Today is Tuesday, February 5, the 23rd day of the 105-day legislative session.
TODAY in the Legislature
Twenty-eight committees will be holding public hearings on 91 legislative proposals and executive sessions on 40 others. Here’s a look at just a few of them:
House Bill 1352, sponsored by Rep. Jeff Holy, R-Spokane, would increase the statute of limitations for sexual abuse against a child. The hearing will begin at 8 a.m. before the House Committee on Public Safety in House Hearing Room D of the John L. O’Brien Building.
Lawmakers will hear testimony on a proposal to create a statewide mental health commitment database when the Senate Human Services & Corrections Committee meets at 10 a.m. in Senate Hearing Room 1 of the John A. Cherberg Building. Sen. Mike Carrell, R-Lakewood, sponsored Senate Bill 5282.
Digital billboards will be the topic when the Senate Transportation Committee holds a public hearing today on Senate Bill 5304. The bill, sponsored by Sen. Curtis King, R-Yakima, would allow cities and towns to permit “static digital outdoor advertising signs along state highways.” The hearing will begin at 3:30 p.m. in Senate Hearing Room 1 of the John A. Cherberg Building.
ELSEWHERE ON CAMPUS
Adult Family Home’s Washington State Residential Care Council will meet in the General Administration Auditorium from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. The group will be lobbying lawmakers on matters concerning long-term care.
The Washington Occupational Therapy Association will meet in the Columbia Room of the Legislative Building today from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. as part of its sponsoring the Hike the Hill Legislative Day.
The Ethnic Commissions’ Annual Legislative Reception will take place in the Columbia Room of the Legislative Building from 5-8 p.m. The Governor’s Office of Indian Affairs, the Commission on African American Affairs, and the Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs sponsor the reception.
Studded tires would require a permit under Senate Bill 5583. Sen. Don Benton, R-Vancouver, is the bill’s sponsor. The bill requires that the fee be used for highway preservation related to damage caused by studded tires.
Senate Bill 5585, also sponsored by Benton, requires drug testing for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families recipients in some circumstances.