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WA Lege Day 43: Senate budget to be released

OLYMPIA — Members of the Senate from both parties will unveil their proposal for a supplemental budget this afternoon, a day before they hold a hearing on it in the Ways and Means Committee.

Not much time, government watchdog Jason Mercier of the Washington Policy Center says, but better than the usual schedule of announce it at noon and hold the hearing a few hours later. A whole day to review is “progress,” he said.

Other than the budget “rollout”, there's a fairly full schedule of committee hearings and some potential floor votes. Hearing schedule can be found inside the blog.


Legislative Meeting Schedule

Monday, February 24, 2014

Time

Committee

Location

 

10:00 AM

HOUSE SESSION/CAUCUS

   
 

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

 

12:00 PM

PRO FORMA SENATE SESSION

   
 

SENATE DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS

   
 

SENATE MAJORITY COALITION CAUCUS

   

1:30 PM

Commerce & Labor (S)

Senate Hearing Rm 4

 
 

Law & Justice (S)

Senate Hearing Rm 2

 
 

Early Learning & Human Services (H)

House Hearing Rm C

 
 

Education (H)

House Hearing Rm A

 
 

Government Accountability & Oversight (H)

House Hearing Rm E

 
 

Health Care & Wellness (H)

House Hearing Rm B

 
 

Local Government (H)

House Hearing Rm D

 

3:30 PM

Transportation (S)

Senate Hearing Rm 1

 
 

Appropriations (H)

House Hearing Rm A

 
 

Transportation (H)

House Hearing Rm B

 


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House Committees


Appropriations*
2/24/14 3:30 pm

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

REVISED 2/20/2014 11:58 AM

Public Hearing:

  1. HB 2790 - Adjusting timelines relating to the hospital safety net assessment.
  2. ESSB 5889 - Modifying snowmobile license fees.
  3. SB 6201 - Creating an optional life annuity benefit for plan 2 members of the law enforcement officers' and firefighters' retirement system.
  4. SB 6321 - Removing the statutory provision that allows members of plan 3 of the public employees' retirement system, school employees' retirement system, and teachers' retirement system to select a new contribution rate option each year.
  5. SB 6328 - Concerning deferred compensation plans.


Possible Executive Session:

  1. HB 2790 - Adjusting timelines relating to the hospital safety net assessment.
  2. ESSB 5889 - Modifying snowmobile license fees.
  3. SB 6201 - Creating an optional life annuity benefit for plan 2 members of the law enforcement officers' and firefighters' retirement system.
  4. SB 6321 - Removing the statutory provision that allows members of plan 3 of the public employees' retirement system, school employees' retirement system, and teachers' retirement system to select a new contribution rate option each year.

 

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Early Learning & Human Services*
2/24/14 1:30 pm

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

REVISED 2/21/2014 10:42 AM

Public Hearing:

  1. ESSB 6181 - Concerning child care subsidies and child support enforcement services.
  2. SSB 6387 - Concerning individuals with developmental disabilities who have requested a service from a program that is already at capacity.
  3. SB 6122 - Concerning long-term planning for developmental disabilities services.
  4. SSB 6211 - Concerning the termination of basic food benefits to incarcerated persons.


Possible Executive Session: ESSB 6479 - Providing caregivers authority to allow children placed in their care to participate in normal childhood activities based on a reasonable and prudent parent standard.

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Education
2/24/14 1:30 pm

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

Public Hearing:

  1. 2SSB 5958 - Concerning accountability in providing opportunities for certain students to participate in transition services.
  2. SSB 6064 - Requiring an analysis of how school districts use school days.
  3. SSB 6074 - Enacting provisions to improve educational outcomes for homeless students.
  4. SB 6093 - Allowing valid portable background check clearance cards issued by the department of early learning to be used by certain educational employees and their contractors for purposes of their background check requirements.
  5. SB 6424 - Establishing a state seal of biliteracy for high school students.
  6. SSB 6418 - Creating flexibility for the educator retooling conditional scholarship program.
  7. E2SSB 6552 - Improving student success by modifying instructional hour and graduation requirements.

