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WA Lege Day 25: Super-majorities on taxes

OLYMPIA — The Washington Supreme Court did not rule today on whether the initiative-required supermajority for taxes is constitutional, but a Senate committee will consider three different plans to make it so.

The state's highest court traditionally releases opinions on Thursday mornings, so once a week the fast friends and strong foes of the two-thirds majority hold their breath wondering if this is the day they find out whether the justices will uphold a King County Superior Court judge's ruling that overturned the statute that has been approved several different ways by voters.

Not this morning folks.

But at 10 a.m. The Senate Government Operations Committee a hearing on has three — count 'em, three — different resolutions to lock the two-thirds majority down in the constitutions. They're all  have similar wording, and many of the same co-sponsors, so it seems likely they'll all be grouped together for the hearing.

Lots more on the hearing schedule today. For a complete list of the bills and resolutions on tap, go inside the blog. 


 

Legislative Meeting Schedule

Thursday, February 07, 2013

Time

Committee

Location

 

8:00 AM

Trade & Economic Development (S)

Senate Hearing Rm 3

 
 

Early Learning & Human Services (H)

House Hearing Rm C

 
 

Education (H)

House Hearing Rm A

 
 

Health Care & Wellness (H)

House Hearing Rm B

 
 

Local Government (H)

House Hearing Rm D

 

9:00 AM

Government Accountability & Oversight (H)

House Hearing Rm E

 

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

 
 

Business & Financial Services (H)

House Hearing Rm B

 
 

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

 

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

 
 

Agriculture & Natural Resources (H)

House Hearing Rm D

 
 

Community Development, Housing & Tribal Affairs (H)

House Hearing Rm E

 
 

Judiciary (H)

House Hearing Rm A

 
 

Labor & Workforce Development (H)

House Hearing Rm B

 
 

Technology & Economic Development (H)

House Hearing Rm C

 

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*
2/7/13 1:30 pm

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

REVISED 2/4/2013 9:52 AM

Public Hearing:

1.     HB 1350 - Providing options for local communities to balance growth of the community with water resource goals.

2.     HB 1375 - Concerning consolidating a new exempt withdrawal of groundwater into an existing public water system.

3.     HB 1438 - Concerning de facto changes in water rights for irrigation purposes that involved conversion to more efficient irrigation technologies.

4.     HB 1548 - Concerning efficiencies in the department of ecology processing of water right change applications that move the point of withdrawal reducing the potential for surface water body impacts.

5.     HB 1549 - Concerning efficiencies in the department of ecology processing of water right change applications to permit the consolidation of the annual quantities of those water rights held by the applicant.


Executive Session:

1.     HB 1135 - Concerning the annual gross sales limits for cottage food operations.

2.     HB 1146 - Concerning certified water right examiner bonding requirements.

3.     HB 1188 - Creating a focused effort on reestablishing a rural agricultural economy in western Washington by making investments aimed at returning underproducing land back into a state of active agricultural production.

4.     HB 1209 - Extending the program establishing Christmas tree grower licensure.

 

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Appropriations
2/7/13 3:30 pm

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

Work Session:

1.     Major Information Technology Investments.

2.     Update on the State Data Center.

3.     Briefing on the Juvenile Rehabilitation Administration in the Department of Social and Health Services.

 

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Business & Financial Services
2/7/13 10:00 am

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

Public Hearing:

1.     HB 1402 - Adopting the insurer state of entry model act.

2.     HB 1487 - Clarifying the terminology and duties of the real estate agency relationship law to be consistent with other existing laws.

3.     HB 1582 - Addressing credit unions' corporate governance, investments, and capital.

 

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Community Development, Housing & Tribal Affairs*
2/7/13 1:30 pm

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

REVISED 2/1/2013 4:25 PM

Public Hearing:

1.     HB 1361 - Modifying the requirements for purchase of care for Indian children.

2.     HB 1419 - Expanding membership of the Washington state horse park authority.

3.     HB 1425 - Removing the requirement that housing organizations apply to the Washington state quality award program.

