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WaLeg Day 3: Inauguration ceremonies in morning, ball at night

The Washington state Capitol building in Olympia features the classic dome architecture and houses the governor's office and the Legislature's two chambers. Photographed Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)
The Washington state Capitol building in Olympia features the classic dome architecture and houses the governor's office and the Legislature's two chambers. Photographed Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

OLYMPIA -- Wednesday is Inauguration Day.

Elected statewide officials will be sworn in. Gov. Jay Inslee will give an inauguration address at noon to a joint session of the Legislature with plenty of visiting dignitaries in attendance. There will be receptions in the afternoon, a pickup game of Horse on the basketball court near the governor's mansion, and an Inaugural Ball in the evening.

The Legislature will also have hearings, but they'll fit them around the festivities, so some committees will meet at 8 a.m., others start in the afternoon. Here's the hearing schedule, as of Tuesday afternoon: 

8:00 AM

Energy, Environment & Telecommunications (S)

Senate Hearing Rm 2

 
 

Law & Justice (S)

Senate Hearing Rm 4

 
 

State Government (S)

Senate Hearing Rm 1

 
 

Agriculture & Natural Resources (H)

House Hearing Rm B

 
 

Judiciary (H)

House Hearing Rm A

 

8:30 AM

Technology & Economic Development (H)

House Hearing Rm C

 

9:00 AM

Community Development, Housing & Tribal Affairs (H)

House Hearing Rm E

 
 

Local Government (H)

House Hearing Rm D

 

10:00 AM

SENATE SESSION/CAUCUS

   
 

HOUSE SESSION/CAUCUS

   

11:00 AM

JOINT SESSION

   

12:00 PM

INAUGURAL ADDRESS (GOVERNOR INSLEE)

   

1:30 PM

Commerce, Labor & Sports (S)

Senate Hearing Rm 4

 
 

Business & Financial Services (H)

House Hearing Rm B

 
 

Early Learning & Human Services (H)

House Hearing Rm C

 
 

Health Care & Wellness (H)

House Hearing Rm A

 
 

Higher Education (H)

House Hearing Rm D

 
 

State Government (H)

House Hearing Rm E

 

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


Agriculture & Natural Resources
1/11/17 8:00 am

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

Work Session: Department of Fish and Wildlife Updates.

  1. Washington's Wild Future Initiative.
  2. Hydraulic Projects Permitting.

 

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Appropriations
1/11/17 3:30 pm

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

Public Hearing: HB 1059 - Delaying implementation of revisions to the school levy lid.

Work Session: Overview of the operating budget process, structure, and other considerations.

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Business & Financial Services*
1/11/17 1:30 pm

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

REVISED 1/10/2017 10:21 AM

Possible Executive Session:

  1. HB 1045 - Addressing licensing and enforcement provisions applicable to money transmitters and currency exchanges under the uniform money services act.
  2. HB 1027 - Addressing surplus line broker licensing.
  3. HB 1053 - Addressing the Washington state credit union act.

 

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Community Development, Housing & Tribal Affairs
1/11/17 9:00 am

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

Work Session: Resources for homelessness programs.

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Early Learning & Human Services
1/11/17 1:30 pm

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

Work Session:

  1. DSHS presentation regarding foster youth placement continuum.
  2. Panel discussion regarding foster placement issues.

 

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Health Care & Wellness
1/11/17 1:30 pm

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

Work Session:

  1. Introduction to and updates from the Behavioral Health Administration.
  2. Overview of the Select Committee on Quality Improvement in State Hospitals and recommendations.
  3. Introduction to the Health Benefit Exchange.

 

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Higher Education
1/11/17 1:30 pm

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

Work Session:

  1. Campus Sexual Violence Prevention Task Force Report Overview.
  2. Task Force on Mental Health and Suicide Prevention in Higher Education Report Overview.

