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WA Lege Day 11: Full hearing day with Spokanites all around

OLYMPIA -- Legislative committees are trying to move bills out at a rapid pace today as they couple executive sessions with public hearings.

The House Health Care and Wellness Committee might get an award for taking on the most controversial bills in a single session, with the Reproductive Parity Act and a plan to blend the medical and recreational marijuana laws into a system under the state Liquor Control Board.

The House Government Accountability and Oversight Committee isn't letting Health Care have all the fun with marijuana laws, however. It has hearings on a proposal for a tax stamp system on recreational marijuana and another to let minors to do "compliance checks" at the new pot stores, to make sure they aren't selling to underage buyers.

Meanwhile, a large contingent of business, political and civic leaders from the Spokane area will be making the rounds in the annual Greater Spokane Inc., lobbying days. They get what's being called a "six corner" briefing from legislative leaders this afternoon -- but there's only five leaders scheduled -- the other corner, Gov. Jay Inslee, will catch folks at a reception at the governor's mansion this evening.

A full list of today's hearings and executive sessions for committees can be found inside the blog.

Legislative Meeting Schedule

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Time

Committee

Location

 

8:00 AM

Trade & Economic Development (S)

Senate Hearing Rm 3

 
 

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

 

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

 
 

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

 

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

 
 

Finance (H)

House Hearing Rm A

 

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*
1/23/14 8:00 am

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

REVISED 1/21/2014 3:03 PM

Work Session: Recent water law developments.

Public Hearing:

  1. HB 2458 - Concerning invasive species.
  2. HB 2459 - Ensuring hunter safety.
  3. HB 2460 - Regarding fish and wildlife law enforcement.


Executive Session:

  1. HB 2099 - Extending the expiration date for reporting requirements on timber purchases.
  2. HB 2126 - Creating the community forest trust account.
  3. HB 1135 - Concerning the annual gross sales limits for cottage food operations.

 

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Appropriations*
1/23/14 3:30 pm

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

REVISED 1/17/2014 2:09 PM

Public Hearing:

  1. SHB 1072 - Creating the agricultural labor skills and safety grant program.
  2. HB 2408 - 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.
  3. HB 2436 - Creating the public employees' benefits board benefits account.
  4. HB 2456 - Correcting the expiration date of a definition of firefighter.


Possible Executive Session:

  1. SHB 1635 - Concerning disproportionate share hospital adjustments. (If measure is referred to committee.)
  2. SHB 2002 - Modifying snowmobile license fees. (If measure is referred to committee.)
  3. SHB 2029 - Eliminating economic development-related agencies, boards, and commissions. (If measure is referred to committee.)
  4. HB 2407 - Correcting restrictions on collecting a pension in the public employees' retirement system for retirees returning to work in an ineligible position or a position covered by a different state retirement system. (If measure is referred to committee.)
  5. HB 2437 - Clarifying employee eligibility for benefits from the public employees' benefits board and conforming the eligibility provisions with federal law. (If measure is referred to committee.)

 

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Community Development, Housing & Tribal Affairs*
1/23/14 8:00 am

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

REVISED 1/17/2014 4:21 PM

Public Hearing:

  1. HB 2277 - Concerning the Washington state historical society.
  2. HB 2390 - Preserving the integrity of veterans' benefit-related services.
  3. HB 2466 - Concerning Indian tribes and dental health aide therapy services.
  4. HB 2415 - Creating a temporary homeless status certification.
  5. HB 2462 - 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.


Possible Executive Session:

  1. HB 1286 - Authorizing the sale or exchange of unused department of transportation lands to federally recognized Indian tribes.
  2. EHB 1287 - Subjecting federally recognized Indian tribes to the same conditions as state and local governments for property owned exclusively by the tribe.
  3. HB 2115 - Concerning the composition of the officer promotion board.
  4. HB 2129 - Concerning veterans' homes.
  5. HB 2130 - Concerning the veterans innovations program.
  6. HB 2368 - Concerning a surcharge for local homeless housing and assistance.