4.     HB 1648 - Providing for community economic revitalization in incorporated areas.

 

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Early Learning & Human Services*
2/7/13 8:00 am

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

REVISED 2/5/2013 9:22 AM

Public Hearing:

1.     HB 1302 - Concerning extended foster care services.

2.     HB 1342 - Concerning the definition of work activity for the purposes of the WorkFirst program.

3.     HB 1433 - Creating a sentence for treatment program for juvenile offenders.


Executive Session:

1.     HB 1204 - Concerning sibling visitation for children in foster care.

2.     HB 1228 - Exempting certain family day care providers who have been operating for at least five years from any requirement to have a high school diploma or equivalent education.

 

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Education
2/7/13 8:00 am

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

Work Session: Financial Education Public Private Partnership - Report to the Legislature.

Public Hearing:

1.     HB 1173 - Regarding the financial education public-private partnership.

2.     HB 1293 - Requiring school districts to disclose information about required assessments.

3.     HB 1336 - Increasing the capacity of school districts to recognize and respond to troubled youth.

4.     HB 1369 - Using school days for meeting with parents and families as part of the Washington inventory of developing skills.

5.     HB 1472 - Providing initiatives to improve and expand access to computer science education.

6.     HB 1397 - Adding a requirement to sexual health education to include elements of and consequences for conviction of sexual offenses where the victim is a minor.

 

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Environment
2/7/13 10:00 am

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

Public Hearing:

1.     HB 1364 - Adopting the Washington small rechargeable battery stewardship act.

2.     HB 1444 - Concerning stewardship of household mercury-containing lights.

3.     HB 1498 - Improving reports on electronic waste collection.

4.     HB 1507 - Concerning electronic product recycling.


Possible Executive Session: Bills previously heard in committee.

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Government Accountability & Oversight*
2/7/13 9:00 am

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

REVISED 2/1/2013 11:04 AM

Public Hearing:

1.     HB 1295 - Modifying the powers and duties of the gambling commission.

2.     HB 1597 - Making marijuana law technical corrections.

 

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Government Operations & Elections*
2/7/13 10:00 am

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

REVISED 2/6/2013 11:57 AM

Public Hearing:

1.     HB 1377 - Modifying time frames applicable to certain public disclosure commission requirements.

2.     HB 1378 - Aggregating the cost of related ballot measure advertisements for purposes of top five sponsor identification requirements.

3.     HB 1393 - Providing information to assist in unemployment insurance overpayment recovery.


Executive Session:

1.     HB 1078 - Requiring the ballot proposition to reduce the terms of office of port commissioners to be submitted at the next general election.

2.     HB 1157 - Making nonsubstantive changes to election laws.

3.     HB 1195 - Repealing provisions relating to filling unexpired terms.

4.     HB 1198 - Requiring training of public officials and employees regarding public records and open public meetings.

5.     HB 1267 - Extending the time period for voter registration.

6.     HB 1279 - Allowing motor voter preregistration for sixteen and seventeen year olds.

 

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Health Care & Wellness
2/7/13 8:00 am

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

Public Hearing:

1.     HB 1339 - Clarifying the scope of practice for East Asian medicine practitioners and removing certain referral requirements.

2.     HB 1344 - Authorizing occupational therapists to participate in online access to the University of Washington health sciences library.

3.     HB 1376 - Clarifying the requirement that certain health professionals complete training in suicide assessment, treatment, and management.

4.     HB 1409 - Regarding the requirements of allopathic physician licensure.

5.     HB 1515 - Concerning medical assistants.

6.     HB 1518 - Providing certain disciplining authorities with additional authority over budget development, spending, and staffing.

 

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Higher Education*
2/7/13 10:00 am

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

REVISED 2/5/2013 5:06 PM

Work Session:

1.     Higher education partnerships with industry:
Manufacturing and agriculture: Association of Washington Business, Washington Business Roundtable, and Washington Restaurant Association.

