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WA Lege Day 73: Budget transparency

OLYMPIA — Legislative committees have a fairly full day of hearings today, on topics large and small, ranging from legislation on spaying pets to a work session on the Washington State University global campus.

The Legislature will also get a grade on transparency in how it spends its money from the Washington Public Interest Research Group, which is part of an effort grading all states on how easy it is to follow online their government spending data. It's an A through F system, not pass-fail.

The Children's Alliance is holding its “Homesick for Spokane” luncheon, an annual event where groups that work on children's issues feed food from the Spokane area to legislators who may be missing it. The Aerospace Futures Alliance will also be pushing for legislation it likes.

For a complete list of committee hearings, check inside the blog.


 

Legislative Meeting Schedule

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Time

Committee

Location

 

8:00 AM

Agriculture & Natural Resources (H)

House Hearing Rm B

 
 

Judiciary (H)

House Hearing Rm A

 

10:00 AM

PRO FORMA SENATE SESSION

   
 

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

 
 

Higher Education (H)

House Hearing Rm A

 

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 B

 
 

Appropriations Subcommittee on Education (H)

House Hearing Rm A

 

5:30 PM

Health Care (S)

Senate Hearing Rm 4

 


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House Committees


Agriculture & Natural Resources*
3/27/13 8:00 am

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

REVISED 3/21/2013 9:01 AM

Public Hearing:

  1. SSB 5202- Creating the companion animal safety, population control, and spay/neuter assistance program.
  2. ESB 5596- Regarding certain lake management activities on lands owned by the state of Washington.


Executive Session:

  1. SB 5337- Modifying expiration dates affecting the department of natural resources' timber sale program.
  2. SSB 5786- Requiring certain information in commercial fishing guide license applications.

 

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Appropriations Subcommittee on Education*
3/27/13 3:30 pm

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

REVISED 3/25/2013 5:25 PM

Work Session: Update on the Urban School Turnaround Initiative.

Public Hearing:

  1. SSB 5615- Concerning the health professional loan repayment and scholarship program.
  2. ESSB 5709- Concerning a pilot program to demonstrate the feasibility of using densified biomass to heat public schools.


Possible Executive Session:

  1. SB 5472- Authorizing applied doctorate level degrees in audiology at Western Washington University.
  2. SB 5809- Changing provisions relating to the home visiting services account.

 

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Appropriations Subcommittee on General Government*
3/27/13 3:30 pm

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

REVISED 3/22/2013 3:41 PM

Work Session: Washington Military Department - Brief agency overview and update on the Department's Emergency Management Division.

Public Hearing:

  1. SB 5052- Increasing the number of superior court judges in Whatcom county.
  2. SB 5069- Increasing the number of superior court judges in Benton and Franklin counties jointly.
  3. SB 5516- Establishing the criminal justice training commission firing range maintenance account.
  4. SSB 5760- Providing compensation for commercial crop damage caused by bighorn sheep.


Possible Executive Session:

  1. SB 5052- Increasing the number of superior court judges in Whatcom county.
  2. SB 5069- Increasing the number of superior court judges in Benton and Franklin counties jointly.

 

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Appropriations Subcommittee on Health & Human Services*
3/27/13 3:30 pm

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

MEETING CANCELLED.

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Business & Financial Services*
3/27/13 1:30 pm

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

REVISED 3/21/2013 9:34 AM

Public Hearing: ESSB 5312- Authorizing small consumer installment loans.

Executive Session: ESSB 5338- Addressing debt adjuster compensation.

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Environment*
3/27/13 1:30 pm

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

REVISED 3/26/2013 1:13 PM

Public Hearing:

  1. SB 5658- Concerning mercury-containing lights.
  2. ESSB 5290- Designating certain hydroelectric generation from a generation facility located in irrigation pipes, irrigation canals, water pipes whose primary purpose is for conveyance of water for domestic use, and wastewater pipes as an eligible renewable resource under chapter 19.285 RCW.


Executive Session:

  1. ESSB 5458- Concerning the labeling of certain asbestos-containing building materials.
  2. ESB 5603- Establishing the Washington coastal marine advisory council and the Washington marine resources advisory council.


