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WaLeg Day 53: One week left

OLYMPIA – With one week to go, the Legislature is scheduled to wrestle with the budget, charter schools, a constitutional amendment on taxes, and programs to fight wildfires.

And that’s just before lunch. Lawmakers could also go late into the evening with votes on bills that have passed one chamber and are waiting in the queue in the other. 

Senate Ways and Means has a long executive session this morning which includes a charter school bill which is "title only", which means it is essentially a blank piece of paper below a title with that particular subject that can have something grafted onto it if budget negotiations require it.

It also has several of the session's hot topics, including an omnibus plan to fight and avoid wildfires, mental health program improvements and a proposal to merge a state pension system for law enforcement and firefighters with a separate pension for school employees. Here's the official schedule for the day's activities. (Note: the Ways and Means meeting start time was moved back to 9 a.m., and Senate start to 11 a.m., on Wednesday evening after the schedule came out.)

8:00 AM

Ways & Means (S)

Senate Hearing Rm 4

 
 

Agriculture & Natural Resources (H)

House Hearing Rm B

 

9:00 AM

Judiciary (H)

House Hearing Rm A

 
 

Local Government (H)

House Hearing Rm D

 

10:00 AM

SENATE SESSION/CAUCUS

   
 

HOUSE SESSION/CAUCUS

   

5:30 PM

SENATE POSSIBLE SESSION/CAUCUS

   

6:00 PM

HOUSE POSSIBLE SESSION/CAUCUS

   


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House Committees


Agriculture & Natural Resources
3/3/16 8:00 am

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

Work Session:

  1. The use of prescribed burning as a forest management tool.
  2. Interim planning: Public comments welcome.

 

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Judiciary
3/3/16 9:00 am

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

Work Session: Interim planning.

*Meeting start time is 9:00 a.m.

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Local Government
3/3/16 9:00 am

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

Work Session: Interim planning.

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Technology & Economic Development*
3/3/16 8:00 am

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

MEETING CANCELLED.

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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


Ways & Means*
3/3/16 8:00 am

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

REVISED 3/2/2016 1:38 PM

Public Hearing:

  1. 2SHB 1725 - Concerning the consumer's right to assign hours to individual providers and the department of social and health services' authority to adopt rules related to payment of individual providers. (Continuation of March 2 Hearing.)
  2. SB 6669 - Consolidating business assistance programs and services. (Continuation of March 2 Hearing.)
  3. SB 6672 - Eliminating a credit against the state sales tax for the local lodging tax authorized under RCW 67.28.180 with respect to sales of lodging in a residential dwelling or a timeshare unit. (Continuation of March 2 Hearing.)


Executive Session:

  1. SB 6656 - Concerning state hospital practices.
  2. 3SHB 1713 - Integrating the treatment systems for mental health and chemical dependency.
  3. SB 6668 - Merging the assets, liabilities, and membership of the law enforcement officers' and firefighters' retirement system plan 1 with the teachers' retirement system plan 1 and establishing a funding policy for the merged plan.
  4. SJR 8215 - Requiring voter approval for any action or combination of actions by the legislature that raises taxes.
  5. SHB 2496 - Concerning pro bono legal services for military service members, veterans, and their families.
  6. SB 6657 - Relating to wildfire management.
  7. SB 6662 - Creating a flexible voluntary program to allow family members to provide personal care services to persons with developmental disabilities or long-term care needs under a consumer-directed medicaid service program.
  8. 2SHB 1725 - Concerning the consumer's right to assign hours to individual providers and the department of social and health services' authority to adopt rules related to payment of individual providers.
  9. SB 6670 - Relating to public schools that are not common schools.
  10. SB 6671 - Concerning the review of state and local homelessness prevention, assistance, and housing efforts.
  11. SB 6669 - Consolidating business assistance programs and services.
  12. SSB 6477 - Concerning a business and occupation tax deduction for chemical dependency services provided by a health or social welfare organization.
  13. SSB 6316 - Concerning designated disaster area financing.
  14. SB 6247 - Exempting from state and local taxes on-site sewage system fees required by a local government to be paid by an on-site sewage system owner to an on-site sewage system contractor or inspector.
  15. SB 6672 - Eliminating a credit against the state sales tax for the local lodging tax authorized under RCW 67.28.180 with respect to sales of lodging in a residential dwelling or a timeshare unit.


Other business.

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Jim Camden joined The Spokesman-Review in 1981. He is currently the political reporter and state government reporter in the newspaper's Olympia bureau office.

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