Under the Dome: Legislative highlights for Feb. 16

THE OLYMPIANFebruary 16, 2012 

Today is Thursday, Feb. 16, the 39th day of the 60-day session.

NOTEWORTHY

State Superintendent Randy Dorn said Wednesday that he will apply for a No Child Left Behind waiver, which, if approved, would exempt the state from federal regulations such as Adequate Yearly Progress rules. Washington instead would set annual goals regarding the achievement gap, Dorn said in a statement.

TODAY

The state revenue forecast will be released today. Lawmakers have said they expect to finish the budget soon after the forecast is released.

There will be a work session on the Running Start program, including a program update and student demographics study, in the House Education Committee. It will meet at 8 a.m. in Hearing Room A of the O’Brien Building.

Rep. Judy Clibborn, D-Mercer Island, will announce her proposed supplemental transportation budget at noon. Clibborn is the chairwoman of the House Transportation committee and will host a news conference in Hearing Room B of the O’Brien Building. The committee will have a public hearing on the budget, House Bill 2190, in the same room at 3:30 p.m.

Allowing persons 16 and older to register to vote will have a public hearing. House Bill 2205 passed the House 56-40 and now will be heard by the Senate government operations committee. It would postpone entering the voters in the state voter database until they turn 18. The committee will meet at 10 a.m. in Hearing Room 2 of the Cherberg Building.

UPCOMING

A public forum about the history of Washington’s initiative and referendum process will be held Friday. The panel, including activist Tim Eyman, will discuss the effectiveness of the process starting at 11:30 a.m. in the General Administration Auditorium at the Capitol. The event marks the centennial of the process in Washington.

Compiled by Alexis Krell.

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