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WaLeg Day 10: Charter schools and college athletes

OLYMPIA -- The Senate is expected to vote Wednesday on a bill that attempts to overcome the Supreme Court's constitutional problems with charter schools receiving state money.

The Senate Commerce and Labor Committee has an afternoon hearing on college athletes and their amateur status.

The House Appropriations Committee has a hearing on a bill on education funding.

House Health Care and Wellness will hear a proposal to raise the age for smoking tobacco or using vapor products to 21.

It's Potato Day, during which the state potato industry serves up baked spuds with all the fixins to legislators and staff under the dome of the Legislative Building.

The Greater Spokane Inc. "fly-in" has area government, business and school officials prowling the Capitol Campus looking for support on local projects. 

And there's a strange round yellow thing in the sky that hurts the eyes when one looks at it for too long. Someone says it's the sun, but we can't be sure because it's been so long since we've seen it.

The full hearing schedule:

Legislative Meeting Schedule

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Time

Committee

Location

 

8:00 AM

Accountability & Reform (S)

Senate Hearing Rm 2

 
 

Trade & Economic Development (S)

Senate Hearing Rm 3

 
 

Agriculture & Natural Resources (H)

House Hearing Rm B

 
 

Judiciary (H)

House Hearing Rm A

 
 

Local Government (H)

House Hearing Rm D

 
 

State Government (H)

House Hearing Rm E

 

8:30 AM

Technology & Economic Development (H)

House Hearing Rm C

 

10:00 AM

SENATE DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS

   
 

SENATE MAJORITY COALITION CAUCUS

   
 

SENATE SESSION

   
 

HOUSE SESSION/CAUCUS

   

1:30 PM

Commerce & Labor (S)

Senate Hearing Rm 1

 
 

Energy, Environment & Telecommunications (S)

Senate Hearing Rm 4

 
 

Financial Institutions & Insurance (S)

Senate Hearing Rm 2

 
 

Natural Resources & Parks (S)

Senate Hearing Rm 3

 
 

Business & Financial Services (H)

House Hearing Rm B

 
 

Early Learning & Human Services (H)

House Hearing Rm E

 
 

Health Care & Wellness (H)

House Hearing Rm A

 
 

Higher Education (H)

House Hearing Rm C

 
 

Public Safety (H)

House Hearing Rm D

 

3:30 PM

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
1/20/16 8:00 am

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

Work Session: Puget Sound steelhead update by the Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Public Hearing:

  1. HB 2430 - Preserving water resources for an array of water supply needs, including irrigated agriculture, fish and wildlife habitat, and municipal use, by updating water conservation standards for appliances.
  2. HB 2493 - Extending the expiration date of the habitat and recreation lands coordinating group.


Possible Executive Session:

  1. HB 2331 - Concerning the expiration date of the invasive species council and account.
  2. 2SHB 1118 - Creating cost savings by providing administrative flexibility to the department of fish and wildlife in its implementation of Title 77 RCW while not directing any changes to resource management outcomes.

 

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Appropriations*
1/20/16 3:30 pm

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

REVISED 1/19/2016 12:47 PM

Public Hearing:

  1. SHB 1725 - Concerning a consumer's right to assign hours to individual providers and the department of social and health services' authority to establish criteria regarding the payment of individual providers.
  2. SHB 1900 - Concerning school counselors, social workers, and psychologists.
  3. HB 2298 - Addressing survivor benefits from the public employees' retirement system for survivors of members in registered domestic partnerships prior to December 2012.
  4. HB 2366 - Concerning basic education obligations.
  5. HB 2698 - Delaying implementation of revisions to the school levy lid and local effort assistance.


Possible Executive Session:

  1. 2SHB 1295 - Concerning breakfast after the bell programs.
  2. HB 1345 - Adopting a definition and standards of professional learning.
  3. 3SHB 1541 - Implementing strategies to close the educational opportunity gap, based on the recommendations of the educational opportunity gap oversight and accountability 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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Business & Financial Services*
1/20/16 1:30 pm

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

REVISED 1/14/2016 10:14 AM

Public Hearing:

  1. HB 1336 - Allowing fingerprint-based background checks for the licensing of any security guard.
  2. HB 2388 - Concerning theatrical wrestling.
  3. HB 2433 - Concerning certified public accountant firm mobility.
  4. HB 2512 - Concerning the retention and maintenance of auto dealer and repair facility records.


Possible Executive Session:

  1. HB 2355 - Concerning registered service contract and protection product guarantee providers.
  2. HB 2356 - Concerning employer agreements to reimburse certain employee costs for the use of personal vehicles for business purposes.
  3. HB 2516 - Providing that commercial transportation services providers are not commuter ride-sharing arrangements.

