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WA Lege Day 23: Election changes and family leave

OLYMPIA — A busy morning in the legislative hearing rooms, with separate hearings on the Family and Medical Leave Act, major changes to the state's election laws and a plan to designate the day after Thanksgiving as a legal holiday named Native American Heritage Day.

The House Ag & Natural Resources Committee has several bills on wolves, and in the afternoon the Senate Natural Resources Committee will look at changes in the Discover Pass system. Senate Energy Committee has a bill that narrows the rules on the purchase of renewable energy by utilities.

Occupational Therapists and the State Residential Care Council are having their “lobby day” and the Governor's Office of Indian Affairs, the Commission on African American Affairs and the Commission on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs have a reception this evening.

For a full list of the day's hearings, go inside the blog.


Legislative Meeting Schedule

 

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Time

Committee

Location

 

8:00 AM

Trade & Economic Development (S)

Senate Hearing Rm 3

 
 

Environment (H)

House Hearing Rm C

 
 

Government Operations & Elections (H)

House Hearing Rm E

 
 

Higher Education (H)

House Hearing Rm A

 
 

Public Safety (H)

House Hearing Rm D

 

10:00 AM

Agriculture, Water & Rural Economic Development (S)

Senate Hearing Rm 3

 
 

Governmental Operations (S)

Senate Hearing Rm 2

 
 

Health Care (S)

Senate Hearing Rm 4

 
 

Human Services & Corrections (S)

Senate Hearing Rm 1

 
 

Agriculture & Natural Resources (H)

House Hearing Rm B

 
 

Community Development, Housing & Tribal Affairs (H)

House Hearing Rm E

 
 

Judiciary (H)

House Hearing Rm D

 
 

Labor & Workforce Development (H)

House Hearing Rm A

 
 

Technology & Economic Development (H)

House Hearing Rm C

 

12:00 PM

PRO FORMA SENATE SESSION

   

1:30 PM

Energy, Environment & Telecommunications (S)

Senate Hearing Rm 4

 
 

Financial Institutions, Housing & Insurance (S)

Senate Hearing Rm 2

 
 

Higher Education (S)

Senate Hearing Rm 3

 
 

Natural Resources & Parks (S)

Senate Hearing Rm 1

 
 

Early Learning & Human Services (H)

House Hearing Rm C

 
 

Education (H)

House Hearing Rm A

 
 

Government Accountability & Oversight (H)

House Hearing Rm E

 
 

Health Care & Wellness (H)

House Hearing Rm B

 
 

Local Government (H)

House Hearing Rm D

 

3:30 PM

Transportation (S)

Senate Hearing Rm 1

 
 

Ways & Means (S)

Senate Hearing Rm 4

 
 

Appropriations (H)

House Hearing Rm A

 
 

Transportation (H)

House Hearing Rm B

 


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House Committees


Agriculture & Natural Resources*
2/5/13 10:00 am

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

REVISED 2/4/2013 9:49 AM

Public Hearing:

  1. HB 1112- Concerning standards for the use of science to support public policy.
  2. HB 1191- Protecting livestock against predator attacks.
  3. HB 1219- Concerning large wild carnivore conflict management.
  4. HB 1337- Conditioning the classification of the gray wolf by the fish and wildlife commission.
  5. HB 1501- Building upon the existing wildlife interaction program to establish the mechanisms behind an uncapped funding source for implementing the provisions of the Washington wolf conservation and management plan adopted by the fish and wildlife commission in 2011 in a way that does not change the management provisions of the plan.


Executive Session:

  1. HB 1156- Consolidating designated forest lands and open space timber lands for ease of administration.
  2. HB 1243- Modifying expiration dates affecting the department of natural resources' timber sale program.
  3. HB 1244- Clarifying the department of natural resources' authority to enter into cooperative agreements.


*Additional seating space available in JLOB B-12.

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Appropriations
2/5/13 3:30 pm

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

Work Session: Briefing on Early Childhood Learning.

