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Wed., Feb. 26, 2014, 11:34 a.m.

WA Lege Day 45: Another day, another budget

OLYMPIA -- House Democrats will unveil their operating budget at noon, and their capital budget at 12:45 p.m.,at back-to-back press conferences, in a day filled with committee hearings and media events.

Also around the Capitol, Sen. Janea Holmquist Newbry talks about studying lower taxes for the liquor industry at a 10 a.m. press conference; Sen. Steve O'Ban denounces Gov. Jay Inslee's moratorium on the death penalty at an 1:15 p.m. press conference in advance of a committee hearing on O'Ban's bill on that topic; Inslee signs the Real Hope/Dream Act at 2 p.m.

The House Appropriations Committee holds a hearing on the Democrats budget at 6 p.m. and the Law and Justice Committee has a hearing on drone bans at 6:30 p.m.

A full schedule of the hearings can be found inside the blog.

Legislative Meeting Schedule

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Time

Committee

Location

 

8:00 AM

Energy, Environment & Telecommunications (S)

Senate Hearing Rm 4

 
 

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

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 3

 
 

Law & Justice (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

 

3:30 PM

Transportation (S)

Senate Hearing Rm 1

 
 

Ways & Means (S)

Senate Hearing Rm 4

 
 

Agriculture & Natural Resources (H)

House Hearing Rm C

 
 

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 B

 

6:00 PM

Appropriations (H)

House Hearing Rm A

 

6:30 PM

Law & Justice (S)

Senate Hearing Rm 2

 


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House Committees


Agriculture & Natural Resources
2/26/14 3:30 pm

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

Executive Session:

  1. SB 6180 - Consolidating designated forest lands and open space timber lands for ease of administration.
  2. ESSB 6286 - Concerning current use valuation for land primarily used for commercial horticultural purposes.
  3. ESB 6549 - Creating demonstration projects for preserving agricultural land and public infrastructure in flood plains.
  4. ESSB 6041 - Regarding fish and wildlife law enforcement.
  5. SSB 6388 - Concerning pass-through food distributors.

 

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Appropriations*
2/26/14 6:00 pm

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

REVISED 2/25/2014 9:30 AM

Public Hearing: HB 2185 - Making 2014 supplemental operating appropriations.
The hearing is on the proposed substitute by Representative Hunter.


The proposed substitute bill will be available online at 12:15 pm on Wednesday, February 26.

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Business & Financial Services*
2/26/14 1:30 pm

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*
2/26/14 3:30 pm

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

REVISED 2/21/2014 1:08 PM

Public Hearing:

  1. SSB 5975 - Concerning the veterans innovations program.
  2. SSB 6078 - Recognizing "Native American Heritage Day."
  3. SB 6338 - Giving preferences to housing trust fund projects that involve collaboration between local school districts and housing authorities to help children of low-income families succeed in school.


Executive Session:

  1. SSB 5975 - Concerning the veterans innovations program.
  2. SSB 6078 - Recognizing "Native American Heritage Day."
  3. SB 6338 - Giving preferences to housing trust fund projects that involve collaboration between local school districts and housing authorities to help children of low-income families succeed in school.

 

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Early Learning & Human Services*
2/26/14 8:00 am

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

REVISED 2/21/2014 1:59 PM

Public Hearing: SSB 6558 - Concerning intensive home and community-based mental health services for medicaid-eligible children.

Possible Executive Session:

  1. SSB 6095 - Addressing background checks for persons who will have access to children or vulnerable adults.
  2. 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.
  3. ESSB 6181 - Concerning child care subsidies and child support enforcement services.
  4. SSB 6387 - Concerning individuals with developmental disabilities who have requested a service from a program that is already at capacity.
  5. SB 6122 - Concerning long-term planning for developmental disabilities services.
  6. SSB 6211 - Concerning the termination of basic food benefits to incarcerated persons.
  7. SSB 6558 - Concerning intensive home and community-based mental health services for medicaid-eligible children.

 

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Education*
2/26/14 8:00 am

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

REVISED 2/25/2014 2:15 PM

Possible Executive Session:

  1. 2SSB 5958 - Concerning accountability in providing opportunities for certain students to participate in transition services.
  2. SB 6013 - Making a technical correction to school law governing the use of epinephrine autoinjectors (EPI pens).
  3. SSB 6074 - Enacting provisions to improve educational outcomes for homeless students.
  4. SSB 6431 - Concerning assistance for schools in implementing youth suicide prevention activities.
  5. SSB 6105 - Concerning school library information and technology programs.
  6. SB 6128 - Concerning the delivery of medication and services by unlicensed school employees.
  7. SB 6424 - Establishing a state seal of biliteracy for high school students.
  8. ESSB 6242 - Concerning waivers from the one hundred eighty-day school year requirement.
  9. 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.
  10. 2SSB 6062 - Requiring internet access to public school data and expenditure information.
  11. 2SSB 6163 - Concerning expanded learning opportunities.
  12. SSB 6129 - Concerning paraeducator development.
  13. E2SSB 6552 - Improving student success by modifying instructional hour and graduation requirements.