 

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Early Learning & Human Services
1/20/16 1:30 pm

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

Work Session: Overview of children's mental health issues.

Public Hearing: HB 2439 - Increasing access to adequate and appropriate mental health services for children and youth.

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Health Care & Wellness*
1/20/16 1:30 pm

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

REVISED 1/19/2016 1:32 PM

Public Hearing:

  1. HB 2313 - Concerning the age of individuals at which sale or distribution of tobacco and vapor products may be made.
  2. HB 2445 - Addressing third-party administrators and benefits managers.
  3. HB 2447 - Addressing emergency health care services balanced billing.
  4. HB 2448 - Concerning the practice of certain East Asian medicine therapies.

 

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Higher Education*
1/20/16 1:30 pm

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

REVISED 1/14/2016 2:19 PM

Work Session: Credit for Prior Learning.

Public Hearing:

  1. HB 2349 - Eliminating the term "branch" as an identifying factor for extensions of the public institutions of higher education.
  2. HB 2546 - Adding a faculty representative to the membership of the board of regents at the University of Washington.

 

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Judiciary
1/20/16 8:00 am

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

Possible Executive Session:

  1. HB 2097 - Revising the authority to charge fees in courts of limited jurisdiction.
  2. HB 2362 - Concerning video and/or sound recordings made by law enforcement or corrections officers.


Public Hearing:

  1. HB 2371 - Requiring a court that consults the judicial information system in order to render a decision to file a copy of the information used in the court file upon request of a party.
  2. HB 2401 - Providing procedures to allow court orders for visitation with adults.
  3. HB 2402 - Requiring a guardian or limited guardian to provide certain communications with relatives of incapacitated persons.

 

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Local Government*
1/20/16 8:00 am

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

REVISED 1/14/2016 3:48 PM

Work Session: Consideration of the 2015 Legislative Task Force on School Siting.

Possible Executive Session:

  1. HB 1605 - Modifying certain provisions governing benefit charges of fire protection districts and regional fire protection service authorities.
  2. HB 1802 - Concerning optional methods of financing long-range planning costs.
  3. HB 2303 - Adopting the international wildland urban interface code by reference for purposes of the state building code.
  4. HB 2321 - Removing disincentives to the voluntary formation of regional fire protection service authorities by equalizing certain provisions with existing laws governing fire protection districts and by clarifying the formation process.
  5. HB 2348 - Providing local governments with flexibility regarding local fireworks ordinances.
  6. HB 2358 - Concerning water-sewer districts.
  7. HB 2427 - Concerning local government modernization.
  8. HB 2532 - Studying public access to library services in local jurisdictions across Washington.

 

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Public Safety*
1/20/16 1:30 pm

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

REVISED 1/15/2016 2:55 PM

Public Hearing:

  1. EHB 1632 - Concerning domestic violence.
  2. HB 2080 - Concerning fingerprint-based background checks for health professionals.
  3. HB 2375 - Concerning cybercrime.
  4. HB 2369 - Modifying the authority of liquor enforcement officers.

 

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State Government*
1/20/16 8:00 am

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

REVISED 1/19/2016 1:26 PM

Public Hearing:

  1. HB 2436 - Equalizing access to permanent ballot drop boxes for every Washington citizen.
  2. HB 2697 - Concerning campaign finance reporting requirements.


Executive Session:

  1. ESHB 1745 - Enacting the Washington voting rights act.
  2. HB 2435 - Enhancing election reconciliation reports.
  3. HB 2437 - Concerning election year restrictions on state legislators.
  4. HB 2469 - Concerning candidate filing fee petitions.
  5. HB 2477 - Concerning candidate filing fee petitions.
  6. HB 2623 - Concerning recounts of statewide advisory measures.
  7. HB 2624 - Concerning election errors involving measures.
  8. HB 2129 - Bringing Washington state government contracting provisions into compliance with federal law as it relates to small works bonding requirements.

 

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Technology & Economic Development*
1/20/16 8:30 am

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

REVISED 1/15/2016 2:08 PM

Work Session: Clean Power Plan.

Public Hearing: HB 2506 - Concerning the development of a state plan to implement federal regulations on electric generation facilities.

*Meeting start time is 8:30 a.m.

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Transportation*
1/20/16 3:30 pm

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

REVISED 1/19/2016 11:26 AM

Work Session: Commute Trip Reduction Program.