Possible Executive Session: HB 1226- Addressing the restrictions on collecting a pension in the public employees' retirement system for retirees returning to work in an ineligible position or a position covered by another state retirement system.

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Business & Financial Services*
2/5/13 9:00 am

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

MEETING CANCELLED.

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Community Development, Housing & Tribal Affairs
2/5/13 10:00 am

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

Executive Session:

  1. HB 1014- Recognizing “Native American Heritage Day.”
  2. HB 1083- Authorizing judges of tribal courts to solemnize marriages.
  3. HB 1134- Authorizing state-tribal education compact schools.
  4. HB 1187- Concerning grants for community outdoor and indoor athletic facilities.
  5. HB 1277- Concerning tribes holding conservation easements.
  6. HB 1286- Authorizing the sale or exchange of unused department of transportation lands to federally recognized Indian tribes.
  7. HB 1287- Subjecting federally recognized Indian tribes to the same conditions as state and local governments for property owned exclusively by the tribe.

 

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Early Learning & Human Services
2/5/13 1:30 pm

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

Work Session: Evidence-based practices.

Public Hearing:

  1. HB 1261- Establishing receiving care centers for emergency and crisis care for children removed from their homes.
  2. HB 1284- Concerning the rights of parents who are incarcerated or in residential substance abuse treatment.

 

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Education
2/5/13 1:30 pm

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

Work Session: “A Broader, Bolder Approach to Education:” James Harvey, National Superintendents' Roundtable.

Public Hearing:

  1. HB 1177- Modifying the education accountability system to allow state criteria, resources, and strategies to be used for assistance and intervention.
  2. HB 1452- Establishing accountability for student performance in third grade.
  3. HB 1476- Establishing a performance-based grading system for schools and school districts.
  4. HB 1560- Implementing selected recommendations from the 2011 and 2013 reports of the quality education council.
  5. HB 1345- Regarding access to K-12 campuses for occupational or educational information.

 

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Environment
2/5/13 8:00 am

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

Public Hearing:

  1. HB 1154- Modifying the definition of nonpower attributes in the energy independence act.
  2. HB 1347- Allowing incremental electricity produced as a result of efficiency improvements to hydroelectric generation projects whose energy output is marketed by the Bonneville power administration to qualify as an eligible renewable resource under the energy independence act.
  3. HB 1426- Allowing utilities serving customers in Washington and in other states to use eligible renewable resources located within the western electricity coordinating council area to comply with chapter 19.285 RCW, the energy independence act.


Possible Executive Session: Bills previously heard in committee.

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Government Accountability & Oversight*
2/5/13 1:30 pm

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

REVISED 2/4/2013 1:59 PM

Public Hearing:

  1. HB 1381- Regarding administrative adjudicatory proceedings coming before the department of health.
  2. HB 1411- Removing spirits from wholesale distributors and suppliers of malt beverages provisions.
  3. HB 1422- Changing the criteria for the beer and wine tasting endorsement for grocery stores.
  4. HB 1442- Providing increased access to parimutuel satellite locations in counties with a population exceeding one million.
  5. HB 1459- Authorizing students under the age of twenty-one to taste wine in viticulture and enology programs.


Executive Session:

  1. HB 1063- Creating a senior center license.
  2. HB 1332- Concerning limited on-premise spirits sampling.

 

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Government Operations & Elections*
2/5/13 8:00 am

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

REVISED 2/4/2013 3:34 PM

Public Hearing:

  1. HB 1101- Designating July 25th as patient safety day.
  2. HB 1143- Providing accountability to procurement policy.
  3. HB 1297- Implementing a recommendation of the sunshine committee.
  4. HB 1298- Implementing the recommendations of the sunshine committee.
  5. HB 1299- Implementing the recommendations of the sunshine committee.


Executive Session:

  1. HB 1005- Concerning responsibilities and funding of the public disclosure commission.
  2. HB 1203- Exempting personal information relating to children from public inspection and copying.
  3. HB 1211- Concerning primary election voters' pamphlets.

