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WA Lege Day 17: Whole lotta lobbying going on

OLYMPIA — A variety of groups are descending on the Capitol today, trying to convince, cajole or coerce legislators to vote their way on their favorite bills.

It is Have a Heart for Kids Day, which is not to be confused with American Heart Association Lobby Day, which shares the calendar with Dairy Day and NFIB Small Business Day.

The Children's Alliance, which is behind the first of those named days, is having a rally on the Capitol steps around lunchtime, at which Gov. Jay Inslee will speak. Size of the crowd he addresses may be determined by the weather. Rain is in the forecast.

Business groups supporting the last of those listed above will hold a press conference at 3:30 p.m. to talk about their most important issues, at which Senate Majority Leader Rodney Tom and Sen. Janea Holmquist Newbry will speak.

Legislators, meanwhile, have a relatively busy day of committee hearings, with a wide range of  bills, including ideas on election reform, changes to the statute of limitations on sexual assault and whether a person's credit score can be considered when setting the price of a homeowner's insurance policy.

A full list of committee hearings can be found inside the blog.


 

Legislative Meeting Schedule

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Time

Committee

Location

 

8:00 AM

Energy, Environment & Telecommunications (S)

Senate Hearing Rm 4

 
 

Agriculture & Natural Resources (H)

House Hearing Rm B

 
 

Community Development, Housing & Tribal Affairs (H)

House Hearing Rm E

 
 

Judiciary (H)

House Hearing Rm A

 
 

Labor & Workforce Development (H)

House Hearing Rm D

 
 

Technology & Economic Development (H)

House Hearing Rm C

 

10:00 AM

SENATE SESSION/CAUCUS

   
 

HOUSE SESSION/CAUCUS

   

1:30 PM

Commerce & Labor (S)

Senate Hearing Rm 4

 
 

Early Learning & K-12 Education (S)

Senate Hearing Rm 1

 
 

Law & Justice (S)

Senate Hearing Rm 2

 
 

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

 

3:30 PM

Transportation (S)

Senate Hearing Rm 1

 
 

Ways & Means (S)

Senate Hearing Rm 4

 
 

Appropriations Subcommittee on General Government (H)

House Hearing Rm D

 
 

Appropriations Subcommittee on Health & Human Services (H)

House Hearing Rm C

 
 

Appropriations Subcommittee on Education (H)

House Hearing Rm A

 
 

Transportation (H)

House Hearing Rm B

 


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House Committees


Agriculture & Natural Resources
1/30/13 8:00 am

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

Public Hearing:

1.     HB 1192 - Regarding license fees under Title 77 RCW for veterans with disabilities.

2.     HB 1218 - Concerning department of fish and wildlife license suspensions.

3.     HB 1199 - Ensuring hunter safety.

4.     HB 1189 - Ensuring a balanced representation of interests on the fish and wildlife commission.

5.     HB 1200 - Concerning the labeling of seafood.

 

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Appropriations Subcommittee on Education*
1/30/13 3:30 pm

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

REVISED 1/28/2013 10:04 AM

Work Session:

1.     Washington FIRST Robotics program.

2.     Department of Early Learning update on the Race to the Top grant, home visiting, and the Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP).

3.     Joint Task Force on Education Funding recommended enhancements: Implement Career and College Ready Plan, and Accountability, Evaluation, and Common Core.

 

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Appropriations Subcommittee on General Government*
1/30/13 3:30 pm

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

REVISED 1/24/2013 8:01 AM

Work Session:

1.     Brief overview of Governor Gregoire's budget proposal for the Office of the Attorney General.

2.     Update from the Office of the Attorney General on the state costs for the Grays Harbor County Superior Court lawsuit.

3.     Update from the Administrative Office of the Courts on the implementation of the superior court case management system.

4.     Update from the Administrative Office of the Courts on revenue assumptions for the Judicial Stabilization Trust Account.

5.     Update from the Department of Commerce on its Crime Victims and Public Safety Programs.

6.     Overview of Governor Gregoire's budget proposal for the Office of Civil Legal Aid.

7.     Overview of Governor Gregoire's Budget Proposal for the Office Public Defense.


Possible Executive Session: HB 1006 - Removing the requirement that earnings from the Washington horse racing commission operating account be credited to the Washington horse racing commission class C purse fund account.

