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WALeg Day 46: Might drive 75 and more plates to choose from

OLYMPIA -- Long day ahead for members of the "money" committees as they try to push legislation through the meat grinder.
House Transportation is poised to move a bill that could raise the speed limit on I-90 in some rural areas to 75, and expand the state's list of specialty license plates even further.
House Appropriations has another marathon day of hearings and votes on everything from wolves, to initiative costs to college tuition.
Senate Ways and Means will hear a bill to make the fourth DUI a felony; right now, it's a felony at No. 5.
Here's the day's full schedule:

Thursday, February 26, 2015





8:00 AM

Law & Justice (S)

Senate Hearing Rm 4


Appropriations (H)

House Hearing Rm A


9:00 AM



Transportation (H)

House Hearing Rm B


9:55 AM



1:30 PM

Ways & Means (S)

Senate Hearing Rm 4


3:30 PM

Ways & Means (S)

Senate Hearing Rm 4


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House Committees

2/26/15 8:00 am

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

REVISED 2/24/2015 2:46 PM

Public Hearing:

  1. SHB 1857 - Concerning extreme risk protection orders.
  2. SHB 1364 - Establishing a citizens' initiative review pilot program.
  3. SHB 1390 - Concerning legal financial obligations.
  4. SHB 1684 - Concerning charges for the cost of providing public records in response to public records requests.
  5. HB 1915 - Protecting taxpayers by providing for accountability and transparency in government contracting.
  6. SHB 1095 - Promoting thermal energy efficiency.
  7. SHB 1472 - Concerning using chemical action plans to require safer chemicals in Washington.
  8. SHB 2093 - Concerning wildland fire suppression.
  9. HB 2107 - Requiring the department of fish and wildlife to update the 2011 wolf conservation and management plan to ensure the establishment of a self-sustaining population of gray wolves while also ensuring social tolerance of wolf recovery.
  10. HB 1592 - Concerning tuition waivers for state and educational employees.
  11. SHB 1696 - Modifying provisions related to tuition setting authority at public institutions of higher education.
  12. HB 1812 - Creating an informational program to increase applications from high-achieving low-income high school students to selective institutions of higher education.
  13. SHB 2041 - Creating a pilot project on performance-based scholarships in the state need grant program.
  14. SHB 1450 - Concerning involuntary outpatient mental health treatment.
  15. SHB 1713 - Integrating the treatment systems for mental health and chemical dependency.
  16. SHB 1916 - Integrating administrative provisions for chemical dependency and mental health.
  17. SHB 1780 - Regulating interpreter services.
  18. HB 1967 - Directing the health care authority to apply for federal waivers concerning health care coverage.
  19. HB 2110 - Concerning taxes and service charges on certain stand-alone dental plans offered through the health benefit exchange.
  20. HB 1729 - Concerning the administration of a statewide network of community-based domestic violence victim services by the department of social and health services.
  21. SHB 1999 - Coordinating services and programs for foster youth in order to improve educational outcomes.
  22. SHB 1127 - Creating the agricultural labor skills and safety program.
  23. HB 1519 - Simplifying and enforcing employee status under employment laws to ensure fairness to employers and employees and address the underground economy.
  24. SHB 2063 - Creating an investment program for individuals with disabilities.
  25. HB 1783 - Expanding dual language and bilingual instruction for early learners through secondary students.
  26. SHB 1947 - Establishing a comprehensive plan to expand learning opportunities and improve educational outcomes for students with disabilities or special needs using multiple strategies and statewide partnerships.
  27. HB 1965 - Implementing a temporary additional fee on licenses and permits issued by the Washington state liquor control board.
  28. SHB 2040 - Initiating a campaign to increase veteran employment.
  29. HB 2034 - Authorizing collective bargaining for assistant attorneys general.
  30. SHB 1897 - Creating the joint center for deployment and research in earth-abundant materials.

Possible Executive Session: Bills previously heard in committee.

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2/26/15 9:00 am

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

REVISED 2/25/2015 4:29 PM

Public Hearing: HB 2181 - Modifying the maximum speed limit on highways. (If measure is referred to committee.)

Possible Executive Session:

  1. HB 1430 - Creating Washington state tree special license plates.
  2. HB 1631 - Allowing federally recognized tribes with lands held in trust in a county that is west of the Cascade mountain range that borders Puget Sound with a population of at least one hundred eighteen thousand, but less than two hundred fifty thousand, persons to enter into agreements regarding fuel taxes.
  3. SHB 1695 - Establishing a priority for the use, reuse, and recycling of construction aggregate and recycled concrete materials in Washington.
  4. HB 1830 - Creating Washington state wrestling special license plates.
  5. HB 1850 - Exempting certain department of transportation actions from local review or permit processes under the shoreline management act.
  6. HB 2017 - Creating Washington farmers and ranchers special license plates.
  7. HB 2142 - Providing for a sufficient minimum balance to cover Tacoma Narrows bridge operating expenses.
  8. HB 2181 - Modifying the maximum speed limit on highways. (If measure is referred to committee.)