 

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Government Accountability & Oversight*
2/24/14 1:30 pm

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

REVISED 2/21/2014 4:14 PM

Public Hearing:

  1. SSB 6442 - Allowing sales of growlers of cider.
  2. ESSB 5731 - Allowing beer and/or wine specialty shop licensees to sell products made by distillers that produce sixty thousand gallons or less of spirits per year.
  3. SSB 6226 - Concerning sales by craft and general licensed distilleries of spirits for off-premise consumption and spirits samples for on-premise consumption.
  4. SSB 6237 - Concerning license issuance fees imposed on former contract liquor stores.
  5. SB 6514 - Modifying the definition of qualifying farmers markets for the purposes of serving and sampling beer and wine.


Executive Session:

  1. ESSB 5731 - Allowing beer and/or wine specialty shop licensees to sell products made by distillers that produce sixty thousand gallons or less of spirits per year.
  2. SSB 6226 - Concerning sales by craft and general licensed distilleries of spirits for off-premise consumption and spirits samples for on-premise consumption.
  3. SSB 6237 - Concerning license issuance fees imposed on former contract liquor stores.
  4. SSB 6442 - Allowing sales of growlers of cider.
  5. SB 6514 - Modifying the definition of qualifying farmers markets for the purposes of serving and sampling beer and wine.

 

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Health Care & Wellness*
2/24/14 1:30 pm

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

REVISED 2/20/2014 12:21 PM

Public Hearing:

  1. ESSB 6016 - Concerning the grace period for enrollees of the Washington health benefit exchange.
  2. SSB 6124 - Developing a state Alzheimer's plan.
  3. ESSB 6137 - Regulating pharmacy benefit managers and pharmacy audits.
  4. ESSB 6228 - Concerning transparency tools for consumer information on health care cost and quality.
  5. SB 6138 - Allowing the Washington state dental quality assurance commission to adopt rules regarding credential renewal requirements for dental professionals.
  6. ESB 6458 - Addressing the office of the insurance commissioner and matters related to health care insurance.
  7. ESSB 6511 - Addressing the prior authorization of health care services.
  8. ESSB 6265 - Concerning state and local agencies that obtain patient health care information.
  9. SSB 6283 - Clarifying the practice of a phlebotomist.
  10. SSB 6453 - Concerning verification of hours worked through electronic timekeeping by area agencies on aging and home care agencies.

 

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Local Government
2/24/14 1:30 pm

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

Public Hearing:

  1. ESB 5514 - Concerning utility rates and charges for vacant lots in manufactured housing communities.
  2. ESSB 6008 - Modifying water-sewer district provisions.
  3. SSB 6060 - Concerning certain public water systems.
  4. SB 6114 - Revising local government treasury practices and procedures.
  5. ESB 6194 - Providing a process for county legislative authorities to withdraw from voluntary planning under the growth management act.


Possible Executive Session:

  1. SSB 6007 - Clarifying the exemption in the public records act for customer information held by public utilities.
  2. ESB 6031 - Concerning lake and beach management districts.

 

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Transportation*
2/24/14 3:30 pm

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

REVISED 2/20/2014 9:02 AM

Work Session: Focus on Trade: Northwest Seattle and the Seafood Processing Industry.

Public Hearing:

  1. SB 5141 - Allowing motorcycles to stop and proceed through traffic control signals under certain conditions.
  2. 2ESSB 5785 - Modifying requirements for the display and replacement of license plates.
  3. SB 5957 - Concerning the renewal of parking privileges for persons with disabilities.
  4. SSB 6150 - Concerning Medal of Honor special license plates.

 

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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*
2/24/14 10:00 am

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

REVISED 2/20/2014 11:38 AM

Public Hearing:

  1. 2SHB 1888 - Regarding industrial hemp.
  2. HB 2405 - Regarding hemp as a component of commercial animal feed.
  3. SHB 2698 - Expanding the products considered to be potentially nonhazardous as they apply to cottage food operations.


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

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Commerce & Labor*
2/24/14 1:30 pm

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

REVISED 2/21/2014 10:14 AM

Public Hearing:

  1. 2SHB 1072 - Creating the agricultural labor skills and safety grant program.
  2. SHB 2146 - Concerning department of labor and industries appeal bonds.
  3. SHB 2125 - Removing the requirements that all fines collected be credited to the Washington horse racing commission class C purse fund account.
  4. SHB 2318 - Addressing contractor liability for industrial insurance premiums for not-for-profit nonemergency medicaid transportation brokers.
  5. HB 2744 - Modifying certain provisions governing veteran-owned businesses.
  6. HB 2534 - Requiring fingerprint background checks for the licensing of vehicle dealers and security guards.
  7. SHB 2430 - Concerning athletic trainers.
  8. ESHB 2512 - Concerning cosmetology, hair design, barbering, esthetics, and manicuring.
  9. HB 2573 - Requiring the department of licensing to conduct a review of the need for regulation of theatrical wrestling events.