 

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Environment*
2/26/14 1:30 pm

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

REVISED 2/24/2014 2:45 PM

Possible Executive Session:

  1. ESSB 6076 - Concerning the maintenance and operations of parks and recreational land acquired through the conservation futures program.
  2. ESB 6501 - Concerning used oil recycling.
  3. SJM 8015 - Requesting Congress implement certain increased safety measures for tank rail cars.
  4. ESSB 6450 - Concerning on-water dwellings.
  5. SB 6077 - Modifying the use of storm water control facility rate charges.
  6. ESB 5097 - Allowing spouses to combine volunteer hours for purposes of receiving a complimentary discover pass.

 

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Government Accountability & Oversight*
2/26/14 8:00 am

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

MEETING CANCELLED.

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Government Operations & Elections
2/26/14 1:30 pm

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

Public Hearing:

  1. SSB 5676 - Protecting personal voter signatures.
  2. SSB 5872 - Creating a state agency innovation and efficiency grant program.
  3. SSB 6250 - Requiring submission of digital copies of public employees' collective bargaining agreements.
  4. ESSB 6517 - Exempting agency employee driver's license numbers and identicard numbers from public inspection and copying.


Executive Session:

  1. SSB 5872 - Creating a state agency innovation and efficiency grant program.
  2. ESB 5964 - Concerning training public officials and employees regarding public records, records management, and open public meetings requirements.
  3. SB 6059 - Concerning charges for scanning public records.
  4. SB 6141 - Concerning the confidentiality of certain records filed with the utilities and transportation commission or the attorney general.
  5. SSB 6250 - Requiring submission of digital copies of public employees' collective bargaining agreements.
  6. ESSB 6517 - Exempting agency employee driver's license numbers and identicard numbers from public inspection and copying.

 

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Health Care & Wellness*
2/26/14 8:00 am

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

REVISED 2/20/2014 1:34 PM

Possible Executive Session:

  1. ESSB 6016 - Concerning the grace period for enrollees of the Washington health benefit exchange.
  2. SB 6065 - Protecting children under the age of eighteen from the harmful effects of exposure to ultraviolet radiation associated with tanning devices.
  3. SSB 6124 - Developing a state Alzheimer's plan.
  4. ESSB 6137 - Regulating pharmacy benefit managers and pharmacy audits.
  5. ESSB 6228 - Concerning transparency tools for consumer information on health care cost and quality.
  6. ESSB 6297 - Requiring the department of health to develop and make available resources for pregnant women regarding childhood immunizations.
  7. SB 6138 - Allowing the Washington state dental quality assurance commission to adopt rules regarding credential renewal requirements for dental professionals.
  8. ESB 6458 - Addressing the office of the insurance commissioner and matters related to health care insurance.
  9. ESSB 6511 - Addressing the prior authorization of health care services.
  10. ESSB 6265 - Concerning state and local agencies that obtain patient health care information.
  11. SSB 6283 - Clarifying the practice of a phlebotomist.
  12. SSB 6453 - Concerning verification of hours worked through electronic timekeeping by area agencies on aging and home care agencies.

 

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Higher Education*
2/26/14 1:30 pm

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

REVISED 2/25/2014 12:33 PM

Executive Session: E2SSB 6423 - Changing provisions relating to the opportunity scholarship.

Work Session:

  1. Serving adults in higher education.
  2. College preparatory programs in higher education.
  3. Credit for Prior Learning.

 

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Judiciary*
2/26/14 3:30 pm

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

REVISED 2/21/2014 8:25 AM

Executive Session:

  1. ESB 5048 - Concerning notice against trespass.
  2. SB 5999 - Concerning corporate entity conversions.
  3. SB 5981 - Increasing the number of superior court judges in Mason county.
  4. SB 6219 - Concerning actions for damage arising from vehicular traffic on a primitive road.
  5. E2SSB 6126 - Concerning representation of children in dependency matters.
  6. SSB 6279 - Creating effective and timely access to magistrates for purposes of reviewing search warrant applications.
  7. ESB 6553 - Concerning the distribution of real property sale proceeds.
  8. SSB 5173 - Respecting holidays of faith and conscience.
  9. SB 6115 - Exempting licensed private investigators from process server requirements.
  10. SSB 6207 - Providing fee immunity for certain water facilities.
  11. ESSB 5972 - Specifying recovery for fire damages to public or private forested lands.


