Gov. Chris Gregoire gave her final State of the State address Tuesday before a joint session of the Legislature. Outgoing Attorney General Rob McKenna, outgoing Auditor Brian Sonntag and outgoing Secretary of State Sam Reed also gave parting remarks. Each received a piece of original artwork by local artist Kim Merriman as a farewell gift.
Gov.-elect Jay Inslee hired Michael Cockrill to serve as Washington states next chief information officer. Cockrill, who has a background in Seattle technology start-up businesses, replaces Bharat Shyam, who was the states first CIO when he arrived in November 2011.
IN THE LEGISLATURE Gov.-elect Jay Inslee will be sworn in to office before a joint session of the Legislature starting at 11:15 a.m. He is scheduled to give his inaugural address at 11:30 a.m., with his Inaugural Ball in the Legislative Building at 7 p.m. About 5,500 people are expected to attend the Inaugural Ball.
Newly elected Secretary of State Kim Wyman will be sworn in at 3 p.m. today in the Legislative Building, State Reception Room G.
A bill that would protect doctors who withdraw or withhold life-sustaining treatment based on a patients prior written request will be heard before the House Judiciary Committee at 8 a.m. House Bill 1000 would ensure that doctors are not held legally liable if they cut off a patients life support in cases when the patient signed a document to not receive futile emergency medical treatment. The hearing will take place in Hearing Room A of the John L. OBrien Building.
A bill that would require lobbyists to file electronically with the state Public Disclosure Commission will receive a hearing in the House Committee on Government Operations & Elections at 1:30 p.m. House Bill 1005 would also get rid of the Legislative Ethics Board and the Executive Ethics Board, and transfer their responsibilities to the Public Disclosure Commission. The hearing will take place in Hearing Room E of the John L. OBrien Building.
The Senate Ways and Means committee will meet in Hearing Room 4 of the John A. Cherberg Building at 3:30 p.m. for a work session on the state operating budget and capital budget.
The Senate Early Learning & K-12 Education Committee will discuss the McCleary decision last Januarys State Supreme Court ruling that the state isnt adequately funding public education during a work session at 1:30 p.m. The meeting will be in Hearing Room 4 of the John A. Cherberg Building.
House Bill 1067 and its companion bill, Senate Bill 5038, would increase the basic education funding allocation for K-12 schools in Washington, funding additional principals and staff to support new teacher evaluation requirements. The bills were introduced at the request of outgoing Gov. Chris Gregoire.
House Bill 1099 would repeal the state estate tax, while House Bill 1100 would reduce the state sales tax by 0.1 percent. Both bills are sponsored by Rep. Jason Overstreet, R-Blaine.
Meanwhile, House Bill 1122 would extend a state beer tax for another three years, placing the revenues in the states education legacy trust account.
Also alcohol-related is Senate Bill 5045, which would allow day spas to serve complimentary glasses of beer or wine to customers 21 and older a privilege already granted to wedding boutiques and art galleries.