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

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Governmental Operations*
2/24/14 10:00 am

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

REVISED 2/21/2014 9:15 AM

Work Session: Washington State Cybersecurity Briefing.

Public Hearing:

  1. HB 1783 - Concerning health district banking.
  2. E2SHB 1960 - Establishing benefit assessment charges for metropolitan park districts.
  3. ESHB 2374 - Making nonsubstantive changes to procurement law.
  4. HB 1785 - Authorizing de minimis use of state resources to provide information about programs that may be authorized payroll deductions.
  5. SHB 2098 - Making conforming amendments made necessary by reorganizing and streamlining central service functions, powers, and duties of state government.
  6. SHB 2105 - Promoting transparency in government by requiring public agencies with governing bodies to post their agendas online in advance of meetings.


Possible Executive Session:

  1. HB 2208 - Concerning heavy civil construction projects.
  2. HB 2446 - Simplifying procedures for obtaining an order for refund of property taxes.
  3. HB 2515 - Concerning the treatment of population enumeration data, including exempting it from public inspection and copying.
  4. HB 2547 - Providing for the creation of a less than countywide port district within a county containing no port districts.
  5. HB 2555 - Concerning alternative contracting performance goals.
  6. Bills previously heard in committee.


Other business.

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Health Care
2/24/14 10:00 am

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

Public Hearing:

  1. SHB 2544 - Concerning newborn screening.
  2. HB 2329 - Creating the breastfeeding-friendly Washington designation.
  3. ESHB 2160 - Allowing physical therapists to perform spinal manipulation.
  4. 2SHB 2643 - Concerning efforts with private and public partnerships to help produce Washington's healthiest next generation.
  5. ESHB 2315 - Concerning suicide prevention.
  6. SHB 2310 - Concerning safety equipment for individual providers.
  7. 2SHB 1773 - Concerning the practice of midwifery.
  8. SHB 2339 - Concerning disclosure of health care information.


Possible Executive Session:

  1. HB 2437 - Clarifying employee eligibility for benefits from the public employees' benefits board and conforming the eligibility provisions with federal law. (Refer without recommendation.)
  2. Bills previously heard.


Other business.

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Human Services & Corrections*
2/24/14 10:00 am

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

REVISED 2/20/2014 2:26 PM

Public Hearing:

  1. E2SHB 2639 - Concerning state purchasing of mental health and chemical dependency treatment services.
  2. 2SHB 1651 - Concerning access to juvenile records.
  3. SHB 2518 - Creating the pilot identicard program.
  4. HB 2585 - Concerning income eligibility for temporary assistance for needy families benefits for a child.
  5. 2SHB 2627 - Concerning the arrest of individuals who suffer from chemical dependency.


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

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Law & Justice
2/24/14 1:30 pm

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

Public Hearing:

  1. SHB 1292 - Vacating prostitution convictions.
  2. SHB 1791 - Concerning trafficking.
  3. SHB 1171 - Clarifying pretrial release programs.


Work Session: Identifying and rescuing victims of human-trafficking.

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

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Transportation*
2/24/14 3:30 pm

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

REVISED 2/20/2014 9:33 AM

Public Hearing:

  1. HB 2426 - Authorizing local authorities to continue operating automated traffic safety cameras to detect speed violations outside of school speed zones after participating in a pilot program for at least three consecutive years.
  2. HB 2642 - Modifying the deadline for annual regulatory fees for charter party and excursion service carriers.
  3. SHB 2372 - Concerning monetary penalties for failing to register a vehicle.
  4. ESHB 2463 - Concerning special parking privileges for persons with disabilities.
  5. EHB 2684 - Removing time period limitations on ferry vessel and terminal work by state forces.
  6. ESHB 2111 - Concerning the enforcement of regional transit authority fares.


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

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Ways & Means*
2/24/14 3:30 pm

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

MEETING CANCELLED.

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