 

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Health Care & Wellness
2/5/13 1:30 pm

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

Public Hearing:

  1. HB 1270- Making the board of denturists the disciplining authority for licensed denturists.
  2. HB 1271- Concerning the practice of denturism.
  3. HB 1330- Allowing dental hygienists and dental assistants to provide certain services under the supervision of a dentist.
  4. HB 1382- Allowing for redistribution of medications under certain conditions.
  5. HB 1514- Concerning advanced function dental auxiliaries.
  6. HB 1516- Concerning mid-level dental professionals.

 

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Higher Education
2/5/13 8:00 am

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

Work Session: Public baccalaureate performance.

  1. Performance Plans: Council of Presidents.
  2. Data Dashboard: Education Research and Data Center.
  3. The higher education cost study: Education Research and Data Center.



Public Hearing:

  1. HB 1320- Requiring an online higher education transfer and student advising system.
  2. HB 1453- Changing state need grant eligibility provisions.

 

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Judiciary
2/5/13 10:00 am

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

Executive Session:

  1. HB 1029- Concerning private road maintenance agreements.
  2. HB 1117- Concerning the transfer of real property by deed taking effect at the grantor's death.
  3. HB 1114- Addressing criminal incompetency and civil commitment.
  4. HB 1096- Concerning juvenile firearms and weapons crimes.
  5. HB 1159- Increasing the number of superior court judges in Whatcom county.
  6. HB 1175- Increasing the number of superior court judges in Benton and Franklin counties jointly.
  7. HB 1266- Modifying the mandatory retirement provision for district judges.
  8. HB 1148- Addressing dissenters' rights under the Washington business corporation act.
  9. HB 1107- Regarding residential provisions for children of parents with military duties.
  10. HB 1119- Allowing the sheriff to waive fees associated with the service of a writ of habeas corpus under certain circumstances.
  11. HB 1145- Providing credit towards child support obligations for veterans benefits.
  12. HB 1227- Regarding cost savings and efficiencies in mailing notices of possible license suspension for noncompliance with child support orders.
  13. HB 1370- Concerning notice requirements for homeowners' associations meetings.
  14. HB 1194- Limiting liability for habitat projects.
  15. HB 1186- Concerning veterinarian immunity from liability when reporting suspected animal cruelty.
  16. HB 1201- Preventing animal cruelty.
  17. HB 1202- Preventing animal cruelty.


Public Hearing:

  1. HB 1406- Creating the uniform correction or clarification of defamation act.
  2. HB 1436- Concerning privileging and professional conduct reviews by health care professional review bodies.
  3. HB 1477- Providing flexibility for how school districts address truancy of students.


*Note Hearing Room.

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Labor & Workforce Development*
2/5/13 10:00 am

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

REVISED 2/1/2013 7:59 AM

Public Hearing:

  1. HB 1457- Implementing family and medical leave insurance.
  2. HB 1313- Establishing minimum standards for sick and safe leave from employment.


Possible Executive Session:

  1. HB 1072- Creating the agricultural labor skills and safety grant program.
  2. HB 1152- Addressing meal and rest breaks for hospital employees.
  3. HB 1153- Regulating mandatory overtime for employees of health care facilities.
  4. HB 1247- Modifying job skills program provisions.


*Note hearing room. Additional seating space available in JLOB B15-18.

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Local Government*
2/5/13 1:30 pm

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

REVISED 2/4/2013 9:11 AM

Public Hearing:

  1. HB 1268- Regarding local government purchasing.
  2. HB 1324- Transferring ferry and flood control zone district functions and taxing authorities to county legislative authorities in counties with a population of one million five hundred thousand or more.


Possible Executive Session: Bills previously heard in committee.

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Public Safety*
2/5/13 8:00 am

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

REVISED 1/31/2013 1:55 PM

Public Hearing:

  1. HB 1338- Concerning juveniles sentenced to long terms of incarceration.
  2. HB 1352- Addressing the statute of limitations for sexual abuse against a child.
  3. HB 1552- Reducing scrap metal theft.