2.     Higher education access for high school graduates.

a.     College Bound Update: Washington Student Achievement Council and College Success Foundation.

b.     The Opportunity Scholarship: College Success Foundation.


Public Hearing: HB 1251 - Increasing membership on the opportunity scholarship board.

Executive Session:

1.     HB 1011 - Removing the one-year waiting period for veterans or active members of the military for purposes of eligibility for resident tuition.

2.     HB 1043 - Limiting differential tuition.

3.     HB 1109 - Requiring institutions of higher education that offer an early course registration period to provide early registration for eligible veterans and national guard members.

4.     HB 1320 - Requiring an online higher education transfer and student advising system.

5.     HB 1331 - Authorizing student advisory committees at institutions of higher education.

6.     HB 1453 - Changing state need grant eligibility provisions.

 

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Judiciary
2/7/13 1:30 pm

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

Public Hearing:

1.     HB 1446 - Concerning judicial proceedings and forms.

2.     HB 1383 - Modifying stalking and harassment protection order provisions.

3.     HB 1307 - Concerning sexual assault protection orders.

4.     HB 1341 - Creating a claim for compensation for wrongful conviction and imprisonment.

 

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Labor & Workforce Development*
2/7/13 1:30 pm

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

REVISED 2/6/2013 10:42 AM

Public Hearing:

1.     HB 1348 - Modifying collective bargaining law related to providing additional compensation for academic employees at community and technical colleges.

2.     HB 1490 - Applying the public employees' collective bargaining act to department of corrections employees.

3.     HB 1608 - Concerning the marine employees' commission.


Possible Executive Session:

1.     HB 1152 - Addressing meal and rest breaks for hospital employees.

2.     HB 1153 - Regulating mandatory overtime for employees of health care facilities.

3.     HB 1440 - Ensuring fairness to employers by protecting employees.

4.     HB 1467 - Addressing the collection of unpaid wages.

5.     HB 1473 - Requiring certain entities to report payments for construction services.


*Note hearing room.

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Local Government*
2/7/13 8:00 am

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

REVISED 2/6/2013 2:20 PM

Public Hearing:

1.     HB 1401 - Addressing the timing of penalties under the growth management act.

2.     HB 1416 - Regarding the financing of irrigation district improvements.

3.     HB 1417 - Regarding irrigation district administration.


Executive Session:

1.     HB 1128 - Regarding local agencies' responses to public records requests.

2.     HB 1264 - Concerning partial fire district mergers.

3.     HB 1274 - Concerning local government practices and procedures.

4.     HB 1360 - Extending the deadline to designate one or more industrial land banks.

 

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Public Safety*
2/7/13 10:00 am

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

REVISED 1/31/2013 2:00 PM

Public Hearing:

1.     HB 1151 - Ordering offenders convicted of vehicular homicide due to alcohol or drugs to pay child support for the victims' minor children.

2.     HB 1388 - Increasing penalties for vehicular homicide and vehicular assault.

3.     HB 1482 - Modifying provisions that address impaired driving.


Possible Executive Session:

1.     HB 1061 - Changing provisions regarding the finding of aggravating circumstances.

2.     HB 1108 - Modifying the definition of rape in the third degree and indecent liberties.

3.     HB 1080 - Concerning the crime of rendering criminal assistance.

4.     HB 1087 - Allowing for more than one vacation of a misdemeanor and gross misdemeanor conviction.

5.     HB 1098 - Addressing bail practices.

6.     HB 1225 - Regarding cost savings and efficiencies in mailing notices of revocation to habitual traffic offenders.

7.     HB 1305 - Modifying vehicle prowling provisions.

8.     HB 1262 - Eliminating the disparate treatment of HIV in the criminal justice system.

9.     HB 1291 - Concerning services for victims of the sex trade.

10.   HB 1292 - Vacating prostitution convictions.

11.   Bills previously heard in committee.

 

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Technology & Economic Development*
2/7/13 1:30 pm

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

REVISED 2/4/2013 4:04 PM

Work Session:

1.     Introduction to “the cloud.”

2.     Tax preferences for economic development purposes.


Executive Session: HB 1301 - Creating clean energy jobs in Washington state through renewable energy incentives.