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Appropriations Subcommittee on Health & Human Services
1/30/13 3:30 pm

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

Work Session: Implementation of changes to the mental health Involuntary Treatment Act and the continuum of resources required to effectively support adults with severe mental illnesses.

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Business & Financial Services
1/30/13 1:30 pm

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

Public Hearing:

1.     HB 1130 - Modifying who is authorized to redeem an impounded vehicle.

2.     HB 1212 - Prohibiting the use of credit history in insurance coverage related to a residence.


Executive Session:

1.     HB 1325 - Addressing fees and semiannual assessments, powers, lending limits, and technical amendments related to state-chartered banks, savings banks, savings associations, and trust companies.

2.     HB 1326 - Addressing the consumer loan act.

3.     HB 1327 - Addressing licensing and enforcement provisions applicable to money transmitters.

4.     HB 1328 - Regulating mortgage brokers.

 

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Community Development, Housing & Tribal Affairs*
1/30/13 8:00 am

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

REVISED 1/28/2013 4:36 PM

Public Hearing:

1.     HB 1187 - Concerning grants for community outdoor and indoor athletic facilities.

2.     HB 1277 - Concerning tribes holding conservation easements.

3.     HB 1286 - Authorizing the sale or exchange of unused department of transportation lands to federally recognized Indian tribes.

4.     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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Environment*
1/30/13 1:30 pm

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

REVISED 1/25/2013 10:09 AM

Public Hearing:

1.     HB 1235 - Prioritizing state investments in storm water control.

2.     HB 1237 - Regarding the creation of a storm water compliance project.

3.     HB 1275 - Regarding water discharge fees.


Possible Executive Session:

1.     HB 1017 - Creating new efficiency standards.

2.     Bills previously heard in committee.

 

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Government Operations & Elections*
1/30/13 1:30 pm

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

REVISED 1/25/2013 1:34 PM

Public Hearing:

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 1121 - Providing for the election of members of the house of representatives from house districts within each legislative district.

3.     HB 1413 - Enacting the Washington voting rights act of 2013.

 

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Higher Education*
1/30/13 1:30 pm

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

REVISED 1/29/2013 3:06 PM

Work Session:

1.     Integrating Higher Education, Employment, and Social Services: Report of the Opportunity Center for Employment and Education at North Seattle Community College.

2.     Opportunity Grant: State Board for Community and Technical Colleges.

3.     The 13th Year Promise Scholarship: South Seattle Community College.


Public Hearing:

1.     HB 1322 - Allowing nonprofit institutions recognized by the state of Washington to be eligible to participate in the state need grant program.

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

 

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Judiciary*
1/30/13 8:00 am

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

REVISED 1/29/2013 11:35 AM

Executive Session:

1.     HB 1024 - Addressing service animals.

2.     HB 1027 - Implementing changes to child support based on the child support schedule work group report.


Public Hearing:

1.     HB 1107 - Regarding residential provisions for children of parents with military duties.

2.     HB 1119 - Allowing the sheriff to waive fees associated with the service of a writ of habeas corpus under certain circumstances.

3.     HB 1145 - Providing credit towards child support obligations for veterans benefits.

4.     HB 1227 - Regarding cost savings and efficiencies in mailing notices of possible license suspension for noncompliance with child support orders.

5.     HB 1370 - Concerning notice requirements for homeowners' associations meetings.

 

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Labor & Workforce Development
1/30/13 8:00 am

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

Public Hearing:

1.     HB 1110 - Addressing respirator requirements for asbestos abatement projects.

2.     HB 1247 - Modifying job skills program provisions.

3.     HB 1249 - Exempting from prevailing wage requirements public works projects undertaken to repair fire damage.

4.     HB 1254 - Addressing prevailing wage filings.

5.     HB 1255 - Concerning exemptions from prevailing wage for school plant facilities receiving state funding assistance through the school construction assistance program.


Possible Executive Session: Bills previously heard in committee.

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Public Safety*
1/30/13 1:30 pm

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

REVISED 1/25/2013 3:15 PM

Public Hearing:

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

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

3.     HB 1098 - Addressing bail practices.


Possible Executive Session:

1.     HB 1047 - Concerning photographs, microphotographs, and electronic images from traffic safety cameras and toll systems.

