive Session:
  1. HB 2787 - Addressing Green river emergency flooding preparedness and response.
  2. HB 3056 - Concerning pretrial release or detention.

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State Government & Tribal Affairs*
1/26/10 1:30 pm
House Full Committee
House Hearing Rm D
John L. O’Brien Building
Olympia, WA

REVISED 1/25/2010 1:09 PM

Public Hearing:
  1. HB 2016 - Concerning campaign contribution and disclosure laws.
  2. HB 2699 - Regarding an annual assessment and performance grading program.
  3. HB 2736 - Establishing the office of open records.
  4. HB 2810 - Establishing a legislative rule-making accountability committee.
  5. HB 2994 - Prohibiting public service announcements by elected officials during reelection campaigns.
  6. HB 3031 - Regarding costs of public records requests.

Possible Executive Session:
  1. HB 2448 - Changing the definition of “immediate family” for purpose of membership on the Washington citizens’ commission on salaries for elected officials.
  2. HB 2582 - Allowing agencies to direct requesters to their web site for public records.
  3. HB 2603 - Requiring agencies to give small businesses an opportunity to comply with a state law or agency rule before imposing a penalty.
  4. HB 2617 - Eliminating certain boards and commissions.
  5. HB 2675 - Concerning an alternative process for selecting an electrical contractor or a mechanical contractor, or both, for general contractor/construction manager projects.
  6. HB 2704 - Transferring the Washington main street program to the department of archaeology and historic preservation.
  7. Bills previously heard in committee.

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Transportation*
1/26/10 3:30 pm
House Full Committee
House Hearing Rm B
John L. O’Brien Building
Olympia, WA

REVISED 1/22/2010 12:55 PM

Public Hearing:
  1. HB 2791 - Concerning driving-related penalties.
  2. HB 2918 - Removing state route number 908 from the state highway system.
  3. HB 2937 - Modifying the transportation system policy goals to include economic vitality.
  4. HB 2716 - Providing a right of first repurchase for surplus transportation property.

Executive Session: Bills previously heard in committee.

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Ways & Means*
1/26/10 3:30 pm
House Full Committee
House Hearing Rm A
John L. O’Brien Building
Olympia, WA

REVISED 1/22/2010 1:18 PM

Public Hearing:
  1. SSB 6382 - Reducing the cost of state government operations by restricting compensation.
  2. SSB 6503 - Closing state agencies on specified dates.

Possible Executive Session:
  1. EHB 1547 - Increasing the duty-related death benefit for public employees.
  2. EHB 1679 - Providing access to catastrophic disability medical insurance under plan 2 of the law enforcement officers’ and firefighters’ retirement system.
  3. HB 2872 - Establishing a period of public and legislative review of appropriations legislation.
  4. HB 2877 - Authorizing payment of regulated company stock in lieu of a portion of salary for educational employees.
  5. HB 2998 - Suspending certain monetary awards and salary increases.
  6. HB 2731 - Creating an early learning program for educationally at-risk children.

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Senate Committees


Agriculture & Rural Economic Development
1/26/10 1:30 pm
Watch on TVWSenate Full Committee
Senate Hearing Rm 3
J.A. Cherberg Building
Olympia, WA

Public Hearing: SB 6543 - Modifying the powers of the Washington tree fruit research commission.

Work Session: Status of tree fruit industry.

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

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Environment, Water & Energy*
1/26/10 10:00 am
Senate Full Committee
Senate Hearing Rm 4
J.A. Cherberg Building
Olympia, WA

REVISED 1/25/2010 5:12 PM

Public Hearing:
  1. SGA 9221 - Dan O’Neal Member, Puget Sound Partnership.
  2. SGA 9229 - Steve Sakuma, Member, Puget Sound Partnership.
  3. SB 6656 - Authorizing a local financing tool to fund energy efficiency upgrades and removing financial barriers to implementing energy conservation programs.
  4. SB 6672 - Modifying the energy independence act.

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

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Financial Institutions, Housing & Insurance*
1/26/10 10:00 am
Senate Full Committee
Senate Hearing Rm 2
J.A. Cherberg Building
Olympia, WA

REVISED 1/25/2010 3:45 PM

Public Hearing:
  1. SB 6240 - Regulating joint underwriting associations. (Hearing is on the Proposed Substitute.)
  2. SB 6412 - Concerning medical malpractice closed claim reporting.
  3. SB 6568 - Establishing minimum notification requirements for property and casualty insurance policy changes.
  4. SB 6544 - Extending the time limitations for approval of plats.
  5. SB 6327 - Exempting housing authorities from laws governing the construction, alteration, repair, or improvement of property by other public bodies.
  6. SB 6624 - Defining normal wear and tear for a motor vehicle for the purpose of a service contract. (Hearing is on the Proposed Substitute.)
  7. SB 6715 - Modifying surplus line coverage provisions.