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Transportation*
2/7/13 3:30 pm

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

REVISED 2/6/2013 2:37 PM

Possible Executive Session:

1.     HB 1070 - Addressing employer notification upon commercial driver's license suspension.

2.     HB 1129 - Concerning ferry vessel replacement.

3.     HB 1238 - Allowing motorcycles to stop and proceed through traffic control signals under certain conditions.

4.     HB 1242 - Concerning the authority of a vehicle subagent to recommend a successor.

5.     HB 1288 - Concerning the construction of a state boundary bridge.

6.     HB 1379 - Concerning private motorcycle skills education programs.

7.     HB 1334 - Concerning conversion kits on motorcycles.

8.     HB 1408 - Providing cities and towns with the local options to permit digital outdoor advertising signs.

9.     HB 1420 - Concerning public contracts for transportation improvement projects.

10.   HB 1521 - Removing certain requirements for vehicle registration certificate applicants.

11.   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.

12.   HB 1007 - Concerning the covering of loads on public highways.


Work Session: Transportation system needs.

a.     Red Mountain Interchange (WSDOT, Benton Rural Electric Association).

b.     Interstate 90 Snoqualmie Pass construction update (WSDOT).

 

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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
2/7/13 10:00 am

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

Work Session: Overview of Yakima River Basin integrated plan.

Public Hearing: SB 5367 - Concerning Yakima river basin water resource management.

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

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Energy, Environment & Telecommunications
2/7/13 1:30 pm

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

Work Session: Challenges and opportunities of wind power.

Other business.

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Financial Institutions, Housing & Insurance*
2/7/13 1:30 pm

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

REVISED 2/1/2013 1:06 PM

Public Hearing:

1.     SB 5302 - Addressing credit unions' corporate governance and investments.

2.     SB 5306 - Creating procedures for disposing property in the leased premises of a deceased tenant.

3.     SB 5307 - Expanding the definition of unlawful detainer to include a provision governing at-will tenancies.

4.     SB 5425 - Concerning the entering of monetary judgments against defendants under the residential and manufactured/mobile home landlord-tenant acts.

5.     SB 5426 - Concerning unlawful detainer.


Executive Session: SB 5065 - Regulating the settling of certain insurer transactions.

Possible Executive Session: SB 5312 - Authorizing small consumer installment loans.

Other business.

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Governmental Operations*
2/7/13 10:00 am

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

REVISED 2/6/2013 12:52 PM

Public Hearing:

1.     SB 5220 - Addressing membership on city disability boards.

2.     SB 5217 - Eliminating the Washington state quality award program.

3.     SB 5381 - Concerning cellular telephone use by state employees.

4.     SB 5169 - Implementing the recommendations of the sunshine committee.

5.     SJR 8200 - Amending the Constitution to require a two-thirds majority vote of the legislature to raise taxes.

6.     SJR 8204 - Amending the Constitution to require a two-thirds majority vote of the legislature to raise taxes.

7.     SJR 8205 - Amending the Constitution to require a two-thirds majority vote of the legislature to raise taxes.


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

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Health Care
2/7/13 10:00 am

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

Public Hearing:

1.     SB 5305 - Requiring hospitals to report when providing treatment for bullet wounds, gunshot wounds, and stab wounds to all patients.

2.     SB 5414 - Regarding the requirements of allopathic physician licensure.

3.     SB 5415 - Updating and aligning with federal requirements hospital health care-associated infection rate reporting.

4.     SB 5416 - Concerning prescription information.

5.     SB 5214 - Concerning a business and occupation tax deduction for donated medical services.


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

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Higher Education*
2/7/13 1:30 pm

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

REVISED 2/6/2013 9:47 AM

Work Session: Overview of the State Need Grant Program - continued from January 17, 2013.

