Under the dome
Today is Tuesday, March 5, the 51st day of the 105-day legislative session.
"Let's be honest, who here among us hasn't inadvertently dropped their cellphone in the toilet?"
Rep. Steve Kirby,D-Tacoma, speaking in support of House Bill 1032, a bill regarding insurance for small electronics
TODAY IN THE LEGISLATURE
The Senate will have a floor session and caucus starting at 9 a.m. The House will be doing the same beginning at 10 a.m. Both chambers are likely to hold additional sessions later in the afternoon or evening.
A bill Gov. Jay Inslee requested will be the topic of discussion during an 8 a.m. public hearing today in front of the House Environment Committee. House Bill 1915 would develop recommendations to meet the state’s greenhouse gas emissions limits. Rep. Dave Upthegrove, D-Des Moines, is the bill’s prime sponsor. The hearing is scheduled for Hearing Room B in the John L. O’Brien Building.
The House Government Operations & Elections Committee has tentatively scheduled an 8 a.m. public hearing on Initiative 517, which would extend the time allowed for gathering signatures and provide additional protections for signature gathering in public places. The initiative would also prohibit government officials from obstructing the initiative process. The hearing is scheduled for Hearing Room E in the John L. O’Brien Building.
The House Higher Education Committee will hold a public hearing on Senate Bill 5343. The measure would require institutions of higher education to provide makeup classes and exams to National Guard members or other military reservists called to active duty or training for 30 days or less. The bill was sent to the House after the Senate unanimously approved it. Sen. Barbara Bailey, R-Oak Harbor, is the prime sponsor.
The hearing is scheduled for 9 a.m. today in Hearing Room A in the John L. O’Brien Building.
WEDNESDAY IN THE LEGISLATURE
The death penalty would get the ax if House Bill 1504 were approved. Rep. Reuven Carlyle, D-Seattle, is the prime sponsor of the bill, which is receiving an 8:30 a.m. hearing Wednesday in front of the House Judiciary Committee in Hearing Room A in the John L. O’Brien Building.
A joint hearing of the House Agriculture & Natural Resources and Technology & Economic Development committees is scheduled for 8 a.m. Wednesday. The committees will take testimony on Initiative 522, which would require retail food that has been produced with genetic engineering to be labeled accordingly. The hearing is scheduled in Hearing Room B in the John L. O’Brien Building.
ELSEWHERE ON CAMPUS
Lifelong AIDS Alliance is sponsoring Tuesday’s AIDS Action and Awareness Day Rally from noon-1 p.m. An estimated 250 people will attend the rally on the North Steps and Rotunda of the Legislative Building. The group plans to meet with lawmakers throughout the day.