Public Hearing: SB 5956 - Concerning short-barreled rifles.

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Labor & Workforce Development*
2/26/14 3:30 pm

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

REVISED 2/20/2014 3:56 PM

Public Hearing:

  1. SB 5112 - Granting scheduling authority for qualified retrospective rating plan employers and groups.
  2. SSB 5123 - Establishing a farm internship program.
  3. SB 5158 - Creating a good faith defense for certain minimum wage and overtime compensation complaints.
  4. SSB 6179 - Authorizing workers' compensation group self-insurance plans.
  5. SB 6445 - Amending the definition of uniformed personnel for the purposes of public employees' collective bargaining.


Possible Executive Session:

  1. SSB 5123 - Establishing a farm internship program.
  2. SB 6445 - Amending the definition of uniformed personnel for the purposes of public employees' collective bargaining.

 

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Local Government*
2/26/14 8:00 am

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

REVISED 2/24/2014 4:55 PM

Public Hearing: ESB 6194 - Providing a process for county legislative authorities to withdraw from voluntary planning under the growth management act.

Possible Executive Session:

  1. ESB 5514 - Concerning utility rates and charges for vacant lots in manufactured housing communities.
  2. SSB 6007 - Clarifying the exemption in the public records act for customer information held by public utilities.
  3. ESSB 6008 - Modifying water-sewer district provisions.
  4. ESB 6031 - Concerning lake and beach management districts.
  5. SSB 6060 - Concerning certain public water systems.
  6. SB 6114 - Revising local government treasury practices and procedures.
  7. ESB 6194 - Providing a process for county legislative authorities to withdraw from voluntary planning under the growth management act.

 

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Public Safety*
2/26/14 1:30 pm

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

REVISED 2/25/2014 1:44 PM

Possible Executive Session:

  1. SB 6010 - Establishing penalties for altered or shaved keys.
  2. SB 6011 - Increasing penalties for random assaults.
  3. SSB 6017 - Concerning the use of proceeds from seizure and forfeiture activities from sexual exploitation of children and promoting prostitution.
  4. ESB 6248 - Making the unlawful possession of instruments of financial fraud a crime.
  5. SB 6413 - Clarifying prior offenses for driving under the influence or physical control of a vehicle under the influence.


Work Session: HB 1874 - Addressing federal immigration policy enforcement.

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Technology & Economic Development*
2/26/14 3:30 pm

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

REVISED 2/21/2014 2:58 PM

Work Session: Contingency supply of marine fiber cable for telecommunications.

Possible Executive Session:

  1. SSB 5334 - Concerning public facilities' grants and loans.
  2. SSB 5991 - Studying nuclear power as a replacement for electricity generated from the combustion of fossil fuels.
  3. SSB 6028 - Declaring electricity from a generation facility powered by the combustion of solid waste in a municipally owned energy recovery facility to be an eligible renewable resource for the purposes of chapter 19.285 RCW, the energy independence act.
  4. SSB 6058 - Allowing incremental electricity produced as a result of efficiency improvements to hydroelectric generation projects whose energy output is marketed by the Bonneville power administration to qualify as an eligible renewable resource under the energy independence act.
  5. 2SSB 6096 - Providing for property tax exemption for the value of new construction of industrial/manufacturing facilities in targeted urban areas.
  6. SJM 8003 - Requesting Congress to amend the Communications Decency Act.
  7. SSJM 8007 - Requesting that congress pass legislation reforming the harbor maintenance tax.

 

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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*
2/26/14 1:30 pm

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

REVISED 2/25/2014 11:13 AM

Work Session: SB 6547 - Providing a comprehensive spirits sales tax reduction for all consumers in both on-premise and off-premise settings.

Public Hearing:

  1. HB 2253 - Concerning telecommunications installations.
  2. HB 2254 - Concerning telecommunications work experience for purposes of eligibility toward limited energy specialty electrician certification.
  3. HB 2473 - Encouraging citizens to serve in the legislature by creating leave provisions for legislative service.
  4. ESHB 1313 - Establishing minimum standards for sick and safe leave from employment.
  5. SGA 9213 - Harold W Hanson, Director, Washington State Lottery Commission.
  6. SGA 9220 - Peter W Bogdanoff, Member, Lottery Commission.