 

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Judiciary
1/11/17 8:00 am

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

Public Hearing:

  1. HB 1016 - Requiring a finding of guilt prior to the forfeiture of private property.
  2. HB 1055 - Concerning pro bono legal services for military service members, veterans, and their families.
  3. HB 1056 - Concerning consumer protections for military service members on active duty.

 

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Local Government
1/11/17 9:00 am

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

Work Session: Overview of the priorities and goals of Local Government Committee members during the 2017 legislative session.

 

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State Government
1/11/17 1:30 pm

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

Work Session:

  1. Introductions.
  2. Committee jurisdiction overview.
  3. Overview of the Public Records Act and Open Public Meetings Act.
  4. Office of the Chief Information Officer overview.
  5. Department of Enterprise Services agency overview and role in state procurement.
  6. Campaign finance overview.
  7. Legislative and Executive Ethics Boards overview.
  8. Elections Process.
    1. Key dates in elections.
    2. Path of the ballot.
    3. E-ballots.
    4. Accessibility.
    5. Election certification.
    6. Election cost distribution.

 

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Technology & Economic Development
1/11/17 8:30 am

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

Work Session:

  1. Tax increment financing.
    1. Local Infrastructure Financing Tool Program (LIFT) 2016 biennial report.
    2. Community Economic Revitalization Board (CERB) 2016 biennial report.
    3. Local Revitalization Financing (LRF) program overview.
    4. Local Infrastructure Project Area (LIPA) Financing program overview.
  2. State Auditor's Office report on assessing implementation of Washington's Regulatory Fairness Act and its impact on small businesses.
  3. Biometrics.

 

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Transportation
1/11/17 3:30 pm

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

Work Session:

  1. Washington State Department of Transportation: State of the state of transportation.
  2. Joint Transportation Committee: Introduction and update.
  3. Washington State Transportation Commission: Introduction and update.

 

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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


Commerce, Labor & Sports
1/11/17 1:30 pm

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

Work Session: Governor's proposed tax increases and potential impacts on Washington businesses.

Other business.

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Energy, Environment & Telecommunications
1/11/17 8:00 am

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

Work Session: 5G wireless technology.

Other business.

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Law & Justice*
1/11/17 8:00 am

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

REVISED 1/6/2017 5:33 PM

Work Session: Update on SSB 6295 - Clarifying the venue in which coroner's inquests are to be convened and payment of related costs.

Public Hearing:

  1. Concerning seizure and forfeiture reporting [S-0264.1].
  2. Concerning the burden of proof in certain civil asset forfeiture hearings [S-0350.1].
  3. Concerning disclosures regarding incentivized evidence and testimony [S-0438.1].
  4. SB 5021 - Concerning pro bono legal services for military service members, veterans, and their families. (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/LAW/Pages/default.aspx, as soon as they are available. Other business.

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State Government*
1/11/17 8:00 am

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

REVISED 1/6/2017 9:57 AM

Public Hearing:

  1. SJM 8000 - 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.
  2. SJM 8001 - Calling on Congress to exercise its authority under Article V of the United States Constitution to regulate money spent on elections.
  3. SB 5019 - Providing prepaid postage for primary and general election ballots.
  4. SB 5020 - Concerning certain state ethnic and cultural diversity commissions.
  5. Concerning government performance and accountability [S-0451].
  6. Improving state budgeting through zero-based budget reviews [S-0454].


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

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Transportation
1/11/17 3:30 pm

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

Work Session: Committee introductions:

  1. Chair and Ranking Member introductions.
  2. Committee Member introductions.
  3. Committee operating procedures.
  4. Committee staff introductions.

 

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Ways & Means
1/11/17 3:30 pm

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

Public Hearing: Governor's Proposed Operating Budget.

  1. K-12 Public Schools.
  2. Higher Education.
  3. Early Learning.
  4. Employee Compensation.
  5. Mental Health.
  6. Other Human Services.
  7. Natural Resources.
  8. All Other.



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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