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Thu., Jan. 31, 2013, 12:46 p.m.

WA Lege 18: Abortion debate in the a.m., motorcycle helmets in the p.m.

OLYMPIA -- Some hot button issues for legislative committees today, with a hearing on a bill that involves abortion in the morning.

The House Health Care Committee had a full room for a hearing on the Reproductive Parity Act, which would require insurance plans in Washington that offer coverage for live births to also offer coverage for abortions. Such big crowds were espected that tents are set up on the Capitol Campus as gathering spots.

The Senate Transportation Committee will likely have a crowd this afternoon for a proposal to let anyone over 18 ride a motorcycle without a helmet. It's one of the big priorities of groups like ABATE, which stands for A Brotherhood Against Totalitarian Enactments, and will likely result in more witnesses wearing leather or biker colors than suits and ties.

Elsewhere around the Capitol, there are lobbying groups from the Physical Therapy Association and the service employees union.

A complete list of hearings is inside the blog.

Legislative Meeting Schedule

 

Thursday, January 31, 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

 

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

 
 

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 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

 

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
1/31/13 1:30 pm

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

Public Hearing:

  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.


Executive Session:

  1. HB 1071- Regarding state and private partnerships for managing salmonid hatcheries.
  2. HB 1075- Concerning the number of Puget Sound Dungeness crab fishery licenses that one vessel may be designated to carry.
  3. HB 1073- Concerning payments to counties in lieu of property taxes on state-owned land.

 

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Appropriations
1/31/13 3:30 pm

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

Work Session:

  1. Briefing on higher education.
  2. Briefing on natural resources programs.

 

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Business & Financial Services*
1/31/13 10:00 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
1/31/13 1:30 pm

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

Work Session: Update on farmworker housing and services.

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Early Learning & Human Services
1/31/13 8:00 am

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

Public Hearing:

  1. HB 1172- Concerning the children of family day care providers.
  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.
  3. HB 1204- Concerning sibling visitation for children in foster care.

 

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Education
1/31/13 8:00 am

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

Work Session: Educator Certification Refresher.

Public Hearing:

  1. HB 1178- Authorizing alternative assessments of basic skills for teacher certification.
  2. HB 1252- Establishing the Washington K-12 online professional development project.
  3. HB 1304- Authorizing approval of online school programs in private schools.
  4. HB 1283- Changing compulsory school attendance requirements for children six and seven years of age.

 

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Environment*
1/31/13 10:00 am

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

REVISED 1/25/2013 10:10 AM

Public Hearing:

  1. HB 1193- Notifying landowners of applications to construct wind turbines.
  2. HB 1314- Concerning municipally produced class A biosolids.
  3. HB 1374- Concerning the energy facility site evaluation council.


Possible Executive Session: Bills previously heard in committee.

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Government Accountability & Oversight*
1/31/13 9:00 am

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

MEETING CANCELLED.

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Government Operations & Elections
1/31/13 10:00 am

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

Public Hearing:

  1. HB 1162- Enacting the regulatory fairness act of 2013.
  2. HB 1197- Concerning open public meetings.
  3. HJR 4204- Amending the Constitution to require legislative approval of certain agency rules.

 

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Health Care & Wellness
1/31/13 8:00 am

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

Work Session: Introduction to health care payment models.

Public Hearing:

  1. HB 1003- Concerning disciplinary actions against the health professions license of the subject of a department of social and health services' finding.
  2. HB 1044- Concerning health plan coverage for the voluntary termination of a pregnancy.

 

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Higher Education*
1/31/13 10:00 am

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

REVISED 1/29/2013 1:37 PM

Work Session:

  1. Financial aid counseling: Panel.
  2. The Guaranteed Education Tuition Program: OPR Staff, Office of the State Actuary, and the Office of the State Treasurer.

 

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Judiciary
1/31/13 1:30 pm

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

Public Hearing:

  1. HB 1194- Limiting liability for habitat projects.
  2. HB 1186- Concerning veterinarian immunity from liability when reporting suspected animal cruelty.
  3. HB 1201- Preventing animal cruelty.
  4. HB 1202- Preventing animal cruelty.

