Legislature: Day 87 for Wednesday, April 6

April 6, 2011 

Good morning. Today is Wednesday, the 87th day of the 105-day session.


The House passed Senate Bill 5540, which would allow school districts to put traffic-safety cameras on school buses. Officials could use the cameras to give out tickets to drivers who pass buses illegally.

The Senate passed House Bill 1186, which would add oil spill prevention measures that tanker companies would have to adhere to in Puget Sound.


The House Ways and Means Committee is scheduled to vote on the operating budget proposal Democrats unveiled Monday, House Bill 1087. Rep. Gary Alexander of Thurston County, the ranking Republican on the committee, said he plans to release a Republican budget proposal as an amendment to the Democrats’ bill.

The House State Government and Tribal Affairs Committee is scheduled to vote on House Bill 2033, which would create a Department of Heritage, Arts and Culture and find money to keep state museums open in Olympia, Tacoma and Spokane. It’s also scheduled for a vote on House Bill 2035, a proposal that would allow private companies to compete with the state printer for some state government jobs.

The House Capital Budget Committee is scheduled to vote on House Bill 1497, the House proposal for a two-year capital budget.

The Washington Community Action Network plans a protest at the Capitol asking lawmakers to end tax exemptions before cutting state services. The event, which begins at 3 p.m., is one of several protests at the Capitol this week asking legislators to fund state programs.

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