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Thu., Jan. 30, 2014, 10:08 a.m.

WA Lege Day 18: Local governments and recreational pot

OLYMPIA -- The House Government Accountability Committee takes up several bills that have to do with local governments and recreational marijuana.

Can they rearrange where the excise taxes go to dedicate more to local governments? Can they block local governments trying to limit over where the businesses are?

Most important: Can the Legislature muster the two-thirds majorities needed to amend Initiative 502 less than two years after it passed?

Elsewhere, there are votes on prevailing wage and paid vacation leave in House Labor, a bill on industrial hemp in Senate Agriculture,  a possible state Alzheimer's plan in Senate Health Care, a work session on the cost of attending state colleges in Senate Higher Ed.

A full list of hearings is available inside the blog.

 

Legislative Meeting Schedule

Thursday, January 30, 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

 
 

Human Services & Corrections (S)

Senate Hearing Rm 1

 
 

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

 
 

Capital Budget (H)

House Hearing Rm B

 
 

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
1/30/14 8:00 am

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

Public Hearing:

  1. HB 2454 - Developing a water quality trading program in Washington.
  2. HB 2517 - Concerning wildlife conflict funding to encourage proactive measures.
  3. HB 2625 - Concerning the development of a proposed policy option for achieving the goal of electronically reporting intrastate transfers of ownership of livestock as a means to increase participation in the animal disease traceability program.


Executive Session:

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

 

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Appropriations*
1/30/14 3:30 pm

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

REVISED 1/28/2014 8:50 AM

Work Session:

  1. Early Childhood Education Presentation by the Gates Foundation.
  2. Early Childhood Education for Low-Income Students: Review of the Evidence and Benefit-Cost Analysis.
  3. Temporary Assistance for Needy Families and Working Connections Child Care.

 

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Capital Budget*
1/30/14 1:30 pm

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

REVISED 1/28/2014 10:22 AM

Public Hearing:

  1. HB 2132 - Concerning architectural plans for school construction.
  2. HB 2244 - Restoring resources to the capital budget.
  3. HB 2410 - Creating a competitive equipment assistance grant program to enhance student nutrition in public schools.
  4. HB 2555 - Concerning alternative contracting performance goals.
  5. HJR 4215 - Requiring all revenues from any state taxes levied for the purpose of funding local government public infrastructure to be paid into the state treasury, deposited into the public works assistance account, and used exclusively for funding local government public works projects.


Executive Session: SHB 1484 - Concerning the public works board.

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Community Development, Housing & Tribal Affairs*
1/30/14 8:00 am

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

REVISED 1/28/2014 5:01 PM

Possible Executive Session:

  1. HB 2229 - Concerning long-term funding for a state tourism marketing program.
  2. HB 2363 - Concerning home and community-based services programs for dependents of military service members.
  3. HB 2668 - Concerning insurance for enlisted members of the Washington national guard.

 

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Early Learning & Human Services*
1/30/14 10:00 am

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

REVISED 1/29/2014 11:07 AM

Work Session: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation presentation on Early Childhood Education.

Public Hearing:

  1. HB 2432 - Concerning long-term planning for developmental disabilities services.
  2. HB 2450 - Concerning employment of persons with disabilities.


Possible Executive Session:

  1. HB 2377 - Improving quality in the early care and education system.
  2. HB 2519 - Concerning early education for children involved in the child welfare system.
  3. SHB 1594 - Concerning interviewing children in child protective services investigations at children's advocacy centers.
  4. HB 2722 - Concerning placement of sixteen and seventeen year olds arrested for domestic violence assault.
  5. HB 2535 - Concerning review of licensing, unsupervised access to children, and employment decisions by the children's administration.
  6. HB 2505 - Requiring photo identification on electronic benefit cards.
  7. HB 2582 - Concerning filing a petition seeking termination of parental rights.

 

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Education
1/30/14 10:00 am

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

Public Hearing:

  1. HB 2276 - Concerning the operation by educational service districts of educational programs for residents of residential schools.
  2. HB 2575 - Requiring that certain teacher assignment and reassignment data be included in data submitted to the office of the superintendent of public instruction.
  3. HB 2402 - Removing the culminating project as a state graduation requirement.
  4. HB 2605 - Making school district policies on restraint or isolation of certain students available to parents and guardians.
  5. HB 2548 - Concerning basic education minimum instructional hours.
  6. HB 2317 - Promoting expanded learning opportunities as a strategy to close the educational opportunity gap and prevent summer learning loss.

