Today is Tuesday, February 19, the 37th day of the 105-day legislative session.
"Representative Ross, are you sure?"
~House Speaker Pro Tem Jim Moeller, D-Vancouver, jokingly asking if Rep. Charles Ross, R-Naches, wanted to vote yes; during Monday's House vote celebrating Children's Day. The resolution passed unanimously 98-0.
The House voted on and passed 10 bills Monday. Eight of them were passed unanimously, including HB 1200, sponsored by Rep. Brian Blake, D-Aberdeen, that would create a system to address and penalize the unlawful mislabeling of seafood.
TODAY IN THE LEGISLATURE
The House Higher Education Committee will hold a public hearing on a proposal that would make students who have been granted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival status by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services eligible for both the State Need Grant and the College Bound Scholarship. Rep. Zack Hudgins, D-Tukwila, is HB 1817’s prime sponsor. The hearing is scheduled for 8 a.m. in House Hearing Room A of the John L. O’Brien Building.
House Bill 1114 will receive a 3:30 p.m. public hearing today in front of the House Appropriation Committee. Rep. Jamie Pedersen, D-Seattle, is the proposal’s prime sponsor. The bill would require most inpatient evaluations for involuntary treatment to occur at state hospitals, and modify procedures and standards for involuntary treatment of anyone deemed incompetent to stand trial for a violent felony. The bill will be heard along with six others in House Hearing Room A in the John L. O’Brien Building.
WEDNESDAY IN THE LEGISLATURE
A proposal concerning firearms laws for anyone subject to no-contact orders, protection orders and restraining orders will receive a public hearing in front of the House Judiciary Committee. House Bill 1840, sponsored by Rep. Roger Goodman, D-Kirkland, will be one of five bills heard during the 8 a.m. hearing in House Hearing Room A of the John L. O’Brien Building.
A proposal that would allow veterans and active members of the military to skip the one-year waiting period and be eligible for resident tuition will be part of a public hearing Wednesday by the Appropriations Subcommittee on Education. Rep. Sherry Appleton, D-Poulsbo, is the bill’s prime sponsor. The bill will be one of eight heard during the hearing scheduled for 3:30 p.m. in House Hearing Room A of the John L. O’Brien Building.
ELSEWHERE ON CAMPUS
Washington Toxics Coalition will sponsor today’s Environmental Priorities Lobby Day. An estimated 200 people will gather in the Rotunda in the Legislative Building from noon-1 p.m. to rally for environmental issues.
An estimated 1,000 to 2,000 people will attend today’s Asian Pacific American Legislative Day. The rally is sponsored by the Asian Pacific Islander Coalition and scheduled for 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Flag Circle.