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WA Lege Day 19: Of homes and homeless

OLYMPIA — It is Housing and Homeless Advocacy Day today, with the state’s Low Income Housing Alliance will be meeting in and around the Capitol.

The House is set to vote on a bill that allows churches to host temporary homeless camps on their property and keeps cities from passing ordinance against that. That bill HB 1956, is among several dozen scheduled for floor action in the House, although the timing is somewhat uncertain.

The Senate, too, has a wide range of bills that could come up for a vote, on topics ranging from flood control to Bisphenol A in baby bottles to allowing thel WSP to participate in the “chief for a day” program.

And they have a range of hearings through mid afternoon.

Hearing schedule is inside the blog,



Legislative Meeting Information for January 29, 2010.

Legislative Meeting Schedule

Friday, January 29, 2010
TimeCommitteeLocation
8:00 AMEnvironment, Water & Energy (S)Senate Hearing Rm 4

Human Services & Corrections (S)Senate Hearing Rm 1

Commerce & Labor (H)House Hearing Rm B

Ecology & Parks (H)House Hearing Rm C

Education (H)House Hearing Rm A

Higher Education (H)House Hearing Rm D

Public Safety & Emergency Preparedness (H)House Hearing Rm E
10:00 AMSENATE SESSION/CAUCUS

HOUSE SESSION/CAUCUS
1:30 PMHigher Education & Workforce Development (S)Senate Hearing Rm 3

Judiciary (S)Senate Hearing Rm 1

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

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House Committees


Agriculture & Natural Resources*
1/29/10 1:30 pm
House Full Committee
House Hearing Rm B
John L. O’Brien Building
Olympia, WA

REVISED 1/28/2010 10:37 AM

Public Hearing:
  1. HB 3095 - Modifying the powers of the Washington tree fruit research commission.
  2. HB 2744 - Protecting lake water quality by reducing phosphorus from lawn fertilizers.

Possible Executive Session:
  1. HB 2604 - Exempting certain diversions of surface waters for agricultural purposes from the permit process.
  2. HB 3095 - Modifying the powers of the Washington tree fruit research commission.
  3. HB 2744 - Protecting lake water quality by reducing phosphorus from lawn fertilizers.
  4. HB 2866 - Concerning natural resource infractions.
  5. HB 2966 - Establishing a state meat inspection program.
  6. HB 2508 - Regarding water right processing improvements.
  7. HB 2666 - Enhancing economic vitality in rural areas by clarifying when certain waters of the state may be removed from additional appropriations.
  8. HB 2541 - Maintaining a base of forest lands that may be used for commercial forestry.
  9. HB 2593 - Concerning the department of fish and wildlife’s ability to manage shellfish resources.

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Commerce & Labor*
1/29/10 8:00 am
House Full Committee
House Hearing Rm B
John L. O’Brien Building
Olympia, WA

REVISED 1/28/2010 9:08 AM

Public Hearing:
  1. HB 2499 - Changing regulations concerning black powder.
  2. HB 2917 - Transferring the board of accountancy to the department of licensing.
  3. HB 2602 - Establishing continuing education requirements for engineers.
  4. HB 2524 - Concerning prohibited practices of collection agencies.
  5. HB 2920 - Limiting employer contribution rates for unemployment insurance purposes.
  6. HB 3129 - Concerning the unemployment insurance system, but only with respect to improving unemployment benefits and adjusting unemployment contributions.

Possible Executive Session:
  1. HB 1634 - Regarding architects.
  2. HB 2444 - Providing leave from employment for participating in a child’s educational activities.
  3. HB 2546 - Concerning classroom training for electrical trainees.
  4. HB 2764 - Protecting employees from adverse employment actions because of influenza.
  5. HB 2789 - Authorizing issuance of subpoenas for purposes of agency investigations of underground economy activity.
  6. HB 2947 - Concerning special occasion licenses.
  7. HB 3024 - Providing uninterrupted meal and rest breaks for hospital employees.
  8. Bills previously heard in committee.

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Early Learning & Children’s Services*
1/29/10 1:30 pm
Watch on TVWHouse Full Committee
House Hearing Rm E
John L. O’Brien Building
Olympia, WA

REVISED 1/25/2010 5:20 PM

Work Session: Child Protective Services, Child Welfare Services, and State Liability.

Possible Executive Session: Bills previously heard in committee.

Public Hearing:
  1. HB 3087 - Regarding public assistance application forms.
  2. HB 3141 - Redesigning the delivery of temporary assistance to needy families.