 

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Finance*
1/30/14 1:30 pm

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

REVISED 1/27/2014 5:12 PM

Public Hearing:

  1. HB 2447 - Concerning a property tax exemption for qualified nonprofit small business incubators that assist in the creation and expansion of innovative small commercial enterprises.
  2. HB 2539 - Simplifying the taxation of amusement, recreation, and physical fitness services.
  3. E2SHB 1437 - Concerning small farms under the current use property tax program for farm and agricultural lands.
  4. SHB 1287 - Subjecting federally recognized Indian tribes to the same conditions as state and local governments for property owned exclusively by the tribe.


Possible Executive Session:

  1. HB 2198 - Providing tax relief to qualifying patients for purchases of marijuana for medical use.
  2. HB 2409 - Delaying the use of existing tax preferences by the marijuana industry to ensure a regulated and safe transition to the controlled and legal marijuana market in Washington.

 

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Government Accountability & Oversight*
1/30/14 10:00 am

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

REVISED 1/28/2014 10:53 AM

Public Hearing:

  1. HB 2144 - Concerning the establishment of a dedicated local jurisdiction marijuana fund and the distribution of a specified percentage of marijuana excise tax revenues to local jurisdictions.
  2. HB 2322 - Prohibiting local governments from taking actions preventing or impeding the creation or operation of commercial marijuana businesses licensed by the liquor control board.
  3. HB 2638 - Concerning the establishment of state preemption of laws and ordinances of local governments regarding provisions of the controlled substances act, chapter 69.50 RCW.


Executive Session:

  1. HB 2155 - Preventing theft of alcoholic spirits from licensed retailers.
  2. HB 2303 - Encouraging safe and responsible sales of marijuana by authorizing the use of minors in compliance checks and addressing identification and manufacturing.

 

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Health Care & Wellness
1/30/14 10:00 am

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

Public Hearing:

  1. HB 2159 - Concerning restoration of funding to in-home care services.
  2. HB 2160 - Allowing physical therapists to perform spinal manipulation.
  3. HB 2310 - Concerning safety equipment for individual providers.
  4. HB 2338 - Requiring a rule-making process to change the scope of practice of a health care profession.
  5. HB 2449 - Addressing long-term care insurance price transparency.

 

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Judiciary
1/30/14 8:00 am

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

Executive Session:

  1. HB 2055 - Concerning the recovery of costs in consumer protection actions.
  2. HB 2120 - Concerning actions for damage to real property resulting from construction, alteration, or repair on adjacent property.
  3. HB 2117 - Preventing breed-based dog regulations.
  4. HB 2300 - Regarding valuables of guests, lodgers, and boarders of hotels.
  5. SHB 1285 - Modifying provisions regarding the representation of children in dependency matters.
  6. HB 1694 - Establishing a residential schedule adjustment for determinations of child support obligations.
  7. HB 2235 - Creating effective and timely access to magistrates for purposes of reviewing search warrant applications.
  8. HB 2353 - Concerning actions for trespass upon a business owner's premises.
  9. HB 2240 - Concerning reserve studies for certain unit owners' associations.
  10. HB 1963 - Standards for detention of persons with mental disorders or chemical dependency.
  11. HB 2287 - Concerning the regulation of legal service organizations.
  12. HB 2391 - Requiring the department of licensing to conduct a review of the need for regulation of process servers.
  13. SHB 1029 - Concerning private road maintenance agreements.


Public Hearing:

  1. HB 2483 - Concerning standards for awarding maintenance in dissolution or legal separation proceedings.
  2. HB 2559 - Concerning parental rights and responsibilities of sexual assault perpetrators and survivors.
  3. HB 2567 - Concerning the approval of minutes from annual meetings of homeowners' associations.
  4. HB 2491 - Authorizing online tax lien foreclosure sales.
  5. HB 2592 - Concerning county electronic public auctions.

 

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Labor & Workforce Development*
1/30/14 8:00 am

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

REVISED 1/29/2014 8:16 AM

Public Hearing:

  1. HB 2113 - Modifying the exemption from contractor registration requirements for work that is casual, minor, or inconsequential.
  2. HB 2146 - Concerning department of labor and industries appeal bonds.
  3. HB 2501 - Concerning registration requirements for contractors.
  4. HB 2545 - Prohibiting employers from asking about or using nonconviction information in initial applications for employment.


Possible Executive Session:

  1. HB 2527 - Establishing the prevailing rate of wage based on collective bargaining agreements or other methods if collective bargaining agreements are not available.
  2. HB 2238 - Addressing paid vacation leave.

 

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Local Government*
1/30/14 10:00 am

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

REVISED 1/29/2014 10:26 AM

Public Hearing:

  1. HB 2499 - Permitting school siting outside of urban growth areas.
  2. HB 2593 - Revising local government treasury practices and procedures.
  3. HB 2618 - Modifying provisions governing public works projects of code cities.
  4. HB 2637 - Concerning annexations by code cities in counties with four hundred thousand or more residents.
  5. HB 2677 - Establishing a process for the payment of impact fees through provisions stipulated in recorded covenants.


