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WaLeg Day 8: Not a day off in Olympia

OLYMPIA -- The Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday is not a day off at the Legislature, although the House did mark the occasion with speeches when it opened Monday morning.

But many other people  have the day off, so the Capitol is more crowded than usual with people  hoping to catch the ear of their legislator on a particular issue.

Planned Parenthood has scores of teens in pink T-shirts walking the hallways, and the Service Employees International Union has members with blue-and-white scarves participating in a lobbying day.

Senate Republicans have another hearing on the problems at the Department of Corrections that resulted in thousands of inmates getting early release dates because their "good time" was miscalculated. This time the Law and Justice Committee is partnering with the Government Accountability and Reform Committee to talk to department leaders about "failures of management." 

Law and Justice had a hearing on the issue last Monday, and said it was issuing subpoenas last Wednesday.

House Commerce and Gaming has a hearing on a bill to prohibit fantasy sports games, and an executive session on a bill that would require cities or counties that want to ban legal marijuana businesses to get voter approval.

The full schedule is below:

Legislative Meeting Schedule

Monday, January 18, 2016

Time

Committee

Location

 

9:00 AM

SENATE DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS

   

10:00 AM

HOUSE SESSION/CAUCUS

   
 

Celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

   
 

Government Operations & Security (S)

Senate Hearing Rm 2

 
 

Health Care (S)

Senate Hearing Rm 4

 
 

Human Services, Mental Health & Housing (S)

Senate Hearing Rm 1

 

12:00 PM

PRO FORMA SENATE SESSION

   

1:30 PM

Accountability & Reform (S)

Senate Hearing Rm 4

 
 

Commerce & Labor (S)

Senate Hearing Rm 2

 
 

Early Learning & K-12 Education (S)

Senate Hearing Rm 1

 
 

Law & Justice (S)

Senate Hearing Rm 4

 
 

Community Development, Housing & Tribal Affairs (H)

House Hearing Rm E

 
 

Commerce & Gaming (H)

House Hearing Rm C

 
 

Education (H)

House Hearing Rm A

 
 

Environment (H)

House Hearing Rm B

 
 

Labor & Workplace Standards (H)

House Hearing Rm D

 

2:30 PM

Law & Justice (S)

Senate Hearing Rm 4

 

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


Appropriations
1/18/16 3:30 pm

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

Public Hearing:

  1. SHB 1295 - Concerning breakfast after the bell programs. (If measure is referred to committee.)
  2. HB 1345 - Adopting a definition and standards of professional learning.
  3. E2SHB 1541 - Implementing strategies to close the educational opportunity gap, based on the recommendations of the educational opportunity gap oversight and accountability committee. (If measure is referred to committee.)
  4. E2SHB 1682 - Concerning homeless students.
  5. SHB 1737 - Addressing the availability of retired teachers as substitutes.
  6. 2EHB 2214 - Increasing academic rigor and streamlining assessment requirements for high school students.


Executive Session:

  1. SHB 1295 - Concerning breakfast after the bell programs. (If measure is referred to committee.)
  2. HB 1345 - Adopting a definition and standards of professional learning.
  3. E2SHB 1541 - Implementing strategies to close the educational opportunity gap, based on the recommendations of the educational opportunity gap oversight and accountability committee. (If measure is referred to committee.)
  4. E2SHB 1682 - Concerning homeless students.
  5. SHB 1737 - Addressing the availability of retired teachers as substitutes.
  6. 2EHB 2214 - Increasing academic rigor and streamlining assessment requirements for high school students.

 

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Commerce & Gaming
1/18/16 1:30 pm

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

Public Hearing: HB 2370 - Prohibiting fantasy sports games.

Possible Executive Session:

  1. HB 1438 - Permitting cities, towns, and counties to prohibit the production, processing, and sale of marijuana under Initiative Measure No. 502 only by public vote.
  2. HB 2320 - Providing that the horse racing commission operating account is a nonappropriated account.
  3. HB 2342 - Concerning performance of personal services by members of the liquor industry to retailers.

 

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Community Development, Housing & Tribal Affairs*
1/18/16 1:30 pm

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

REVISED 1/14/2016 7:32 AM

Public Hearing:

  1. HB 1441 - Concerning dental health services in tribal settings.
  2. HB 2032 - Concerning tribal-state relations.
  3. HB 2395 - Supporting affordable housing with a local government fee on condominium conversions.
  4. HB 2397 - Supporting affordable housing by permitting a local government fee on demolitions that reduce potential housing stock.

 

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Education*
1/18/16 1:30 pm

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

REVISED 1/14/2016 4:46 PM

Work Session: Teacher Shortages.

Public Hearing:

  1. HB 1804 - Concerning the confidentiality of educator professional growth plans.
  2. HB 1293 - Concerning paraeducators.
  3. HB 1983 - Creating the TEACH pilot project of financial assistance for teachers taking basic skills and content tests for teacher certification programs.
  4. HB 1867 - Concerning the frequency of evaluations for certain classroom teachers.

 

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Environment
1/18/16 1:30 pm

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

Public Hearing: HB 2527 - Ensuring the ongoing viability of safe on-site sewage systems as a component of statewide sewage management through the implementation of on-site program management plans.

Work Session: Overview of the Pollution Liability Insurance Agency.

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Labor & Workplace Standards
1/18/16 1:30 pm

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

Public Hearing:

  1. HB 2484 - Requiring inspections, specialized training, and other enhanced workplace standards on dairy farms.
  2. HB 2443 - Concerning the compliance of certain conversion vending units and medical units with certain department of labor and industries requirements.
  3. HB 2444 - Eliminating the reference to the standard industrial classification system in the worker and community right to know fund.

