Today is Saturday, March 9, the 55th day of the 105-day legislative session.
Quoted: "We would have to have blinders on in order to think that this is just about, how do we avoid gun injuries for kids? It's not just about that. Please. It's about the NRA."
Sen. Adam Kline
D-Seattle, speaking in opposition to a Senate proclamation that would encourage schools to use the National Rifle Association’s gun safety curriculum
THIS WEEKEND IN THE LEGISLATURE
With a March 13 cutoff quickly approaching, the House has scheduled possible floor sessions and caucuses starting at 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.
ELSEWHERE ON CAMPUS
The Capitol Campus is going to be swarming with gun rallies this weekend. Today, gun-rights advocates will hold a Firearm Freedom Rally from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. near the Tivoli Fountain. The event could draw more than 1,000 people. Then on Sunday, a rally in support of gun control is scheduled for 2 p.m. at the fountain.
COMING UP IN THE LEGISLATURE
The House Appropriations Subcommittee on General Government will hold an 8 a.m. public hearing on House Bill 1915, a bill that would develop recommendations to achieve the state’s greenhouse gas emissions limits. The meeting is in Hearing Room A of the John L. O’Brien Building.
The House Higher Education Committee has scheduled an 8 a.m. public hearing on a number of bills, including Senate Bill 5180, which would improve access to higher education for students with disabilities. The hearing is scheduled for Hearing Room A of the John L. O’Brien Building.
The House Judiciary Committee will hold an 8 a.m. public hearing on seven proposals, including Senate Bill 5176, a measure that addresses criminal incompetency and civil commitment. The meeting is in Hearing Room A of the John L. O’Brien Building.
Twenty-six committees plan to hold public hearings on 105 bills. The House Committee on the Environment also is planning a 10 a.m. work session to receive an update on the leaking storage tanks at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. The session is in Hearing Room C of the John L. O’Brien Building.
The Senate Committee on Early Learning & K-12 Education has tentatively scheduled an 8 a.m. public hearing on House Bill 1680, which would implement recommendations of the educational opportunity gap oversight and accountability committee. The hearing is scheduled for Hearing Room 1 in the John A. Cherberg Building.The Olympian staff