Possible Executive Session:

  1. HB 2278 - Concerning interlocal agreements for ambulance services between fire protection districts and contiguous cities.
  2. HB 2298 - Changing the definition of capital projects to include technology infrastructure.
  3. HB 2433 - Requiring a city or town to notify light and power businesses and gas distribution businesses of annexed areas and affected properties.
  4. HB 2547 - Providing for the creation of a less than countywide port district within a county containing no port districts.
  5. HB 2593 - Revising local government treasury practices and procedures.
  6. HB 2618 - Modifying provisions governing public works projects of code cities.
  7. HB 2637 - Concerning annexations by code cities in counties with four hundred thousand or more residents.

 

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Technology & Economic Development*
1/30/14 8:00 am

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

REVISED 1/29/2014 12:38 PM

Work Session: State of Life Sciences in Washington - Life Sciences Discovery Fund and Washington Biotechnology and Biomedical Association.

Public Hearing: HB 2580 - Fostering economic resilience and development in Washington by supporting the maritime industry and other manufacturing sectors.

Executive Session:

  1. HB 1643 - Regarding energy conservation under the energy independence act.
  2. HB 2059 - Concerning the voluntary purchase of eligible renewable resources by customers of electric utilities.
  3. HB 2175 - Removing barriers to economic development in the telecommunications industry.
  4. HB 2176 - Concerning leased energy systems.
  5. HB 2177 - Concerning the expansion of natural gas infrastructure in rural or underserved areas.
  6. HB 2179 - Regarding government surveillance conducted with extraordinary sensing devices.
  7. HB 2417 - Changing membership provisions of the Washington economic development finance authority.

 

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Transportation*
1/30/14 3:30 pm

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

REVISED 1/23/2014 9:09 AM

Work Session: Focus on Trade: Washington grain and the Port of Longview.

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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*
1/30/14 10:00 am

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

REVISED 1/29/2014 10:57 AM

Public Hearing:

  1. SB 6402 - Defining honey bee products and services as an agricultural product. (Hearing is on the Proposed Substitute.)
  2. SB 5954 - Regarding industrial hemp.
  3. SB 6214 - Concerning industrial hemp production. (Hearing is on the Proposed Substitute.)


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

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

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

REVISED 1/28/2014 4:25 PM

Public Hearing:

  1. SB 6258 - Using conservation achieved by a qualifying utility in excess of its biennial acquisition target under the energy independence act.
  2. SB 6177 - Regarding financing for stewardship of mercury-containing lights.


Work Session:

  1. Overview of solar incentives.
  2. Update on climate legislative executive work group.


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

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

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

REVISED 1/29/2014 3:25 PM

Public Hearing:

  1. SB 6110 - Regulating retainage bonds on public contracts.
  2. SB 6313 - Concerning a surcharge for local homeless housing and assistance.
  3. SB 6330 - Promoting affordable housing in urban growth areas. (Hearing is on the Proposed Substitute).


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

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Governmental Operations*
1/30/14 10:00 am

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

REVISED 1/29/2014 10:46 AM

Public Hearing:

  1. SB 6200 - Concerning the Washington state historical society. (Hearing is on the Proposed Substitute.)
  2. SB 6289 - Allowing county treasurers to accept partial payments of property taxes in any amount at any time without previous agreement if payments are made by electronic payment and subjecting certain interest, penalties, and costs associated with delinquent property tax payments to usury limitations.
  3. SB 6303 - Modifying withdrawal of candidacy provisions.
  4. SB 6315 - Providing for the creation of a less than countywide port district within a county containing no port districts.
  5. SB 6183 - Requiring public employee collective bargaining sessions to be open meetings.
  6. SB 5520 - Establishing a regional fire protection service authority formation process for cities.


If proposed substitutes are to be heard, they can be obtained from committee staff or on the committee's website, http://www.leg.wa.gov/Senate/Committees/GOV/Pages/default.aspx, as soon as they are available. Possible executive session on bills heard in committee. Other business.

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Health Care *
1/30/14 10:00 am

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

REVISED 1/28/2014 1:57 PM

Public Hearing:

  1. SB 6016 - Concerning continuity of care for enrollees in the Washington health benefit exchange during grace periods. (Hearing is on the Proposed Substitute.)
  2. SB 6304 - Preserving patient and practitioner freedom to obtain and provide health care by prohibiting unfair and deceptive practices in contracting for and managing health care delivery under health plans.
  3. SB 6265 - Concerning state and local agencies that obtain patient health care information.
  4. SB 6124 - Developing a state Alzheimer's plan. (Hearing is on the Proposed Substitute.)
  5. SB 6137 - Regulating pharmacy benefit managers and pharmacy audits.


