MONDAY IN THE LEGISLATURE
With 13 legislative committees holding public hearings on 57 proposals Monday, there should be enough political goings-on to satisfy almost anyone. Here’s a look at the agendas for a couple of the committees:
The Senate Committee on Commerce & Labor will hold public hearings on 11 bills related to alcohol. Topics will include beer and wine sampling at farmers markets and liquor licenses at senior centers. The hearings will begin at 1:30 p.m. in Hearing Room 4 of the John A. Cherberg Building.
The House Committee on Finance will have a work session, receiving an overview of the Joint Task Force on Education Funding’s work to address revenue necessary to fund basic education under the McCleary court decision. The committee, which will meet for its 1:30 p.m. work session in Hearing Room A of the John L. O’Brien Building, also has set aside time for public comment.
ELSEWHERE ON CAMPUS
An estimated 550 people will attend the Housing and Homelessness Advocacy Day, sponsored by the Washington Low Income Housing Alliance. The group will gather in the Rotunda as well as outside on the Legislative Building and Temple of Justice steps. The rally will run from 11:30 a.m.-2:20 p.m.
Thurston County Women’s Republican Club is sponsoring the Washington Federation of Republican Women’s Day at the Capitol. The group will gather in the Columbia Room of the Legislative Building at 11 a.m. and will meet with lawmakers throughout the day.
The Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs will host its Lobby Day at the Capitol from 7 a.m.-4 p.m. The group will meet with lawmakers to lobby for victim rights, privacy and confidentiality, among other concerns.
Senate Joint Resolution 8209, sponsored by Sen. Michael Baumgartner, R-Spokane, proposes an amendment to Article IX of the state constitution to make higher education the state’s second-highest priority, behind K-12 education.
Legislation proposed by Rep. Derek Stanford, D-Bothell, would prohibit the docking, or removal, of a cow’s tail. The prohibitions would not apply if the cow’s tail was docked to save the animal’s life or to relieve pain in an emergency.
House Bill 1777, sponsored by Rep. Tami Green, D-Lakewood, would move up by one year the effective and expiration dates for some provisions of the involuntary treatment act governing mental health commitments.Olympian staff report