2.     HB 1059 - Providing that a proclamation of a state of emergency is effective upon the governor's signature.

3.     HB 1060 - Scoring an offense a class C felony equivalent if the offense was a felony under the relevant out-of-state statute when there is no clearly comparable offense under Washington law.

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

5.     HB 1126 - Concerning state fire service mobilization.

6.     HB 1127 - Developing prefire mitigation plans.

7.     HB 1131 - Adding persons who serve legal process to assault in the third degree provisions.

8.     Bills previously heard in committee.

 

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Technology & Economic Development
1/30/13 8:00 am

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

Work Session:

1.     Overview of various types of economic development zones.

2.     Update of report on trends in telecommunications and pathways for regulatory reform.

 

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Transportation*
1/30/13 3:30 pm

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

REVISED 1/25/2013 11:38 AM

Work Session:

1.     County and city transportation issues - Introduction and 2013 priorities.

2.     Regional Transportation Planning Organizations (RTPOs) and Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) - Introduction and role in the state and local transportation systems.

3.     Regional business-led coalitions with transportation interests - Introduction and role in the state and local transportation system.

4.     Washington State Department of Transportation Highways and Local Programs - Introduction and role in the state and local transportation system.

 

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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


Commerce & Labor*
1/30/13 1:30 pm

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

REVISED 1/29/2013 7:56 AM

Work Session: Work session on teen employment.

Public Hearing: SB 5275 - Allowing employers to pay a training wage for a specified period of time.

Executive Session:

1.     SB 5056 - Allowing a person to apply for a work permit for the employment of minors without completing a new master application under certain circumstances.

2.     SB 5077 - Making technical corrections to certain gender-based terms.


Other business.

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Early Learning & K-12 Education*
1/30/13 1:30 pm

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

REVISED 1/28/2013 9:40 AM

Public Hearing:

1.     SB 5328 - Creating a school-grading program that relies on the accountability index. (Hearing is on the Proposed Substitute.)

2.     SB 5329 - Creating the state superintendent school district.

3.     SB 5237 - Establishing accountability for student performance in third grade.

4.     SB 5243 - Establishing policies to support academic acceleration for high school students.


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

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Energy, Environment & Telecommunications*
1/30/13 8:00 am

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

REVISED 1/29/2013 3:39 PM

Public Hearing:

1.     Concerning telecommunications tax parity [S-0577.3].

2.     SB 5351 - Creating a state universal communications service program.


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

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Law & Justice*
1/30/13 1:30 pm

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

REVISED 1/29/2013 3:54 PM

Public Hearing:

1.     SB 5102 - Concerning veterinarian immunity from liability when reporting suspected animal cruelty.

2.     SB 5100 - Addressing the statute of limitations for sexual abuse against a child. (Hearing is on the Proposed Substitute.)

3.     SB 5048 - Concerning notice against trespass.

4.     SB 5149 - Concerning crimes against pharmacies.


Executive Session: SB 5010 - Establishing that courts may order an offender to refrain from the consumption of marijuana as a part of community custody conditions.

The proposed substitute is available from committee staff or on the committee's website, http://www.leg.wa.gov/Senate/Committees/LAW/Pages/default.aspx, as soon as they are available. Other business.

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Transportation
1/30/13 3:30 pm

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

Public Hearing:

1.     SB 5051 - Authorizing online driver's education for the classroom portion of traffic safety education courses.

2.     SB 5093 - Concerning a transportation benefit district vehicle fee.

3.     SB 5161 - Authorizing certain eligible family members of United States armed forces members who died while in service or as a result of service to apply for gold star license plates.

4.     SB 5050 - Authorizing registered tow truck operators to carry passengers in a vehicle attached to a flatbed tow truck under certain situations.


Work Session: Driver's license updates- Department of Licensing:

a.     Driver training school- driver's license testing.

b.     REAL ID.

c.     New federal commercial driver's license requirements.



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

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Ways & Means*
1/30/13 3:30 pm

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

REVISED 1/24/2013 10:21 AM

Work Session: Capital Budget Overview.

Public Hearing:

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

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

3.     SB 5103 - Concerning grants for community outdoor and indoor athletic facilities.

4.     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.


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

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