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Ecology & Parks*
1/29/10 8:00 am
Watch on TVWHouse Full Committee
House Hearing Rm C
John L. O’Brien Building
Olympia, WA

REVISED 1/28/2010 2:52 PM

Public Hearing: HB 2772 - Creating the climate change accountability act.

Work Session: Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission programs update.

Possible Executive Session:
  1. HB 2539 - Optimizing the collection of source separated materials.
  2. HB 2562 - Concerning lease rates for industrial users of state-owned aquatic lands.
  3. HB 2643 - Providing better water quality during charitable car washes.
  4. HB 2772 - Creating the climate change accountability act.
  5. HB 2839 - Concerning the implementation of the national pollutant discharge elimination system municipal separate storm sewer systems permit.
  6. 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.

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Education*
1/29/10 8:00 am
House Full Committee
House Hearing Rm A
John L. O’Brien Building
Olympia, WA

REVISED 1/25/2010 1:27 PM

Public Hearing:
  1. HB 3026 - Regarding school district compliance with state and federal civil rights laws.
  2. HB 3036 - Requiring a public meeting before a school district contracts for nonvoter-approved debt.
  3. HB 3029 - Providing education programs for juveniles in adult jails.
  4. HB 3068 - Providing access to alternative routes to certification for the recruiting Washington teachers program.
  5. HB 1697 - Regarding career and technical student organizations.
  6. HB 2393 - Creating the go global foreign study program.

Possible Executive Session:
  1. HB 2904 - Concerning the powers and duties of the office of the education ombudsman.
  2. Other bills previously heard in committee.
  3. HB 2580 - Concerning secondary career and technical education courses.
  4. HB 2852 - Concerning college-level online learning by high school students.
  5. HB 2996 - Including approved private schools in the superintendent of public instruction’s record check information rules.
  6. HB 2654 - Providing for elementary math specialists.

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Finance*
1/29/10 1:30 pm
House Full Committee
House Hearing Rm C
John L. O’Brien Building
Olympia, WA

REVISED 1/28/2010 1:31 PM

Public Hearing:
  1. HB 2933 - Modifying sales and use tax provisions for the local infrastructure financing tool program.
  2. HB 2965 - Adjusting the oil spill response tax and oil spill administration tax.
  3. HB 2976 - Including public-owned easements in the acreage requirements of the open space taxation act.
  4. HB 2977 - Providing expiration dates for certain environmental tax incentives.
  5. HB 2982 - Providing tax incentives for manufacturers of electronic testing and measurement devices.
  6. HB 2984 - Concerning a sales and use tax deferral for performing arts centers.

Possible Executive Session:
  1. SHB 1597 - Concerning the administration of state and local tax programs.
  2. HB 1950 - Requiring assessors to give notice of the true and fair value of real property regardless of whether there was a change in value.
  3. HB 2620 - Concerning excise taxation of certain products and services provided or furnished electronically.
  4. HB 2758 - Documenting wholesale sales for excise tax purposes.
  5. HB 3066 - Creating uniformity among annual tax reporting survey provisions.

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Health Care & Wellness*
1/29/10 1:30 pm
House Full Committee
House Hearing Rm A
John L. O’Brien Building
Olympia, WA

REVISED 1/28/2010 12:58 PM

Possible Executive Session:
  1. HB 2605 - Concerning billing for anatomic pathology services.
  2. HB 2652 - Regulating tanning facilities.
  3. HB 2673 - Concerning insurance coverage of the sales tax for prescribed durable medical equipment and mobility enhancing equipment.
  4. HB 2686 - Concerning fees for dental services that are not covered by insurance or contract.
  5. HB 2706 - Concerning exemption from immunization.
  6. HB 2828 - Requiring hospitals to report certain health care data.
  7. HB 2841 - Concerning the standard health questionnaire.
  8. HB 2888 - Concerning continuing education for pharmacy technicians.
  9. HB 2961 - Establishing a statewide electronic tracking system for the nonprescription sales of ephedrine, pseudoephedrine, and phenylpropanolamine.
  10. HB 2989 - Concerning respiratory care practitioners.
  11. HB 2997 - Concerning the size of a small employer’s group for purposes of health benefit plans.
  12. Other bills previously heard in committee.

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Higher Education*
1/29/10 8:00 am
House Full Committee
House Hearing Rm D
John L. O’Brien Building
Olympia, WA

REVISED 1/26/2010 2:02 PM

Possible Executive Session:
  1. HB 2930 - Expanding the pool of qualified teachers.
  2. HB 2936 - Changing the state student financial aid program.
  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.
  5. Bills previously heard in committee.