 

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Labor & Workforce Development*
1/31/13 1:30 pm

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

REVISED 1/29/2013 12:50 PM

Work Session: Briefing from the Department of Labor and Industries on its annual Fraud Prevention and Compliance Report.

Public Hearing:

  1. HB 1440- Ensuring fairness to employers by protecting employees.
  2. HB 1473- Requiring certain entities to report payments for construction services.


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. Bills previously heard in committee.

 

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Local Government*
1/31/13 8:00 am

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

REVISED 1/28/2013 2:54 PM

Possible Executive Session:

  1. HB 1016- Designating facilities and infrastructure of water purveyors as essential public facilities under growth management planning requirements.
  2. HB 1040- Concerning real property valuation notices.
  3. HB 1049- Concerning the administration and operation of flood control districts.
  4. HB 1052- Concerning local government selection of appropriate sewer systems in urban areas.
  5. HB 1053- Requiring notice to property owners when a county, city, or town modifies its zoning requirements.
  6. HB 1090- Increasing the dollar amount for construction of a dock that does not qualify as a substantial development under the shoreline management act.
  7. HB 1104- Incentivizing up-front environmental planning and review.
  8. HB 1128- Regarding local agencies' responses to public records requests.
  9. HB 1158- Concerning the annexation of property owned by the state for military purposes.
  10. HB 1179- Revising the lien for collection of sewer charges by counties.
  11. HB 1185- Concerning equitable allocation of auditor costs.
  12. HB 1207- Concerning cemetery district formation requirements.
  13. HB 1217- Strengthening the integrity, fairness, and equity in Washington's property assessment system.
  14. HB 1239- Concerning the powers of water-sewer districts.
  15. HB 1241- Concerning contractor's bond.

 

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Public Safety
1/31/13 10:00 am

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

Public Hearing:

  1. HB 1225- Regarding cost savings and efficiencies in mailing notices of revocation to habitual traffic offenders.
  2. HB 1305- Modifying vehicle prowling provisions.
  3. HB 1262- Eliminating the disparate treatment of HIV in the criminal justice system.
  4. HB 1291- Concerning services for victims of the sex trade.
  5. HB 1292- Vacating prostitution convictions.


Possible Executive Session : Bills previously heard in committee.

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Technology & Economic Development*
1/31/13 1:30 pm

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

REVISED 1/29/2013 5:45 PM

Work Session: Technology privacy laws, consumer rights, and intellectual property.

Executive Session: HB 1183- Regarding wireless communications structures.

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Transportation*
1/31/13 3:30 pm

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

REVISED 1/24/2013 5:19 PM

Public Hearing:

  1. HB 1242- Concerning the authority of a vehicle subagent to recommend a successor.
  2. HB 1129- Concerning ferry vessel replacement.
  3. HB 1379- Concerning private motorcycle skills education programs.

 

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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
1/31/13 10:00 am

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

Public Hearing: SB 5071- Concerning the relinquishment of a water right.

Work Session:

  1. Report by the Walla Walla Watershed Management Partnership.
  2. Status report on federal funding of Washington State University Agricultural Research programs.


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

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Energy, Environment & Telecommunications*
1/31/13 1:30 pm

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

REVISED 1/28/2013 4:10 PM

Public Hearing:

  1. SB 5098- Regarding wireless communications structures.
  2. SB 5154- Exempting from business and occupation tax certain amounts received by cooperative finance organizations.


Work Session: Presentations from the Fourth Annual Clean Energy Independence Day:

  1. Tri-Cities Mid-Columbia Energy Initiative (MCEI).
  2. Accelerating Innovation in the Energy Sector: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
  3. Small modular reactors and overview of Columbia Generating Station: Energy Northwest.



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

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Financial Institutions, Housing & Insurance*
1/31/13 1:30 pm

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

REVISED 1/28/2013 3:51 PM

Work Session: Washington State's Financial Cluster Study Report.