Work Session: Overview of current issues pertaining to the Department of Ecology and the Department of Commerce.

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Higher Education
3/27/13 1:30 pm

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

Work Session:

  1. Innovations in Higher Education.
  2. Washington State University's Global Campus.
  3. Innovations at community and technical colleges.
  4. Student financial aid policies and programs: Roundtable discussion.

 

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Judiciary*
3/27/13 8:00 am

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

REVISED 3/21/2013 3:09 PM

Executive Session:

  1. ESSB 5176- Addressing criminal incompetency and civil commitment.
  2. ESB 5221- Requiring notification of release of a person following dismissal of charges based on incompetence to stand trial.
  3. SB 5344- Revising state statutes concerning trusts.
  4. SSB 5135- Concerning judicial proceedings and forms.
  5. SB 5446- Providing a process for the state auditor's office to apply for investigative subpoenas.
  6. SSB 5256- Concerning the confidentiality of certain autopsy and postmortem reports and records.
  7. ESB 5048- Concerning notice against trespass.
  8. SB 5541- Concerning the redemption of real property.
  9. SSB 5182- Addressing the disclosure of vehicle owner information.
  10. SSB 5264- Concerning the transportation and storage of certain explosive devices.
  11. ESSB 5480- Concerning mental health involuntary commitment laws.
  12. SSB 5165- Increasing the authority of superior court commissioners to hear and determine certain matters.
  13. SSB 5282- Creating a statewide database of mental health commitment information.
  14. ESSB 5551- Concerning competency to stand trial evaluations.


Public Hearing:

  1. SB 5797- Encouraging the establishment of effective specialty courts.
  2. ESB 5860- Addressing legal proceedings by the attorney general on behalf of superior court judges.
  3. SB 5015- Including a child fourteen or younger in the aggravated first degree murder provisions.

 

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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*
3/27/13 1:30 pm

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

REVISED 3/25/2013 4:36 PM

Public Hearing:

  1. SGA 9103- Marilyn Glenn Sayan, Chair, Public Employment Relations Commission.
  2. SHB 1010- Concerning antifreeze products.
  3. HB 1036- Regulating service contracts.
  4. SHB 1487- Clarifying the terminology and duties of the real estate agency relationship law to be consistent with other existing laws.
  5. SHB 1853- Clarifying that real estate brokers licensed under chapter 18.85 RCW are independent contractors.
  6. ESHB 1870- Addressing methods of payment.
  7. HB 1608- Concerning the marine employees' commission.


Executive Session:

  1. SHB 1038- Requiring the department of licensing to adopt rules regarding online learning for training in cosmetology, manicuring, barbering, esthetics, and instruction.
  2. HB 1442- Providing increased access to parimutuel satellite locations in counties with a population exceeding one million.
  3. HB 1469- Addressing industrial insurance for horse racing employment.
  4. EHB 1470- Addressing the recommendations of the vocational rehabilitation subcommittee for workers' compensation.
  5. HB 1863- Allowing the department of labor and industries to provide information about certain scholarships.
  6. HB 1468- Modifying payment methods on certain claimants' benefits.
  7. HB 1124- Concerning recommendations for streamlining reporting requirements for taxes and fees on spirits.
  8. ESHB 1620- Concerning passenger-carrying vehicles for railroad employees.
  9. HB 1056- Authorizing certain corporate officers to receive unemployment benefits.
  10. HB 1311- Making coverage of certain maritime service elective for purposes of unemployment compensation.
  11. EHB 1394- Changing the employment security department's settlement authority.
  12. EHB 1395- Implementing the unemployment insurance integrity provisions of the federal trade adjustment assistance extension act of 2011.
  13. EHB 1396- Changing the unemployment insurance shared work program by adopting short-time compensation provisions in the federal middle class tax relief and job creation act of 2012.
  14. HB 1684- Defining suitable work to include a minimum age requirement.
  15. HB 1903- Providing unemployment insurance benefit charging relief for part-time employers who continue to employ a claimant on a part-time basis and the claimant qualified for two consecutive claims with wages attributable to at least one employer who employed the claimant in both base years.


Other business.