 

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Early Learning & Human Services*
1/23/14 10:00 am

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

REVISED 1/21/2014 3:41 PM

Public Hearing: HB 2377 - Concerning improving quality in the early care and education system. (If measure is referred to committee.)

Executive Session: HB 2282 - Changing provisions relating to the early learning advisory council.

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Education*
1/23/14 10:00 am

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

REVISED 1/17/2014 1:15 PM

Public Hearing:

  1. HB 2181 - Authorizing and supporting career and college ready graduation requirements adopted by the state board of education.
  2. HB 1656 - Establishing statewide high school graduation requirements that permit increased flexibility for students to select courses based on their interests and plans.
  3. HB 2242 - Implementing selected education reforms using recommendations from the quality education council's 2014 report to the legislature.
  4. HB 2540 - Establishing career and technical course equivalencies in science and mathematics.
  5. HB 2531 - Changing explicit alternative routes to teacher certification program requirements to expectations for program outcomes.

 

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Finance*
1/23/14 1:30 pm

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

REVISED 1/16/2014 5:02 PM

Public Hearing:

  1. HB 2201 - Improving fiscal accountability and transparency standards with respect to state tax preferences.
  2. HB 2309 - Providing fairness and flexibility in the payment of property taxes.
  3. HB 2212 - Concerning the creation of cultural access programs.
  4. HB 2349 - Concerning community redevelopment financing in apportionment districts.
  5. HJR 4214 - Providing for community redevelopment financing in apportionment districts.

 

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Government Accountability & Oversight*
1/23/14 10:00 am

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

REVISED 1/21/2014 7:46 AM

Public Hearing:

  1. HB 2364 - Concerning sales by craft and general licensed distilleries of spirits for off-premise consumption and spirits samples for on-premise consumption.
  2. HB 2411 - Creating a tax stamp system for the sale of recreational marijuana.
  3. HB 2302 - Concerning snack bar licenses.
  4. HB 2303 - Encouraging safe and responsible sales of marijuana by authorizing the use of minors in compliance checks and addressing identification and manufacturing.
  5. HB 2305 - Concerning the regulation of alcoholic beverages.


Executive Session:

  1. HB 1161 - Concerning sales for resale by retail licensees of liquor.
  2. HB 1742 - Allowing sales of growlers of wine.
  3. HB 2098 - Making conforming amendments made necessary by reorganizing and streamlining central service functions, powers, and duties of state government.
  4. HB 2155 - Preventing theft of alcoholic spirits from licensed retailers.
  5. HB 2279 - Authorizing alternative sources for the state lottery.
  6. HB 2280 - Authorizing the state lottery to provide scratch tickets as a promotional activity.
  7. HB 2281 - Addressing state lottery efficiency.

 

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Health Care & Wellness*
1/23/14 10:00 am

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

REVISED 1/21/2014 2:36 PM

Public Hearing:

  1. HB 2320 - Concerning adult family homes.
  2. HB 2430 - Concerning athletic trainers.


Executive Session:

  1. HB 2061 - Clarifying the requirements for health plans offered outside of the exchange.
  2. HB 2108 - Concerning hearing instrument fitter/dispensers.
  3. HB 2127 - Concerning the authority of medical program directors.
  4. HB 2139 - Creating a quality improvement program for the licensees of the medical quality assurance commission.
  5. HB 2148 - Concerning health plan coverage for the voluntary termination of a pregnancy.
  6. HB 2149 - Concerning medical marijuana.
  7. HB 2153 - Concerning the treatment of eosinophilic gastrointestinal associated disorders.
  8. HB 2351 - Concerning the practice of out-of-state health care professionals volunteering in Washington.
  9. ESHB 1773 - Concerning the practice of midwifery.

 

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Judiciary*
1/23/14 8:00 am

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

REVISED 1/16/2014 11:06 AM

Public Hearing:

  1. SHB 1285 - Modifying provisions regarding the representation of children in dependency matters.
  2. HB 1694 - Establishing a residential schedule adjustment for determinations of child support obligations.
  3. HB 2235 - Creating effective and timely access to magistrates for purposes of reviewing search warrant applications.
  4. HB 2353 - Concerning actions for trespass upon a business owner's premises.

