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WALeg Day 47: Senate could vote on gas tax proposals

OLYMPIA -- The Senate is likely to vote on proposals to raise the state's gasoline tax, a Republican version that includes changes in transportation policy their caucus says are needed reforms and a Democratic alternative without those changes that caucus refers to as a "clean" proposal.

Both would involve raising the gasoline tax by more than 11 cents over several years, and a list of projects around the state. Missing from the Democratic proposal would be a shift of sales tax revenue from transportation projects, moving it from the state's general fund to the transportation fund.

Republicans say transportation taxes should be spent on transportation projects. Democrats counter that the shift could blow a hole of nearly $1 billion in the general fund at a time when the state is under a court order to spend more on public schools.

Meanwhile, the budget committees close out discussions and votes in advance of a deadline.

Legislative Meeting Schedule

Friday, February 27, 2015

Time

Committee

Location

 

8:00 AM

Appropriations (H)

House Hearing Rm A

 

9:00 AM

SENATE SESSION/CAUCUS

   

9:55 AM

PRO FORMA HOUSE SESSION

   

1:30 PM

Transportation (S)

Senate Hearing Rm 1

 
 

Ways & Means (S)

Senate Hearing Rm 4

 

3:30 PM

Transportation (S)

Senate Hearing Rm 1

 
 

Ways & Means (S)

Senate Hearing Rm 4

 


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House Committees


Appropriations
2/27/15 8:00 am

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

Public Hearing: Bills referred to committee.

Possible Executive Session: Bills previously heard in committee.

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Transportation*
2/27/15 9:00 am

House Full Committee
House Hearing Rm B
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


Transportation
2/27/15 1:30 pm

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

Public Hearing: To be announced.

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

Transportation
2/27/15 3:30 pm

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

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

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

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Ways & Means*
2/27/15 1:30 pm

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

REVISED 2/26/2015 2:09 PM

Executive Session:

  1. SB 5999 - Addressing the caseload forecast council.
  2. SSB 5215 - Establishing the Washington internet crimes against children account.
  3. SB 5186 - Allowing certain health care coverage deductions from the calculation of disposable income for the purpose of qualifying for senior property tax programs.
  4. SSB 5127 - Revising a property tax exemption for veterans with total disability ratings and their surviving spouses or domestic partners.
  5. SB 5981 - Concerning limitations on state debt.
  6. SB 5633 - Creating a coordinator for the helmets to hardhats program in the department of veterans affairs.
  7. SSB 5098 - Increasing efficiency in child care reporting.
  8. SSB 5452 - Improving quality in the early care and education system.
  9. SSB 5631 - Concerning the administration of a statewide network of community-based domestic violence victim services by the department of social and health services.
  10. SB 5740 - Concerning extended foster care services.
  11. SSB 5888 - Concerning near fatality incidents of children who have received services from the department of social and health services.
  12. SSB 5755 - Addressing and mitigating the impacts of property crimes in Washington state.
  13. SSB 5644 - Concerning initial detention under the involuntary treatment act.
  14. SSB 5925 - Concerning diversion of nonfelony charges when a party has raised the issue of competency to stand trial.
  15. SSB 5142 - Addressing the health benefit exchange aggregation of funds and collection of data.
  16. SSB 5889 - Concerning timeliness of competency evaluation and restoration services.
  17. SB 5840 - Concerning reimbursement to eligible providers for medicaid ground emergency medical transportation services.
  18. SSB 5317 - Requiring universal screening and provider payment for autism and developmental delays for children in medicaid programs.
  19. SB 5728 - Allowing patients to opt out of HIV testing.
  20. SSB 5649 - Concerning involuntary outpatient mental health treatment.
  21. SB 5753 - Creating a county property tax exemption for energy efficient construction.
  22. SSB 5761 - Providing for property tax exemption for the value of new construction of industrial/manufacturing facilities in targeted urban areas.
  23. SB 5868 - Providing an exemption for certain lodging services from the convention and trade center tax.
  24. SSB 5280 - Concerning the sale of beer and cider by grocery store licensees.
  25. SSB 5093 - Creating the nuclear energy education program.
  26. SB 5864 - Concerning sales and use tax for cities to offset municipal service costs to newly annexed areas.


Other business.

Ways & Means
2/27/15 3:30 pm

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

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

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

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Jim Camden
Jim Camden joined The Spokesman-Review in 1981 and retired in 2021. He is currently the political and state government correspondent covering Washington state.

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