Executive Session:

  1. SHB 1254 - Prevailing wage filings.
  2. HB 2381 - Creating an inactive certification, license, or registration status for real estate appraisers.
  3. SHB 2541 - Regarding miniature hobby boilers.
  4. HB 1684 - Defining suitable work to include a minimum age requirement.
  5. HB 1063 - Creating a senior center license.
  6. ESHB 2680 - Establishing a caterer's license to sell spirits, beer, and wine.
  7. SHB 1805 - Concerning culinary class wine restaurant specialty licenses.
  8. HB 1597 - Making marijuana law technical corrections.
  9. SHB 2146 - Concerning department of labor and industries appeal bonds.
  10. 2SHB 1072 - Creating the agricultural labor skills and safety grant program.
  11. HB 2744 - Modifying certain provisions governing veteran-owned businesses.
  12. SHB 2318 - Addressing contractor liability for industrial insurance premiums for not-for-profit nonemergency medicaid transportation brokers.
  13. SB 6542 - Establishing the state cannabis industry coordinating committee.


Other business.

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Early Learning & K-12 Education*
2/26/14 1:30 pm

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

REVISED 2/24/2014 2:42 PM

Public Hearing:

  1. HB 1173 - Regarding the financial education public-private partnership.
  2. SHB 2531 - Changing explicit alternative routes to teacher certification program requirements to expectations for program outcomes.
  3. HB 2553 - Authorizing competitive grants to persistently lowest-achieving schools to implement models of family and community engagement.
  4. HB 2598 - Clarifying the lead agency for the early support for infant and toddlers program.
  5. SHB 2739 - Requiring a report analyzing the correlation of certain family factors with academic and behavioral indicators of student success.
  6. 2SHB 1709 - Requiring a study to develop a state foreign language education interpreter training program.
  7. 2SHB 2166 - Providing for educational data on students from military families.
  8. HB 2776 - Renaming the Washington civil liberties public education program.
  9. E2SHB 2383 - Integrating career and college readiness standards into K-12 and higher education policies and practices.
  10. E2SHB 2540 - Establishing career and technical course equivalencies in science and mathematics.
  11. SGA 9224 - Deborah J Wilds, Member, State Board of Education.
  12. SGA 9343 - Holly A Koon, Member, State Board of Education.


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

Early Learning & K-12 Education*
2/26/14 5:30 pm

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

MEETING CANCELLED.

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Energy, Environment & Telecommunications
2/26/14 8:00 am

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

Public Hearing:

  1. SHB 2175 - Removing barriers to economic development in the telecommunications industry.
  2. ESHB 2177 - Concerning the expansion of natural gas infrastructure in rural or underserved areas.


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

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Law & Justice
2/26/14 1:30 pm

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

Public Hearing:

  1. SGA 9264 - Patrick Escamilla, Member, Sentencing Guidelines Commission.
  2. SGA 9180 - Charlene D Strong, Member, Human Rights Commission.
  3. SGA 9260 - Vito R De La Cruz, Member, Human Rights Commission.
  4. SHB 2205 - Modifying mental status evaluation provisions.
  5. SB 6566 - Affirming the authority of the clemency and pardons board to make recommendations to the governor regarding petitions for reprieve to ensure that victims, law enforcement, prisoners, and others are heard.


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

Law & Justice*
2/26/14 6:30 pm

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

REVISED 2/25/2014 3:51 PM

Public Hearing:

  1. ESHB 2556 - Encouraging the establishment of therapeutic courts.
  2. SHB 2197 - Concerning objecting to relocation in child custody cases.
  3. SHB 2196 - Concerning the use of the judicial information system by courts before granting certain orders.
  4. SHB 2171 - Strengthening economic protections for veterans and military personnel.
  5. SHB 2624 - Clarifying the applicability of child abduction statutes to residential provisions ordered by a court.
  6. ESHB 2353 - Concerning actions for trespass upon a business owner's premises.
  7. ESHB 1840 - Concerning firearms laws for persons subject to no-contact orders, protection orders, and restraining orders.
  8. 2ESHB 1117 - Concerning the transfer of real property by deed taking effect at the grantor's death.
  9. EHB 2789 - Concerning technology-enhanced government surveillance.
  10. SHB 2691 - Regulating legal service contractors.


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

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Transportation*
2/26/14 3:30 pm

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

REVISED 2/21/2014 5:09 PM

Public Hearing:

  1. HB 1892 - Modifying certain provisions regarding transportation benefit districts.
  2. E2SHB 1902 - Creating intermittent-use trailer license plates.
  3. HB 2674 - Concerning the processing of quick titles by subagents.
  4. HB 2741 - Concerning requirements before issuance of an initial vehicle registration.
  5. HB 2359 - Exempting collectible vehicles from emission test requirements.
  6. ESHB 2711 - Concerning public charging stations for electric vehicles.


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

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Ways & Means
2/26/14 3:30 pm

Senate Full Committee
Senate Hearing Rm 4
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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