A panel discussion about women in politics is scheduled for 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. in the John A. Cherberg Building. The panel will feature Democrat consultant Cathy Allen, former Democratic Sen. Lisa Brown of Spokane, Republican Rep. Maureen Walsh of Walla Walla, Associated Press Olympia correspondent Rachel La Corte, and political science and gender politics professor Richard Fox of Loyola Marymount University.
IN THE LEGISLATURE
With today’s policy bill cutoff hanging over their heads, committees have their last chance to hear bills that aren’t budget-related. Ten legislative committees have scheduled public hearings on 13 proposals and possible votes on up to 28 more.
Here are a couple of standouts:
The House Committee on Finance will hold an 8 a.m. public hearing today on two tax break proposals. House Bill 1615, sponsored by Rep. Jan Angel, R-Port Orchard, would provide a business and occupation tax credit for businesses that hire unemployed veterans. Rep. Dave Hayes, R-Camano Island, is the prime sponsor of House Bill 1622, which would provide tax credits for hiring people with developmental disabilities. The hearings are scheduled for Hearing Room A of the John L. O’Brien Building.
Seattle’s mandatory sick leave ordinance would be unenforceable if Senate Bill 5726, sponsored by Sen. John Braun, R-Chehalis, is approved. The proposal would prohibit local governments from enacting programs providing paid leave for illnesses and unsafe conditions. The Senate Committee on Commerce & Labor will hold an executive session on the bill during its 8 a.m. public meeting in Hearing Room 4 of the John A. Cherberg Building.
ELSEWHERE ON CAMPUS
The Mockingbird Society is sponsoring today’s Foster Youth Advocacy Day. The group is scheduled to gather near the Tivoli Fountain North Lawn from 8 a.m.- 3 p.m. An estimated 300 people will attend.
The Washington Osteopathic Medical Association is sponsoring an advocacy day in Olympia. The group will meet from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Columbia Room of the Legislative Building. An estimated 40 people are expected to attend.
Organizing for America has told the state it intends to bring 35 people to the campus to demonstrate in support of gun control. The rally is scheduled for noon-1 p.m. at the Tivoli Fountain.