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Senate Committees

The schedule is subject to the addition of more committee agendas. Please check our website,

Law & Justice
2/26/15 8:00 am

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

Work Session: Review of the Judicial Information System and the Superior Court Case Management System.

Meeting is scheduled to end at 9:00 a.m.

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2/26/15 1:30 pm

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


2/26/15 3:30 pm

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


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Ways & Means*
2/26/15 1:30 pm

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

REVISED 2/25/2015 5:48 PM

Public Hearing:

  1. SSB 5006 - Authorizing the termination of all legal responsibilities of a nonparent if genetic testing shows by clear and convincing evidence that a man is not the genetic father of a child.
  2. SB 5303 - Creating the Washington academic, innovation, and mentoring (AIM) program.
  3. SSB 5353 - Concerning marketing opportunities for spirits produced in Washington by craft and general licensed distilleries.
  4. SSB 5413 - Increasing the flexibility for industrial development district levies for public port districts.
  5. SB 5752 - Regarding information concerning racial disproportionality.
  6. SB 5826 - Creating the Washington small business retirement marketplace.
  7. SB 5779 - Reducing penalties applied to regional support networks and behavioral health organizations.
  8. SSB 5105 - Making a fourth driving under the influence offense a felony.

Executive Session:

  1. SSB 5179 - Concerning paraeducators.
  2. SSB 5437 - Concerning breakfast after the bell programs.
  3. SSB 5688 - Providing students with skills that promote mental health and well-being and increase academic performance.
  4. SSB 5657 - Creating a pilot program to encourage school districts to extend the school day to provide homework assistance to middle schools.
  5. SSB 5908 - Concerning restraint or isolation of students, including students with disabilities, in public schools.
  6. SB 5960 - Requiring the department of fish and wildlife to update the 2011 wolf conservation and management plan to ensure the establishment of a self-sustaining population of gray wolves while also ensuring social tolerance of wolf recovery.
  7. SB 5583 - Providing the fish and wildlife commission with the tools necessary to enact changes to the status of a species.
  8. SB 5561 - Concerning veteran survivor tuition waiver eligibility.
  9. SB 5954 - Reducing tuition.
  10. SSB 5355 - Modifying the definition of resident student to comply with federal requirements established by the veterans access, choice, and accountability act of 2014.
  11. SB 5547 - Requiring a minimum grade point average or equivalent to renew a state need grant.
  12. SSB 5851 - Concerning recommendations of the college bound scholarship program work group.
  13. SSB 5947 - Creating a training program in integrated care psychiatry.
  14. SB 5915 - Concerning dynamic fiscal impact statements.
  15. SB 5944 - Implementing the periodic review of state spending programs.
  16. SSB 5737 - Concerning government performance and accountability.
  17. SB 5154 - Concerning registered sex or kidnapping offenders.
  18. SB 5070 - Requiring the department of corrections to supervise domestic violence offenders who have a conviction and were sentenced for a domestic violence felony offense that was plead and proven.
  19. SB 5593 - Concerning delivery and payment for health care services by hospitals for inmates and persons detained by law enforcement.
  20. SSB 5311 - Requiring crisis intervention training for peace officers.
  21. SB 5197 - Establishing consistent standards for agency decision making.
  22. SB 5320 - Concerning the administrative rate the recreation and conservation funding board may retain to administer the grant programs established in chapter 79A.15 RCW.
  23. SB 5843 - Concerning outdoor recreation.
  24. SB 5016 - Retaining water resources to assure the vitality of local economies.
  25. SSB 5056 - Concerning the use of chemical action plans.
  26. SSB 5670 - Clarifying expenditures under the state universal communications services program.
  27. SB 5190 - Eliminating the requirement to purchase public art with appropriations made for construction of public buildings.
  28. SSB 5404 - Concerning homeless youth prevention and protection.
  29. SB 5897 - Requiring costs for the examination of a suspected victim of assault of a child to be paid by the state.
  30. SSB 5564 - Concerning the sealing of juvenile records and fines imposed in juvenile cases.
  31. SB 5000 - Allowing rural counties providing emergency medical services to locations with a rural amphitheater to impose an additional admissions surcharge.
  32. SB 5301 - Concerning spirits retailers when selling for resale.
  33. SB 5976 - Establishing a consolidating purchasing system for public school employees.
  34. SB 5979 - Providing salary increases in the form of flat dollar monthly increases calculated using the state average wage determined under RCW 50.04.355.
  35. SB 5873 - Permitting persons retired from the law enforcement officers' and firefighters' retirement system plan 1 to select a survivor benefit option.
  36. SB 6016 - Requiring explicit statutory authorization for the use of interest arbitration.

Other business.

Ways & Means
2/26/15 3:30 pm

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

Public Hearing: Continuation of 1:30 p.m. meeting.

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

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