 

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Transportation
1/18/16 3:30 pm

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

Work Session:

  1. Final report on study of Washington State Patrol trooper recruitment and retention.
  2. Final report on study of weigh station planning, placement, and operations.

 

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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


Accountability & Reform*
1/18/16 1:30 pm

Senate Full Committee
Jt. w/ Senate Law & Justice

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

REVISED 1/14/2016 4:18 PM

Work Session:

  1. Department of Corrections: Management, systems, and processes.
  2. Results Washington.
  3. Department of Corrections: Internal audit system, ethics, and culture.
  4. Department of Corrections: OMNI quality control.


Meeting is scheduled to end at 2:30 p.m. Other business.

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Commerce & Labor
1/18/16 1:30 pm

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

Work Session: Self-insured Independent Medical Exams (IMEs) report.

Public Hearing:

  1. SB 6250 - Providing public fire department employees the right to volunteer for or obtain employment with another fire department.
  2. SB 5983 - Addressing services performed by an individual for remuneration.
  3. SB 6207 - Concerning public disclosure of information submitted to the liquor and cannabis board regarding marijuana product traceability and operations.
  4. SB 6177 - Modifying marijuana research license provisions.


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

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Early Learning & K-12 Education*
1/18/16 1:30 pm

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

REVISED 1/15/2016 3:10 PM

Public Hearing:

  1. SB 6195 - Concerning basic education obligations.
  2. SB 6183 - Concerning local school district levy authority.
  3. SB 6273 - Concerning safe technology use and digital citizenship in public schools.
  4. SB 5675 - Expanding dual language and bilingual instruction for early learners through secondary students.
  5. SB 6353 - Delaying implementation of revisions to the school levy lid. (Hearing is on the Proposed Substitute.) (If measure is referred to committee.)


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

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Government Operations & Security
1/18/16 10:00 am

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

Public Hearing:

  1. SB 6021 - Requiring the voters to ratify the agreement between public hospital district No. 1 of King county and UW Medicine.
  2. SB 6037 - Requiring a vote of the people if a public hospital district enters into a contract or agreement in which a certain percentage of the activities of the public hospital district is contracted to another entity.
  3. SB 6312 - Regulating the core legislative powers of elected commissioners of a public hospital district.
  4. SB 6115 - Limiting tax imposed by a city or town on a water distribution business, a sewerage system business, or water and sewerage system business.
  5. SCR 8405 - Renaming "Office Building 2" as the "Human Services Building."
  6. SJM 8015 - Asking congress to call a limited convention, authorized under Article V of the United States Constitution, for the purpose of proposing a free and fair elections amendment to that Constitution.


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

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Health Care
1/18/16 10:00 am

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

Public Hearing:

  1. SB 6181 - Concerning massage therapists.
  2. SB 6203 - Updating statutes relating to the practice of pharmacy including the practice of pharmacy in long-term care settings.


Work Session:

  1. Group Health & Service Employees International Union (SEIU) 775 Health Benefit Trust Engaged Sponsorship Program.
  2. Dual eligible update.


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

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Human Services, Mental Health & Housing
1/18/16 10:00 am

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

Public Hearing:

  1. SB 6211 - Concerning the exemption of property taxes for nonprofit homeownership development.
  2. SB 6229 - Streamlining foster care licensing.
  3. SB 6239 - Authorizing local governments to adopt a property tax exemption program for the preservation of certain affordable housing.


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

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Law & Justice*
1/18/16 1:30 pm

Senate Full Committee
Jt. w/ Senate Accountability & Reform

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

REVISED 1/14/2016 4:18 PM

Work Session:

  1. Department of Corrections: Management, systems, and processes.
  2. Results Washington.
  3. Department of Corrections: Internal audit system, ethics, and culture.
  4. Department of Corrections: OMNI quality control.


Meeting is scheduled to end at 2:30 p.m. Other business.

Law & Justice*
1/18/16 2:30 pm

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

REVISED 1/15/2016 10:34 AM

Public Hearing:

  1. SB 6197 - Concerning cybercrime.
  2. SB 6151 - Concerning sexual assault protection orders.
  3. SB 6242 - Requiring the indeterminate sentence review board to provide certain notices upon receiving a petition for early release.


Executive Session:

  1. SB 6007 - Modifying theft of rental, leased, lease-purchased, or loaned property provisions (Reconsideration).
  2. SB 6338 - Addressing the rights of dissenting members of cooperative associations in certain mergers. (If measure is referred to committee.)


Meeting is scheduled to end at 3:25 p.m. Possible executive session on bills heard in committee. Other business.

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Transportation
1/18/16 3:30 pm

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

Public Hearing:

  1. SB 6105 - Creating a new traffic offense of aggravated left lane driving.
  2. SB 6254 - Authorizing the issuance of Purple Heart license plates for more than one motor vehicle.
  3. SB 6265 - Concerning vehicle weight limits for the movement of agricultural commodities.


Work Session:

  1. Corridor Congestion Report - Washington State Department of Transportation.
  2. Joint Transportation Committee studies.
    1. Weigh Station Planning, Placement and Operations.
    2. Washington State Patrol Trooper Recruitment and Retention.


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

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Ways & Means
1/18/16 3:30 pm

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

Work Session: Joint Legislative Audit Review Committee - Report on tax preferences.

Public Hearing: SB 6194 - Concerning public schools that are not common schools.

Other business.

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Jim Camden
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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