 

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Technology & Economic Development
2/5/13 10:00 am

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

Public Hearing:

  1. HB 1306- Extending the expiration dates of the local infrastructure financing tool program.
  2. HB 1443- Providing for property tax exemption for the value of new construction of industrial/manufacturing facilities in targeted urban areas.
  3. HB 1403- Promoting economic development by providing information to businesses.


Executive Session: HB 1260- Concerning public facilities' grants and loans.

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Transportation
2/5/13 3:30 pm

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

Public Hearing:

  1. HB 1238- Allowing motorcycles to stop and proceed through traffic control signals under certain conditions.
  2. HB 1334- Concerning conversion kits on motorcycles.
  3. HB 1408- Providing cities and towns with the local options to permit digital outdoor advertising signs.
  4. HB 1521- Removing certain requirements for vehicle registration certificate applicants.
  5. HB 1500- Concerning the creation of a special license plate dedicated to raising revenue to fund preventative wolf management efforts at the department of fish and wildlife.

 

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Senate Committees

The schedule is subject to the addition of more committee agendas. Please check our website, http://www.leg.wa.gov/legislature/pages/calendar.aspx


Agriculture, Water & Rural Economic Development
2/5/13 10:00 am

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

Public Hearing:

  1. SB 5202- Creating the companion animal safety, population control, and spay/neuter assistance program.
  2. SB 5276- Regarding the use of designated agricultural lands.


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

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Energy, Environment & Telecommunications*
2/5/13 1:30 pm

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

REVISED 1/31/2013 4:28 PM

Possible Executive Session:

  1. SB 5076- Requiring information on home energy efficiency to be included in residential home inspection reports.
  2. SB 5098- Regarding wireless communications structures.
  3. SB 5154- Exempting from business and occupation tax certain amounts received by cooperative finance organizations.
  4. SB 5201- Accelerating cleanup of hazardous waste sites.
  5. SB 5296- Concerning the model toxics control act.


Public Hearing:

  1. SB 5321- Harmonizing state greenhouse gas reporting requirements with federal requirements.
  2. SB 5324- Concerning mosquito abatement in storm water control retention ponds.
  3. SB 5326- Delaying new storm water requirements.
  4. SB 5368- Determining the proportion of supplemental income to be paid by component cities, towns, and counties.


Other business.

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Financial Institutions, Housing & Insurance*
2/5/13 1:30 pm

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

REVISED 2/1/2013 12:49 PM

Public Hearing:

  1. SB 5269- Addressing title insurance rate filings.
  2. SB 5233- Establishing a training program for managers of manufactured housing communities.
  3. SB 5439- Concerning the administrative costs for the allocation, management, and oversight of housing trust fund investments.
  4. SB 5494- Concerning carbon monoxide alarms.
  5. SB 5522- Concerning rental agreement renewal requirements for manufactured housing communities.
  6. SB 5523- Concerning the property taxation of mobile homes and park model trailers.


Executive Session:

  1. SB 5207- Addressing the consumer loan act.
  2. SB 5008- Addressing portable electronics insurance.
  3. SB 5208- Addressing fees and semiannual assessments, powers, lending limits, and technical amendments related to state-chartered banks, savings banks, savings associations, and trust companies.
  4. SB 5344- Revising state statutes concerning trusts.


Other business.

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Governmental Operations
2/5/13 10:00 am

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

Public Hearing:

  1. SB 5106- Concerning the operation of county budgets.
  2. SB 5133- Ensuring growth management hearings board members meet qualifications relating to land use experience.
  3. SB 5270- Allowing motor voter preregistration for sixteen and seventeen year olds.
  4. SB 5277- Reducing costs and inefficiencies in elections.
  5. SB 5320- Requiring the county auditor to establish a minimum number of ballot drop boxes for counties and cities.
  6. SB 5347- Assuring the people's right to vote on initiatives that submit sufficient valid voter signatures.
  7. SJM 8002- Requesting an amendment to the United States Constitution to return the authority to regulate election campaign contributions to congress and state legislatures.


