Today is Wednesday, Feb. 20, the 38th day of the 105-day legislative session.
"It's good enough for God. He gave us a commandment that said, 'Thou shalt not bear false witness.'"
-Sen. Pam Roach, R-Auburn, arguing for her bill that calls for discipline against state employees deemed to have lied.
TODAY IN THE LEGISLATURE
Senate Bill 5802 would develop recommendations to achieve the state’s greenhouse gas emissions limits. Sen. Kevin Ranker, D-Orcas Island, sponsored the bill by request of Gov. Jay Inslee. The proposal is scheduled for an 8 a.m. public hearing in front of the Senate Committee on Energy and Environment & Telecommunications, Hearing Room 4 in the John A. Cherberg Building.
The Senate Commerce & Labor Committee will hold a public hearing on four bills covering sick leave and family medical leave. The hearings on Senate Bills 5292, 5594, 5726 and 5728 are scheduled to begin at 1:30 p.m. in Hearing Room 4 of the John A. Cherberg Building.
THURSDAY IN THE LEGISLATURE
House Bill 1581 would create the Washington State Preservation of Liberty Act, condemning the indefinite detention of terrorism suspects without trial under the National Defense Authorization Act. The bill will receive a 10 a.m. public hearing in front of the House Public Safety Committee. Thursday’s hearing is scheduled in Hearing Room D of the John L. O’Brien Building. The bill is sponsored by Rep. Jason Overstreet, R-Blaine.
A bill exempting certain cover charges at dances from sales tax will receive a public hearing Thursday afternoon. Senate Bill 5613 is sponsored by Sen. Ed Murray, D-Seattle. The hearing is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. in front of the Senate Ways & Means Committee in Hearing Room 4 of the John A. Cherberg Building.
ELSEWHERE ON CAMPUS
Children’s art about hunger and food programs is on display today on the third floor of the Legislative Building. Union High School and Rep. Jim Moeller, D-Vancouver, are sponsoring the display.
The Arc of Washington State is sponsoring today’s “Home is Where My Heart Is: Restore Home Care Hours” rally. An estimated 160 people will meet across the campus from 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. to lobby for Medicaid services, particularly for restoring the cuts made to Medicaid personal care hours. The group will join SEIU 775 in a tent on the Capitol lawn.
RECENT BILL INTRODUCTIONS
Selling or giving a hookah or e-cigarette to anyone under 18 years of age would be illegal if Senate Bill 5815 is approved. Currently, state law only specifically prohibits selling or giving tobacco and wrapping papers to minors. Sen. Karen Keiser, D-Kent, is the proposal’s prime sponsor. The bill has been referred to the Senate Committee on Law & Justice.
A bill that would allow King County to impose a sales and use tax by ordinance rather than taking the issue to voters has been introduced by Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon, D-Burien. House Bill 1919 has been referred to the House Local Government Committee.
House Bill 1934 would allow for a person who is not a parent to petition for visitation with a child by repealing existing statutes relating to third-party visitation actions. Rep. Jamie Pedersen, D-Seattle is the bill’s prime sponsor. Fifty-six other members of the House have signed on as cosponsors.The Olympian