 

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Labor & Workforce Development*
1/23/14 8:00 am

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

REVISED 1/21/2014 4:55 PM

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 2260 - Concerning dwelling unit fire protection sprinkler systems.
  4. HB 2275 - Concerning whistleblowers in the electrical industry.
  5. HB 2323 - Concerning electrician licensing and identification requirements.
  6. HB 2500 - Requiring completion of an apprenticeship program to receive a journeyman or residential specialty electrician certificate of competency.


Possible Executive Session:

  1. HB 2152 - Addressing industrial insurance requirements and options for owners and lessees of for hire vehicles, limousines, and taxicabs.
  2. HB 2331 - Concerning certified payroll records on public works projects.
  3. HB 2332 - Providing damages for wage violations.
  4. HB 2333 - Concerning the employee antiretaliation act.
  5. HB 2334 - Simplifying and enforcing employee status under employment laws to ensure fairness to employers and employees and address the underground economy.

 

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Local Government*
1/23/14 10:00 am

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

REVISED 1/16/2014 5:00 PM

Public Hearing:

  1. HB 2249 - Concerning the two climate zones within the building codes.
  2. HB 2401 - Promoting fire safety with long-life smoke detection devices.
  3. HB 1854 - Concerning public approval of annexations by cities and towns.
  4. HB 2433 - Requiring a city or town to notify light and power businesses and gas distribution businesses of annexed areas and affected properties.


Possible Executive Session:

  1. HB 1040 - Concerning real property valuation notices.
  2. HB 2186 - Concerning local government selection of the appropriate sewer systems as part of growth management.
  3. HB 2187 - Extending the date by which counties participating in the voluntary stewardship program must review and, if necessary, revise development regulations that apply to critical areas in areas used for agricultural activities.
  4. HB 2213 - Creating a joint legislative task force to determine the most appropriate and effective delivery of electrical code adoption, rule-making, and inspection services.
  5. HB 2214 - Concerning the training of code enforcement officials.
  6. HB 2218 - Concerning lake and beach management districts.

 

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Technology & Economic Development*
1/23/14 8:00 am

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

REVISED 1/22/2014 1:15 PM

Public Hearing:

  1. HB 2223 - Concerning a qualified alternative energy resource.
  2. HB 2059 - Concerning the voluntary purchase of eligible renewable resources by customers of electric utilities.

 

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Transportation*
1/23/14 3:30 pm

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

REVISED 1/22/2014 12:15 PM

Work Session: Road usage charge assessment - final report.

Possible Executive Session:

  1. HB 2137 - Modifying provisions governing commercial motor vehicles.
  2. HB 2241 - Regarding aeronautic safety.
  3. HB 2255 - Concerning ambulance seat belt notification, air bags, and driver training.
  4. HB 2256 - Modifying when to display vehicle headlights.

 

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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*
1/23/14 10:00 am

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

REVISED 1/17/2014 11:06 AM

Public Hearing: SB 6157 - Concerning a hazardous substance tax exemption for certain hazardous substances defined under RCW 82.21.020(1)(c) that are used as agricultural crop protection products and warehoused but not otherwise used, manufactured, packaged, or sold in this state.

Work Session: Sediment management in agricultural lands.

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

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Energy, Environment & Telecommunications*
1/23/14 1:30 pm

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

REVISED 1/20/2014 4:54 PM

Public Hearing:

  1. SB 6215 - Clarifying and correcting RCW 82.08.962 and 82.12.962 regarding the sales and use tax treatment of machinery and equipment purchases by companies producing pipeline-quality natural gas using landfill gas.
  2. SB 6243 - Modifying the definition of "oil" or "oils."


Work Session: Low carbon fuel standard.

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

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Financial Institutions, Housing & Insurance*
1/23/14 1:30 pm

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

REVISED 1/21/2014 5:53 PM

Public Hearing:

  1. SB 6291 - Concerning tenant screening.
  2. SB 6292 - Concerning tenant relocation assistance.
  3. SB 6294 - Creating the save toward a retirement today retirement savings plan.