Public Hearing:

  1. SB 5065- Regulating the settling of certain insurer transactions.
  2. SB 5168- Removing the insurance premium tax credit under the Washington insurance guaranty association act.
  3. SB 5008- Addressing portable electronics insurance (Hearing is on the Proposed Substitute).
  4. 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.
  5. SB 5344- Revising state statutes concerning trusts.


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/FIHI/Pages/default.aspx, as soon as they are available. Possible executive session on bills heard in committee. Other business.

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Governmental Operations
1/31/13 10:00 am

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

Public Hearing:

  1. SB 5257- Modifying time frames applicable to certain public disclosure commission requirements.
  2. SB 5258- Aggregating the cost of related ballot measure advertisements for purposes of top five sponsor identification requirements.


Executive Session: SB 5002- Concerning mosquito control districts.

Work Session: Overview of a new feature to allow public comments on bills through the legislative website.

Other business.

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Health Care *
1/31/13 10:00 am

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

REVISED 1/25/2013 4:48 PM

Public Hearing:

  1. SB 5144- Modifying medical assistant provisions.
  2. SB 5148- Allowing for redistribution of medications under certain conditions.
  3. SB 5215- Providing that health care professional licensees may not be required to participate in any public or private third-party reimbursement program. (Hearing is on the Proposed Substitute.)


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/HLTH/Pages/default.aspx, as soon as they are available. Possible executive session on bills heard in committee. Other business.

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Higher Education*
1/31/13 1:30 pm

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

REVISED 1/24/2013 9:07 AM

Work Session: Higher education's response to industry needs:

  1. Public baccalaureate institutions.
  2. Community and technical colleges.
  3. Private and independent institutions.



Other business.

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Human Services & Corrections*
1/31/13 10:00 am

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

REVISED 1/30/2013 2:52 PM

Public Hearing:

  1. SB 5105- Asserting conditions under which the department of corrections provides rental vouchers to a registered sex offender (Hearing is on the proposed substitute).
  2. SB 5140- Limiting alternatives to confinement for certain offenders who violate terms of community custody.
  3. SB 5177- Creating an office of corrections ombuds.
  4. SB 5175- Concerning sexual assault protection orders.


The Proposed Substitute is posted on the Committee's website at: http://www.leg.wa.gov/Senate/Committees/HSC/Pages/default.aspxand are also available from committee staff. Possible executive session on bills heard in committee. Other business.

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Natural Resources & Parks*
1/31/13 1:30 pm

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

REVISED 1/28/2013 4:14 PM

Work Session: Elk management & agricultural damage.

Public Hearing:

  1. SB 5212- Expanding membership of the Washington state horse park authority.
  2. SB 5137- Concerning department of fish and wildlife license suspensions.
  3. SB 5081- Regarding unlawful trade in shark fins.


Other business.

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Trade & Economic Development
1/31/13 8:00 am

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

Work Session: Trade development organizations on international competitiveness.

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*
1/31/13 3:30 pm

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

REVISED 1/24/2013 5:36 PM

Public Hearing:

  1. SB 5141- Allowing motorcycles to stop and proceed through traffic control signals under certain conditions.
  2. SB 5142- Incorporating motorcycles into certain transportation planning.
  3. SB 5143- Limiting mandatory motorcycle helmet use to persons under the age of eighteen.
  4. SB 5263- Concerning motorcycles overtaking and passing pedestrians and bicyclists.


Work Session: "Council on State Debt" proposal- impacts on state transportation financing (Office of State Treasurer).

Possible executive session on bills heard in committee. Other business. Public hearing limited to 90 minutes.

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Ways & Means*
1/31/13 3:30 pm

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

REVISED 1/30/2013 2:31 PM

Work Session:

  1. Corrections Overview.
  2. Criminal Justice Trends and Cost Effectiveness.
  3. Agency key issues and recommendations.
  4. Stakeholders - key issues and recommendations.
  5. Fiscal Impact of State Tort Liability.


Other business.

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