Possible Executive Session:

  1. SB 5931 - Clarifying the requirements for health plans offered outside of the exchange.
  2. SB 6138 - Allowing the Washington state dental quality assurance commission to adopt rules regarding credential renewal requirements for dental professionals.
  3. SB 6299 - Requiring the department of health to develop and make available resources for pregnant women regarding prenatal nutrition.
  4. SB 6283 - Clarifying the practice of a phlebotomist.
  5. SB 6284 - Regarding expenditures from the public health supplemental account.
  6. SB 6050 - Concerning communication of mammographic breast density information to patients.
  7. SB 6122 - Concerning long-term planning for developmental disabilities services.
  8. SB 5602 - Creating a silver alert system.
  9. SB 6298 - Creating the breastfeeding-friendly Washington designation for hospitals.
  10. SB 6297 - Requiring the department of health to develop and make available resources for pregnant women regarding childhood immunizations.


Proposed substitutes can be obtained from committee staff or on the committee's website, http://www.leg.wa.gov/Senate/Committees/HLTH/Pages/default.aspx, as soon as they are available. Other business.

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

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

REVISED 1/24/2014 1:58 PM

Public Hearing:

  1. SGA 9270 - Claire Grace, Member, Higher Education Facilities Authority.
  2. SGA 9235 - Frederick Goldberg, Member, Board of Trustees, The Evergreen State College.


Work Session:

  1. Overview of cost of attendance and financial aid options at a research university, regional university, community college, and private university.
  2. Overview of student loans.


Public Hearing: SB 6358 - Requiring institutions of higher education to provide certain financial aid information to admitted and prospective students.

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

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Human Services & Corrections*
1/30/14 10:00 am

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

REVISED 1/23/2014 8:56 AM

Public Hearing:

  1. SSB 5064 - Concerning persons sentenced for offenses committed prior to reaching eighteen years of age.
  2. ESSB 5735 - Concerning registered sex or kidnapping offenders.
  3. SB 6211 - Concerning the termination of basic food benefits to incarcerated persons.
  4. SB 6390 - Forming the juvenile sentencing task force to review and make recommendations regarding juvenile sentencing matters.
  5. SB 6257 - Ordering the caseload forecast council to publish sentencing information concerning racial disproportionality.


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

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

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

REVISED 1/27/2014 8:31 AM

Public Hearing:

  1. SB 6446 - Concerning payments in lieu of taxes on county game lands.
  2. SB 6450 - Concerning on-water dwellings.
  3. SGA 9261 - Loretta S Dekay, Member, Columbia River Gorge Commission.
  4. SGA 9225 - Nancy Biery, Member, Salmon Recovery Funding Board.
  5. SGA 9281 - Robert F Kehoe, Member, Fish and Wildlife Commission.
  6. SGA 9245 - Elizabeth W Bloomfield, Member, Recreation and Conservation Funding Board.


There will be no public testimony taken on Senate Gubernatorial Appointments. However, you may submit written comments to staff. Staff will distribute the comments to committee members. Please submit comments to Joseph.Parrino@leg.wa.gov. Possible executive session on bills heard in committee. Other business.

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Trade & Economic Development*
1/30/14 8:00 am

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

REVISED 1/28/2014 4:02 PM

Public Hearing:

  1. SB 6267 - Concerning high-technology research and development tax incentives.
  2. SB 6430 - Extending tax preferences for high-technology research and development.
  3. SB 6096 - Providing for property tax exemption for the value of new construction of industrial/manufacturing facilities in targeted urban areas.
  4. SB 6355 - Concerning projects of statewide significance for economic development and transportation.
  5. SJM 8011 - Concerning international trade policy reforms.


Executive Session:

  1. SB 6318 - Providing greater small business assistance by modifying the filing threshold for business and occupation tax purposes.
  2. SB 6182 - Establishing a tax credit for employers participating in the apprenticeship program.
  3. SB 6175 - Modifying the tax appeal process.
  4. SB 6169 - Changing membership provisions of the Washington economic development finance authority.


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

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Transportation
1/30/14 3:30 pm

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

Work Session: Oversize load permits and Skagit River Bridge update - Washington State Department of Transportation.

Public Hearing: SB 5944 - Concerning special permits and signage for certain overheight or overwidth vehicle loads.

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

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

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

REVISED 1/29/2014 7:51 AM

Work Session:

  1. Trends in construction costs.
  2. Capital budget cost drivers:
    1. Prevailing wages.
    2. High performance buildings.
    3. Project scope and durability.
  3. Construction costs panel.


Other business.




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