Possible Executive Session:

  1. ESHB 1808 - Concerning passenger-carrying vehicles for railroad employees.
  2. HB 2274 - Concerning the filing of abandoned vehicle reports of sale.
  3. HB 2317 - Expanding the use of neighborhood and medium-speed electric vehicles.
  4. HB 2322 - Concerning the vehicle license cost recovery fee charged for certain rental car transactions.


Public Hearing: HB 2413 - Concerning aircraft registration simplification and fairness.

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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*
1/20/16 8:00 am

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

REVISED 1/19/2016 1:33 PM

Work Session:

  1. Sunset review of the Medicaid False Claims Act.
  2. Policies, plans, and activity performed to safeguard Medicaid from false claims.


Public Hearing: SB 6156 - Reauthorizing the medicaid fraud false claims act.

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

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Commerce & Labor*
1/20/16 1:30 pm

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

REVISED 1/19/2016 3:04 PM

Work Session: Amateur/college sports: cost of attendance stipends, concussion protocol, and other amateur athlete issues.

Public Hearing:

  1. SB 6281 - Enacting amendments to the uniform athlete agents act.
  2. SB 6333 - Classifying fantasy sports contests as contests of skill.
  3. SB 6386 - Concerning retractable basketball hoop safety.
  4. SB 6285 - Providing that the horse racing commission operating account is a nonappropriated account.


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

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Energy, Environment & Telecommunications*
1/20/16 1:30 pm

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

REVISED 1/18/2016 9:10 AM

Public Hearing:

  1. SB 6217 - Regarding nuclear power generation in the state plan submitted to the United States environmental protection agency under the clean power plan.
  2. SB 6248 - Concerning risk mitigation plans to promote the transition of eligible coal units.
  3. SB 6253 - Allowing public utility districts to own community solar projects within or without district boundaries. (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/NNNN/Pages/default.aspx, as soon as they are available. Possible executive session on bills heard in committee. Other business.

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Financial Institutions & Insurance*
1/20/16 1:30 pm

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

REVISED 1/19/2016 8:33 AM

Public Hearing:

  1. SB 6153 - Concerning the maintenance of certificates of title for manufactured homes.
  2. SB 6349 - Concerning public funds and deposits.
  3. SB 6405 - Addressing the civilian health and medical program for the veterans affairs administration.
  4. SB 6301 - Concerning employer agreements to reimburse certain employee costs for the use of personal vehicles for business purposes.
  5. SB 6309 - Concerning registered service contract and protection product guarantee providers.


Executive Session:

  1. SB 6282 - Addressing the expiration date of the mortgage lending fraud prosecution account.
  2. SB 6283 - Addressing the securities act of Washington.
  3. SB 6405 - Addressing the civilian health and medical program for the veterans affairs administration.


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

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Natural Resources & Parks*
1/20/16 1:30 pm

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

REVISED 1/18/2016 12:00 PM

Work Session:

  1. Discussion on the use of pesticides and herbicide on land managed by the Department of Natural Resources.
  2. Update from the Director of the Department of Fish and Wildlife.


Public Hearing:

  1. SB 6297 - Concerning the disposition of penalties paid for failure to comply with recreational site or lands pass/permit requirements. (Hearing is on the Proposed Substitute.)
  2. SB 6296 - Extending the expiration date of the habitat and recreation lands coordinating group.


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

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Trade & Economic Development
1/20/16 8:00 am

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

Work Session:

  1. Impact Washington overview and economic gardening.
  2. Pacific Northwest Economic Region Update.


Public Hearing:

  1. SB 6221 - Promoting economic development through improving regulatory processes and providing technical assistance to businesses. (Remote Testimony Opportunity from Pasco, WA).
  2. SB 6100 - Establishing an economic gardening pilot program. (Remote Testimony Opportunity from Pasco, WA).


Executive Session:

  1. SB 6223 - Enhancing regulatory agency coordination.
  2. SB 6222 - Concerning development of a one-stop portal for Washington businesses.
  3. SB 6033 - Establishing a task force to examine state and local regulations that affect small businesses.
  4. SB 6078 - Creating manufacturing partnerships.


See the following website, http://leg.wa.gov/Senate/Committees/Pages/RemoteTestimony.aspx, for opportunities to register for remote testimony. Registration forms must be submitted 24 hours prior to the committee hearing start time. Possible executive session on bills heard in committee. Other business.

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Transportation*
1/20/16 3:30 pm

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

MEETING CANCELLED.

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Ways & Means
1/20/16 3:30 pm

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

Work Session: Low income health care.

  1. Update on recent forecast issues.
  2. HCA waiver and HB 2572 savings.
  3. Medicaid expansion update.



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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