Today is Friday, Feb. 15, the 33rd day of the 105-day legislative session.
TODAY IN THE LEGISLATURE
In addition to House and Senate floor sessions today at 10 a.m., nine committees will meet to hold public hearings on 35 bill proposals and executive sessions on up to 52 more. Here’s a look at a few things on today’s agenda:
The House Early Learning & Human Services committee will hold a 1:30 p.m. hearing on three proposals, including House Bill 1671, which would establish a legislative task force on child care improvements. The committee meets in Hearing Room C of the John L. O’Brien Building.
The Senate Commerce & Labor committee will be starting the day with an 8 a.m. hearing on two alcohol-related bills. One, SB 5644, would exempt bars and restaurants from having to pay a 17 percent fee on purchases from retailers like Costco and allow them to buy more quantity in any given day. The committee meets in Hearing Room 4 of the John A. Cherberg Building.
The Senate Committee on Law & Justice will be holding an 8 a.m. hearing on a bill that would authorize “the chief of police of a municipality or the sheriff of a county to receive and take into custody, for the purposes of temporary safekeeping, any firearm of a person: who voluntarily requests to surrender a firearm; or whose family member, friend, or mental health professional appears in person and provides written attestation that the owner of the firearm voluntarily surrenders the firearm.” The hearing is scheduled for Hearing Room 2 in the John A. Cherberg Building.
ELSEWHERE ON CAMPUS
The Washington State Arts Alliance is sponsoring today’s Arts & Heritage Day. The group will be meeting in the Columbia Room of the Legislative Building.
Also today, the Associated Students of the University of Washington (ASUW) Office of Government Relations meets on the Capitol Campus for Huskies on the Hill 2013.