Public Hearing:

1.     SB 5028 - Changing state need grant eligibility provisions.

2.     SB 5180 - Improving access to higher education for students with disabilities.

3.     SB 5195 - Allowing nonprofit institutions recognized by the state of Washington to be eligible to participate in the state need grant program.


Executive Session:

1.     SB 5318 - Removing the one-year waiting period for veterans or active members of the military for purposes of eligibility for resident tuition.

2.     SB 5343 - Concerning the rights of higher education students involved in military service.

3.     SB 5559 - Authorizing educational specialist degrees at Central Washington University and Western Washington University.

4.     SB 5472 - Authorizing applied doctorate level degrees in audiology at Western Washington University.

5.     SB 5131 - Providing tax incentives for donations of modern laboratory equipment to higher education institutions and vocational skills centers.


Other business.

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Human Services & Corrections*
2/7/13 10:00 am

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

REVISED 2/6/2013 1:58 PM

Public Hearing:

1.     SB 5376 - Concerning juvenile firearms and weapons crimes.

2.     SB 5316 - Adopting a model policy to require a third person to be present during interviews.

3.     SB 5359 - Concerning mandatory reporting of child abuse or neglect by supervised persons.

4.     SB 5480 - Accelerating changes to mental health involuntary commitment laws.

5.     SB 5486 - Providing partial and total confinement options for offenders.


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

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Natural Resources & Parks*
2/7/13 1:30 pm

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

REVISED 2/1/2013 2:14 PM

Work Session: Update on integration of hydraulic project approval and forest practices applications pursuant to SB 6406 (2012).

Public Hearing:

1.     SB 5231 - Ensuring hunter safety.

2.     SB 5575 - Concerning state parks funding.


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

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Trade & Economic Development*
2/7/13 8:00 am

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

REVISED 2/6/2013 1:36 PM

Work Session: Manufacturing in Washington:

a.     Impact Washington presentation.

b.     Update on Lean Manufacturing and Environment Project.

c.     Update on Global Health Technologies Product Development Program.

d.     Association of Washington Business presentation.



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*
2/7/13 3:30 pm

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

REVISED 2/6/2013 8:20 AM

Work Session: SR 520 update (Washington State Department of Transportation).

Public Hearing:

1.     SB 5379 - Concerning nighttime vision acuity testing for driver's license applicants.

2.     SB 5182 - Addressing the disclosure of vehicle owner information (Hearing is on the Proposed Substitute).


The Proposed Substitute is posted on the Committee's website at: http://www.leg.wa.gov/SENATE/COMMITTEES/TRAN/Pages/default.aspx. Possible executive session on bills heard in committee. Other business.

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Ways & Means*
2/7/13 3:30 pm

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

REVISED 2/5/2013 1:54 PM

Public Hearing:

1.     SB 5392 - Limiting the impact of excess compensation on state retirement system contribution rates.

2.     SSB 5078 - Modifying the property tax exemption for nonprofit fairs.

3.     SSB 5222 - Concerning industrial hemp.

4.     SB 5442 - Protecting the state's interest in collecting deferred property taxes.


Executive Session:

1.     SB 5072 - Concerning a sales and use tax exemption for disabled veterans and members of the armed forces for certain equipment and services that assist physically challenged persons to safely operate a motor vehicle.

2.     SB 5383 - Removing one of the restrictions on collecting a pension in the public employees' retirement system for retirees returning to work.

3.     SB 5287 - Eliminating accounts and funds.

4.     SB 5342 - Concerning a sales and use tax exemption for restaurants in respect to certain items that impart flavor to food during the cooking process.

5.     SB 5283 - Concerning a business and occupation tax exemption for the Washington health benefit exchange established under chapter 43.71 RCW.

6.     SB 5138 - Creating a council on state debt.

7.     SB 5132 - Concerning the disclosure of estimated debt service costs.

8.     SB 5445 - Funding capital projects.

9.     SSB 5197 - Taking measures to promote safe school buildings.


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

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