Copies of the Proposed Substitute bills are available from committee staff. Possible executive session on bills heard in committee. Other business.

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Government Operations & Elections*
1/26/10 1:30 pm
Senate Full Committee
Senate Hearing Rm 2
J.A. Cherberg Building
Olympia, WA

REVISED 1/21/2010 11:34 AM

Public Hearing:
  1. SB 6342 - Concerning the Washington soldiers’ home.
  2. SB 6508 - Changing the class of persons entitled to recoveries under a wrongful death action or survival action.
  3. SB 6528 - Concerning the Washington soldiers’ home.
  4. SB 6685 - Requiring public agencies, special purpose districts, and municipalities to post certain information on their web sites.
  5. SB 6540 - Transferring the combined fund drive from the department of personnel to the secretary of state.
  6. SB 5041 - Increasing state contracts with veteran-owned businesses.

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

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Human Services & Corrections
1/26/10 1:30 pm
Senate Full Committee
Senate Hearing Rm 1
J.A. Cherberg Building
Olympia, WA

Public Hearing:
  1. SB 6292 - Providing notice of release from involuntary treatment.
  2. SB 6478 - Planning for the discontinuation of discharge of vulnerable populations from state institutions into homelessness.
  3. SB 6500 - Limiting the use of restraints on pregnant women or youth.
  4. SB 6484 - Authorizing civil judgements for assault.
  5. SB 6539 - Facilitating treatment for behavioral health disorders.

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

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Judiciary*
1/26/10 10:00 am
Watch on TVWSenate Full Committee
Senate Hearing Rm 1
J.A. Cherberg Building
Olympia, WA

REVISED 1/25/2010 3:58 PM

Public Hearing:
  1. SB 6396 - Banning the sale of assault weapons.
  2. SB 5838 - Concerning traffic infractions where the conduct is a proximate cause of death, great bodily harm, or substantial bodily injury. (Hearing is on the Proposed Substitute.)
  3. SB 6590 - Requiring law enforcement officers to be honest and truthful.

Executive Session:
  1. SB 6340 - Changing the membership of the Washington state forensic investigations council.
  2. SB 6293 - Changing provisions relating to rendering criminal assistance in the first degree.

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

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Labor, Commerce & Consumer Protection*
1/26/10 1:30 pm
Senate Full Committee
Senate Hearing Rm 4
J.A. Cherberg Building
Olympia, WA

REVISED 1/25/2010 5:17 PM

Public Hearing:
  1. SB 6391 - Concerning franchise agreements between new motor vehicle dealers and manufacturers.
  2. SB 6701 - Addressing real property warranties.
  3. SB 6440 - Adding fire protection services to the seller disclosure form.
  4. SB 6433 - Extending the time in which certain experienced home inspectors can apply for licensure without meeting instruction and training requirements.
  5. SB 6434 - Requiring the home inspector advisory licensing board to provide for classroom instruction in both eastern and western Washington.

Executive Session:
  1. SB 6526 - 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.
  2. SB 6525 - 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.
  3. SB 6524 - Addressing unemployment insurance penalties and contribution rates for employers who are not “qualified employers.”
  4. SB 6334 - Addressing unemployment benefits when a person voluntarily terminates employment.

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

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Transportation*
1/26/10 3:30 pm
Senate Full Committee
Senate Hearing Rm 1
J.A. Cherberg Building
Olympia, WA

REVISED 1/22/2010 2:53 PM

Public Hearing:
  1. SB 6363 - Concerning the enforcement of certain school or playground crosswalk violations.
  2. SB 6577 - Modifying the statewide transportation system policy goals.
  3. SB 6555 - Removing state route number 908 from the state highway system.
  4. SB 6649 - Streamlining the content and release requirements of driving record abstracts. (The hearing will be on the Proposed Substitute.)
  5. SGA 9222 - Daniel O’Neal, Member, Transportation Commission.

Copies of the proposed substitute are available from committee staff.Possible executive session on bills heard in committee. Other business.

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Ways & Means*
1/26/10 3:30 pm
Watch on TVWSenate Full Committee
Senate Hearing Rm 4
J.A. Cherberg Building
Olympia, WA

REVISED 1/25/2010 12:15 PM

Public Hearing:
  1. SB 6194 - Simplifying medicaid payment for nursing facilities.
  2. SB 6571 - Concerning license fees for nursing homes, boarding homes, and adult family homes.
  3. SSB 5208 - Ensuring punishment for domestic violence offenders. (public hearing on proposed second substitute S-4196.1).
  4. SB 6572 - Eliminating certain accounts.
  5. SSB 6237 - Adopting policy recommendations developed by the sustainable recreation work group.
  6. SB 6501 - Authorizing payment of regulated company stock in lieu of a portion of salary for educational employees.
  7. SB 6546 - Allowing the state director of fire protection to refuse membership in the public employees’ retirement system.
  8. ESHB 2921 - Making 2010 supplemental operating appropriations.

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

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