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Early Learning & K-12 Education*
3/27/13 1:30 pm

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

REVISED 3/25/2013 4:33 PM

Public Hearing: SGA 9112- Lester T Herndon, Member, Professional Educator Standards Board.

Executive Session:

  1. E2SHB 1134- Authorizing state-tribal education compact schools.
  2. HB 1173- Regarding the financial education public-private partnership.
  3. HB 1178- Authorizing alternative assessments of basic skills for teacher certification.
  4. ESHB 1252- Establishing the Washington K-12 online professional development project.
  5. ESHB 1336- Increasing the capacity of school districts to recognize and respond to troubled youth.
  6. 2SHB 1424- Enhancing the statewide K-12 dropout prevention, intervention, and reengagement system.
  7. E2SHB 1526- Creating a pilot project to increase enrollment of underrepresented students in the running start program.
  8. SHB 1541- Expanding the types of medications that a public or private school employee may administer to include nasal spray.
  9. ESHB 1633- Modifying school district bidding requirements for improvement and repair projects.
  10. 2SHB 1642- Establishing policies to support academic acceleration for high school students.
  11. 2SHB 1723- Concerning early learning opportunities.
  12. E2SHB 1872- Establishing a comprehensive initiative to increase learning opportunities and improve educational outcomes in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics through multiple strategies and statewide partnerships.
  13. SHB 1812- Extending the time frame for making expenditures under the urban school turnaround initiative.


Other business.

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Energy, Environment & Telecommunications*
3/27/13 8:00 am

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

MEETING CANCELLED.

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Health Care *
3/27/13 5:30 pm

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

REVISED 3/22/2013 9:07 AM

Public Hearing:

  1. ESHB 1448- Regarding telemedicine.
  2. ESHB 1480- Concerning the provision of prescription drugs by direct practice providers.
  3. EHB 1538- Encouraging the safe practice of public health nurses dispensing certain medications.
  4. EHB 1808- Addressing the proper disposal of legal amounts of marijuana inadvertently left at retail stores holding a pharmacy license.
  5. ESHB 1773- Concerning the practice of midwifery.
  6. HB 1800- Concerning the compounding of medications for physician offices or ambulatory surgical centers or facilities to be used by a physician for ophthalmic purposes for nonspecific patients.
  7. HB 1003- Concerning disciplinary actions against the health professions license of the subject of a department of social and health services' finding.
  8. SHB 1409- Regarding the requirements of allopathic physician licensure.
  9. SHB 1737- Concerning supervision of physician assistants.
  10. SHB 1376- Clarifying the requirement that certain health professionals complete training in suicide assessment, treatment, and management.
  11. E2SHB 1445- Concerning complex rehabilitation technology products.


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

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Law & Justice
3/27/13 1:30 pm

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

Public Hearing:

  1. SHB 1116- Adopting the uniform collaborative law act.
  2. ESHB 1000- Providing immunity for health care providers following directions contained in a form developed pursuant to RCW 43.70.480.
  3. ESHB 1341- Creating a claim for compensation for wrongful conviction and imprisonment.


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

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Transportation
3/27/13 3:30 pm

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

Public Hearing: To be announced.

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

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Ways & Means*
3/27/13 3:30 pm

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

REVISED 3/25/2013 1:02 PM

Public Hearing:

  1. HB 1631- Concerning planning measures to provide long-term care services and supports needs of the aging population.
  2. SHB 1180- Addressing death benefits for volunteer firefighters and reserve officers.
  3. SB 5865- Exempting from use tax certain purchases from nonprofit organizations or libraries sold as a fund-raising activity.


Executive Session:

  1. SHB 1635- Concerning disproportionate share hospital adjustments.
  2. SHB 1568- Concerning the business licensing service program administered by the department of revenue.
  3. 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.
  4. SHB 1141- Establishing a water pollution control revolving loan administration charge.
  5. SHB 1889- Concerning the fruit and vegetable district fund.
  6. 2SHB 1663- Extending the sales and use tax exemption for hog fuel used to produce electricity, steam, heat, or biofuel.
  7. EHB 1733- Requiring capital and transportation project investments to be searchable by the public for certain detailed information.


Other business.


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