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WA Lege Day 64: Tax preferences and transpo problems

OLYMPIA — The Legislature is back in hearing mode, with committees in each chamber taking up bills the other chamber managed to pass before last week's deadline.

The House Finance Committee gets a report on an always popular topic: tax preferences, or as critics prefer to call them “loopholes.” The Joint Legislative Audit and Review Committee, delivers its final report at 1:30 p.m. on how well some of the tax preferences are working for us.

The House Transportation Committee's afternoon agenda includes a bill that requires better reporting of construction project errors. This at a time when the state has a fairly serious problem with leaking pontoons for the new floating bridge.

Several Senate committees have confirmation hearings for Gov. Jay Inslee's appointments and the Senate Law and Justice Committee looks at a House bill that would ban the sale of “vapor cigarettes” to minors.

Full committee hearing schedule can be found inside the blog.


 

Legislative Meeting Schedule

Monday, March 18, 2013

Time

Committee

Location

 

10:00 AM

PRO FORMA HOUSE SESSION

   
 

Governmental Operations (S)

Senate Hearing Rm 2

 
 

Health Care (S)

Senate Hearing Rm 4

 
 

Human Services & Corrections (S)

Senate Hearing Rm 1

 

12:00 PM

PRO FORMA SENATE SESSION

   

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

 
 

Finance (H)

House Hearing Rm A

 

3:30 PM

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


Appropriations
3/18/13 3:30 pm

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

Public Hearing:

  1. HB 1972- Restructuring and eliminating certain accounts used by the department of enterprise services.
  2. HB 1982- Eliminating lottery games that generate insufficient net revenue.
  3. SB 5220- Addressing membership on city disability boards.
  4. SSB 5287- Eliminating accounts and funds.

 

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Finance
3/18/13 1:30 pm

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

Work Session: JLARC Final Report of 2012 Tax Preference Performance Reviews.

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Transportation
3/18/13 3:30 pm

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

Public Hearing:

  1. HB 1978- Addressing the permitting of certain transportation projects.
  2. HB 1979- Implementing public-private partnership best practices for nontoll transportation projects.
  3. HB 1986- Requiring the reporting of highway construction project errors.
  4. HB 1987- Concerning the design-build procedure for certain transportation projects.
  5. HB 1988- Concerning the application of right-sizing to transportation projects.
  6. HB 1957- Concerning department of transportation project delivery.
  7. HB 1999- Concerning mitigation matching requirements for state transportation projects.

 

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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
3/18/13 1:30 pm

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

Public Hearing:

  1. SGA 9097- Jack Eng, Member, Board of Industrial Insurance Appeals.
  2. SGA 9158- Margarita L Prentice, Member, Gambling Commission.
  3. SHB 1038- Requiring the department of licensing to adopt rules regarding online learning for training in cosmetology, manicuring, barbering, esthetics, and instruction.
  4. SHB 1779- Concerning esthetics.
  5. SB 5173- Excusing work and school absences for a reason of faith or conscience.


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

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Early Learning & K-12 Education
3/18/13 1:30 pm

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

Public Hearing:

  1. E2SHB 1526- Creating a pilot project to increase enrollment of underrepresented students in the running start program.
  2. 2SHB 1424- Enhancing the statewide K-12 dropout prevention, intervention, and reengagement system.
  3. ESHB 1633- Modifying school district bidding requirements for improvement and repair projects.
  4. SHB 1144- Regarding qualifications for educational interpreters.
  5. HB 1369- Using school days for meeting with parents and families as part of the Washington inventory of developing skills.
  6. ESHB 1252- Establishing the Washington K-12 online professional development project.


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

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Governmental Operations
3/18/13 10:00 am

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

Public Hearing:

  1. SHB 1016- Designating facilities and infrastructure of water purveyors as essential public facilities under growth management planning requirements.
  2. SHB 1074- Concerning requirements governing and associated with plat approvals.
  3. HB 1207- Concerning cemetery district formation requirements.
  4. ESHB 1274- Concerning local government practices and procedures.
  5. SHB 1456- Authorizing pretax payroll deductions for qualified transit and parking benefits.
  6. SHB 1806- Addressing the definition of veteran for purposes of veterans' assistance programs.
  7. SHB 1418- Regarding hours of availability of cities, towns, and special purpose districts for inspection and copying of public records.


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

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Health Care
3/18/13 10:00 am

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

Public Hearing:

  1. HB 1441- Addressing long-term care insurance.
  2. SHB 1574- Establishing a fee for certification for the residential services and supports program to cover investigative costs.
  3. SHB 1629- Concerning credentialing and continuing education requirements for long-term care workers.
  4. HB 1631- Concerning planning measures to provide long-term care services and supports needs of the aging population.
  5. EHB 1677- Concerning operators of multiple adult family homes.


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

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Human Services & Corrections*
3/18/13 10:00 am

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

REVISED 3/15/2013 3:14 PM

Work Session: HB 2536 Report on Evidence Based Practices.

Public Hearing:

  1. SGA 9069- Kevin Quigley, Secretary, Department of Social and Health Services.
  2. ESHB 1524- Providing for juvenile mental health diversion and disposition strategies.
  3. SHB 1261- Establishing a resource and assessment center license for agencies to provide short-term emergency and crisis care for children removed from their homes.
  4. SHB 1594- Concerning interviewing children in child protective services investigations at children's advocacy centers.


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

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Law & Justice
3/18/13 1:30 pm

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

Public Hearing:

  1. SGA 9065- John R Batiste, Chief, Washington State Patrol.
  2. SGA 9078- Monica J Benton, Member, Sentencing Guidelines Commission.
  3. HB 1065- Addressing the applicability of statutes of limitation in arbitration proceedings.
  4. HB 1119- Allowing the sheriff to waive fees associated with the service of a writ of habeas corpus under certain circumstances.
  5. EHB 1400- Clarifying that service includes electronic distribution of hearing notices and orders in administrative proceedings.
  6. HB 1937- Prohibiting a person from selling or giving a vapor product designed solely for smoking or ingesting tobacco to a minor.
  7. SHB 1107- Regarding residential provisions for children of parents with military duties.


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

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Ways & Means
3/18/13 3:30 pm

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

Public Hearing: To be announced.

Other business.

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