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

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Health Care
2/5/13 10:00 am

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

Public Hearing:

  1. SB 5130- Concerning insurance coverage of treatment of eosinophilia gastrointestinal associated disorders.
  2. SB 5206- Authorizing occupational therapists, occupational therapy assistants, dieticians, and nutritionists to participate in online access to the University of Washington health sciences library.
  3. SB 5213- Concerning prescription review for medicaid managed care enrollees.
  4. SB 5267- Concerning prior authorization for health care services.


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

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Higher Education*
2/5/13 1:30 pm

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

REVISED 2/4/2013 9:35 AM

Work Session: Update from the Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board.

Public Hearing:

  1. SB 5131- Providing tax incentives for donations of modern laboratory equipment to higher education institutions and vocational skills centers.
  2. SB 5179- Removing the one-year waiting period for veterans or active members of the military for purposes of eligibility for resident tuition.
  3. SB 5318- Removing the one-year waiting period for veterans or active members of the military for purposes of eligibility for resident tuition.
  4. SB 5343- Concerning the rights of higher education students involved in military service.
  5. SB 5560- Modifying job skills program provisions. (Hearing is on the Proposed Substitute.)
  6. SB 5559- Authorizing educational specialist degrees at Central Washington University and Western Washington University.
  7. SB 5472- Authorizing applied doctorate level degrees in audiology at Western Washington University.


If proposed substitutes are to be heard, they can be obtained from committee staff or on the committee's website, http://www.leg.wa.gov/Senate/Committees/HIE/Pages/default.aspx, as soon as they are available. Possible executive session on bills heard in committee. Other business.

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Human Services & Corrections*
2/5/13 10:00 am

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

REVISED 2/1/2013 9:26 AM

Public Hearing:

  1. SB 5282- Creating a statewide database of mental health commitment information.
  2. SB 5333- Providing mental health first-aid training to teachers and educational staff.
  3. SB 5198- Exempting personal information relating to children from public inspection and copying.
  4. SB 5452- Modifying stalking and harassment protection order provisions.
  5. SB 5466- Modifying criminal history record information compliance audit provisions.
  6. SB 5456- Concerning detentions under the involuntary treatment act.


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

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Natural Resources & Parks
2/5/13 1:30 pm

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

Work Session: 2012 Fire season update and issues.

Public Hearing:

  1. SB 5337- Modifying expiration dates affecting the department of natural resources' timber sale program.
  2. SB 5319- Regarding access to state recreation lands by disabled veterans.
  3. SB 5289- Concerning the discover pass.
  4. SB 5391- Concerning an exemption from discover pass requirements for off-road vehicles.


Other business.

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Trade & Economic Development
2/5/13 8:00 am

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

Work Session: Regulatory Reform and Lean Permitting:

  1. Performance Audit of Regulatory Reform in Washington - State Auditor's Office.
  2. Lean permitting in local governments - State Auditor's Office.
  3. Office of Regulatory Assistance presentation.



Public Hearing:

  1. SB 5109- Creating a business and occupation tax exemption for new businesses.
  2. SB 5382- Promoting economic development through tax relief for start-up firms.


Committee work session presentations can be found online after the hearing has begun via the Committee Meeting Documents at http://www.leg.wa.gov/Senate/Committees/TRED/Pages/default.aspx, as soon as they are available. Other business.

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Transportation
2/5/13 3:30 pm

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

Work Session: Federal transportation reauthorization update (“MAP-21”).

Public Hearing:

  1. SB 5304- Providing cities and towns with the local options to permit digital outdoor advertising signs.
  2. SB 5335- Modifying the boundaries of certain heavy haul corridors.
  3. SB 5264- Concerning the transportation and storage of certain explosive devices.


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

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Ways & Means*
2/5/13 3:30 pm

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

REVISED 2/1/2013 4:06 PM

Work Session:

  1. Overview of Early Learning Programs.
  2. Overview of Children's Administration.


Other business.

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