Published February 13, 2013
Under the Dome: Today is Wednesday, February 13, the 31st day of the 105-day legislative session.
Today is Wednesday, February 13, the 31st day of the 105-day legislative session. TODAY IN THE LEGISLATURE The House Judiciary Committee has a public hearing agenda full of gun legislation. The committee, which meets at 8 a.m. in Hearing Room A of the John L. O’Brien Building, will take up bills to make it illegal to leave a loaded firearm where a child finds it, to require background checks on all firearms sales, and to create a central registry of people who have committed certain firearms offenses. Senate Bill 5181 would take the state’s regulation of flame retardants a step further, by banning additional chemicals from furniture and children’s products. The bill will be heard before the Senate Energy, Environment & Telecommunications Committee when it meets at 8 a.m. in Hearing Room 4 in the J.A. Cherberg Building. The House Committee on Government Operations & Elections will hear several elections bills at 1:30 p.m. in Hearing Room E of the John L. O’Brien Building. Among them is House Bill 1510, which would make write-in votes invalid unless the candidate had filed a declaration of candidacy. The Senate Law & Justice Committee will hear bills to increase the penalties for sex trafficking. The committee meets at 1:30 p.m. in Hearing Room 2 of the J.A. Cherberg Building. The Senate Transportation Committee will take up a bill to require a $75 annual permit for studded tires. Senate Bill 5583 will be heard at 3:30 p.m. in Hearing Room 1 of the J.A. Cherberg Building. Senate Ways & Means will discuss the potential impacts of federal sequestration and the state’s revenue outlook in Hearing Room 4 of the J.A. Cherberg Building at 3:30 p.m. ELSEWHERE ON CAMPUS A launch party for the biography “Across the Aisles: Sid Snyder’s Remarkable Life in Groceries & Government” by Jeff Burlingame is at 10 a.m. in the State Reception Room in the Legislative Building. The biography of the late Senate icon from Long Beach was jointly produced by The Legacy Project in the Office of Secretary of State and the Legislative Oral History Project. Community Employment Alliance, an organization that advocates for people with disabilities, is having its Employment for All Advocacy Day. Members will be on campus lobbying legislators and will meet at 2:45 p.m. on the Legislative Building’s third-floor mezzanine for the reading of the governor’s proclamation. BILL INTRODUCTIONS A proposal banning the sales of assault weapons has been proposed by Sen. Ed Murray, D-Seattle. Senate Bill 5737 would ban the sale of any “semiautomatic pistol or semiautomatic or pump-action rifle or shotgun that is capable of accepting a detachable magazine, with a capacity to accept more than 10 rounds of ammunition” and that also possesses other features associated with what is commonly called an assault weapon. Olympian staff report