Published January 23, 2013
Under the Dome: Today is Wednesday, Jan. 23, the 10th day of the 105-day legislative session.
TODAY In the Legislature The House and the Senate will convene for a joint session at 11:15 a.m. today to hear the State of the Judiciary address by Barbara Madsen, chief justice of the Washington State Supreme Court. A bill that would allow out-of-work corporate officers to receive unemployment benefits will receive a hearing before the House Labor and Workforce Development Committee today. Republican Rep. Jan Angel of Port Orchard sponsored House Bill 1056, which will be heard at 8 a.m. in Hearing Room D of the John L. OBrien Building. The Joint Legislative Audit and Review Committee will meet today to discuss and take public testimony on a performance audit of Washington State Ferries, focusing on vessel construction costs. The committee meets at noon in Hearing Room 4 of the John A. Cherberg Building. The committee will also discuss an audit of how well long-term care workers are meeting state-mandated certification requirements. The Senate Law & Justice Committee will hear a bill that would classify assaulting a working police officer or corrections officer with a deadly weapon as first-degree assault. Another bill before the Senate Law & Justice Committee today would make the killing of a child 14 or younger qualify for a charge of aggravated firstdegree murder, a crime punishable by death or by life in prison. The committee will hear both Senate Bill 5058 and Senate Bill 5015 when it meets at 1:30 p.m. today in Hearing Room 1 of the John A. Cherberg building. The Senate Transportation Committee will hold a work session on former Gov. Chris Gregoires proposed 2013-2015 transportation budget at 3:30 p.m. in Hearing Room 1 of the John A. Cherberg Building. The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Health & Human Services will discuss the fiscal implications of the Medicaid expansion allowed under the federal Affordable Care Act when it meets at 3:30 p.m. in Hearing Room C of the John L. OBrien Building. Elsewhere on campus The Washington State Developmental Disability Council will bring a few hundred people to the Legislative Building for a Disability Legislative Reception tonight. The group will meet in the Columbia Room of the Legislative Building from 5:30-7:30 p.m. BILL INTRODUCTION Senate Bill 5173, sponsored by Sen. Bob Hasegawa, D-Seattle, would allow parents to remove their children from school two days annually for a reason of faith or conscience. The bill would also allow state employees to take two additional unpaid holidays per calendar year and require employers to let employees take those unpaid days on dates that have religious or other significance.