Executive Session:

  1. SB 5976 - Addressing the notice given to owners of life insurance policies about alternative transactions.
  2. SB 5977 - Addressing the regulation of service contracts and protection product guarantees.
  3. SB 5978 - Addressing the regulation of service contracts and protection product guarantees.
  4. SB 6029 - Concerning credit unions' mergers.
  5. SB 6134 - Addressing nondepository institutions regulated by the department of financial institutions.
  6. SB 6135 - Addressing banks and trust companies.


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

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Governmental Operations*
1/23/14 10:00 am

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

REVISED 1/22/2014 2:05 PM

Public Hearing:

  1. SB 6141 - Concerning the confidentiality of certain records filed with the utilities and transportation commission or the attorney general.
  2. SB 6059 - Concerning charges for scanning public records.
  3. SB 6078 - Recognizing "Native American Heritage Day."
  4. SB 6060 - Concerning certain public water systems.
  5. SB 6097 - Facilitating and regulating contributions via text message to political campaigns.
  6. SB 6165 - Concerning accountability in caucus political committee accounts.
  7. SB 6145 - Declaring the Ostrea lurida the official oyster of the state of Washington.


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

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Health Care *
1/23/14 10:00 am

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

REVISED 1/17/2014 10:23 AM

Public Hearing:

  1. SB 5962 - Concerning services provided by residential habilitation centers.
  2. SB 5980 - Creating a quality improvement program for the licensees of the medical quality assurance commission.
  3. SB 6032 - Establishing dextromethorphan provisions.
  4. SB 6123 - Concerning physical therapy copayment and coinsurance.
  5. SB 6138 - Allowing the Washington state dental quality assurance commission to adopt rules regarding credential renewal requirements for dental professionals.
  6. SB 6170 - Concerning cultural competency education for health care professionals.


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

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Higher Education*
1/23/14 1:30 pm

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

REVISED 1/16/2014 4:40 PM

Work Session:

  1. Overview of the State Board for Community and Technical College's Student Achievement Initiative.
  2. Update on the Technical Incentive Funding Model Task Force report.
    1. Office of Financial Management.
    2. Four-year institutions of higher education.


Public Hearing: SB 6042 - Establishing an incentive-based methodology of distributing state appropriations to public four-year institutions of higher education.

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

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Natural Resources & Parks*
1/23/14 1:30 pm

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

REVISED 1/17/2014 10:41 AM

Public Hearing:

  1. SB 6193 - Modifying provisions of the code that deal with migratory birds.
  2. SB 6031 - Concerning lake and beach management districts.
  3. SB 6180 - Consolidating designated forest lands and open space timber lands for ease of administration.
  4. SB 6207 - Providing fee immunity for certain water facilities.
  5. SB 6076 - Concerning the maintenance and operations of parks and recreational land acquired through the conservation futures program.
  6. SB 6052 - Concerning habitat and recreation land acquisitions.


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

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Trade & Economic Development*
1/23/14 8:00 am

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

REVISED 1/22/2014 9:42 AM

Work Session: Aligning workforce training with industry needs.

Public Hearing:

  1. SB 6182 - Establishing a tax credit for employers participating in the apprenticeship program.
  2. SB 6195 - Concerning long-term funding for a state tourism marketing program.
  3. SB 6318 - Providing greater small business assistance by modifying the filing threshold for business and occupation tax purposes. (Hearing is on the Proposed Substitute.)
  4. SB 5741 - Allowing the use of lodging taxes for financing workforce housing and tourism promotion activities or facilities.


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

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Transportation
1/23/14 3:30 pm

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

Work Session:

  1. Road Usage Charge Assessment Report - Washington Transportation Commission.
  2. Disabled Parking Work Group Recommendations - Department of Licensing.


Public Hearing:

  1. SB 5957 - Concerning the renewal of parking privileges for persons with disabilities.
  2. SGA 9228 - Pat Kohler, Director, Department of Licensing.


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

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Ways & Means
1/23/14 3:30 pm

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

Work Session: Health Care Reform/Integration:

  1. Staff presentations on current structure of health care system and mental health systems funding levels.
  2. Panels to focus on key policy questions.


Other business.




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