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Public Safety & Emergency Preparedness*
1/29/10 8:00 am
House Full Committee
House Hearing Rm E
John L. O’Brien Building
Olympia, WA

REVISED 1/28/2010 3:07 PM

Public Hearing:
  1. HB 2693 - Compensating auto theft victims for towing and impound fees.
  2. HB 2768 - Requiring background investigations for peace officers and reserve officers as a condition of employment.
  3. HB 2769 - Revising membership and rules of procedure for the criminal justice training commission and related boards.
  4. HB 2883 - Establishing a registration fee for sex offenders.
  5. HB 2942 - Offering human trafficking training for criminal justice and correctional personnel, and other public safety employees.

Executive Session:
  1. HB 2415 - Concerning criminal street gangs.
  2. HB 2550 - Concerning abatement of nuisances involving criminal street gang activity.
  3. HB 2942 - Offering human trafficking training for criminal justice and correctional personnel, and other public safety employees.

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State Government & Tribal Affairs*
1/29/10 1:30 pm
House Full Committee
House Hearing Rm D
John L. O’Brien Building
Olympia, WA

REVISED 1/28/2010 11:03 AM

Public Hearing:
  1. HB 2817 - Exempting a person’s identifying information from public disclosure when submitted in the course of using the sex offender notification and registration program for the purpose of receiving notification regarding registered sex offenders.
  2. HB 2868 - Regarding school district bidding procedures for purchases and public works projects.
  3. HB 2928 - Implementing the recommendations of the joint administrative rules review committee.
  4. HB 3047 - Concerning the University of Washington’s public works contracting procedures.
  5. HB 3063 - Establishing the number of days of shared leave an employee is eligible to receive.
  6. HJM 4025 - Honoring Vietnam veterans.

Possible Executive Session:
  1. SHB 2016 - Concerning campaign contribution and disclosure laws.
  2. HB 2603 - Requiring agencies to give small businesses an opportunity to comply with a state law or agency rule before imposing a penalty.
  3. HB 2613 - Concerning signature gathering for initiatives, referenda, and recall petitions.
  4. HB 2614 - Concerning signature gathering.
  5. HB 3047 - Concerning the University of Washington’s public works contracting procedures.
  6. HB 3063 - Establishing the number of days of shared leave an employee is eligible to receive.
  7. HJM 4025 - Honoring Vietnam veterans.
  8. Bills previously heard in committee.

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Senate Committees


Environment, Water & Energy*
1/29/10 8:00 am
Senate Full Committee
Senate Hearing Rm 4
J.A. Cherberg Building
Olympia, WA

REVISED 1/26/2010 4:02 PM

Public Hearing:
  1. SB 6659 - Consolidating the pollution liability insurance agency within the department of ecology.
  2. SB 6489 - Adding products to the energy efficiency code.
  3. SB 6692 - Allowing certain counties to participate and enter into ownership agreements for electric generating facilities powered by biomass.

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

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Higher Education & Workforce Development
1/29/10 1:30 pm
Senate Full Committee
Senate Hearing Rm 3
J.A. Cherberg Building
Olympia, WA

Public Hearing:
  1. SB 6467 - Authorizing honorary degrees for students who were ordered into internment camps.
  2. SB 5827 - Appointing student members on the board of trustees for community colleges.
  3. SB 5237 - Requiring the development of three-year baccalaureate programs.

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

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Human Services & Corrections
1/29/10 8:00 am
Watch on TVWSenate Full Committee
Senate Hearing Rm 1
J.A. Cherberg Building
Olympia, WA

Public Hearing:
  1. SB 6454 - Defining child advocacy centers for the multidisciplinary investigation of child abuse and implementation of county protocols.
  2. SB 6469 - Filling vacancies on the racial disproportionality advisory committee.
  3. SB 6470 - Addressing the burdens of proof required in dependency matters affecting Indian children.
  4. SB 6561 - Restricting access to juvenile offender records.

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

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Judiciary*
1/29/10 1:30 pm
Watch on TVWSenate Full Committee
Senate Hearing Rm 1
J.A. Cherberg Building
Olympia, WA

REVISED 1/21/2010 4:12 PM

Public Hearing:
  1. SB 6498 - Modifying robbery in the first degree provisions to include committing a robbery within and against a pharmacy.
  2. SB 6591 - Revising the procedure for complaints filed with the human rights commission.
  3. SB 6490 - Changing provisions regulating driver’s and vehicle licenses.

Executive Session:
  1. SB 6398 - Adding the definition of threat to malicious harassment provisions.
  2. SB 6352 - Modifying provisions on personal property exempt from execution, attachment, and garnishment.

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

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