Race equality activists marched Monday from downtown Olympia to the steps of the Legislative Building to continue Dr. Kings fight for racial and economic justice. During the subsequent rally, the Washington Community Action Network announced legislators ratings on equal rights issues.
In the Legislature
A bill to eliminate the one-year waiting period required for veterans and military members to be eligible for in-state tuition will have a hearing today. The House Higher Education Committee will hear testimony on House Bill 1011 at 8 a.m. in Hearing Room A of the John L. OBrien Building.
The House Government Accountability & Oversight Committee will take testimony on a bill to create a special license for nonprofit senior centers to serve alcohol. The committee will discuss House Bill 1022 and five other bills at 1:30 p.m. in Hearing Room E of the John L. OBrien Building.
House Bill 1050, which would authorize government agencies to sell the naming rights for public facilities such as hospitals, will have a hearing before the House Committee on Government Operations & Elections today at 8 a.m. in Hearing Room E of the John L. OBrien Building.
Later in the day, a similar bill to allow the sale of naming rights for state transportation facilities will receive a hearing. House Bill 1051 will be heard before the House Transportation Committee at 3:30 p.m. in Room B of the John L. OBrien Building.
Elsewhere on campus
Thousands of people are expected to march on the Capitol today as part of the March for Life, an annual rally protesting the Roe v. Wade ruling on abortion.
Elsewhere in the capital
Residents can provide input on the implementation of Initiative 502, which voters approved in November to legalize the use of marijuana in Washington state, at an evening forum tonight. The forum will take place at the Washington State Liquor Control Board headquarters at 3000 Pacific Ave. SE, and is the first of six forums the board will hold throughout the state as it develops rules regarding I-502.
Senate Joint Resolution 8207 would amend the constitution to allow a state income tax, while Senate Bill 5166 would create the income tax. Both pieces of legislation are sponsored by Sen. Maralyn Chase, DShoreline.