Today is Wednesday, March 13, the 59th day of the 105-day legislative session.
TODAY IN THE LEGISLATURE
Today is the last day for lawmakers to consider bills in house of origin. With more than 110 bills awaiting a floor vote in the Senate and nearly 80 in the House, lawmakers have their work cut out for them. The Senate and House have scheduled floor sessions starting at 9 a.m. and 10 a.m., respectively.
The House Judiciary Committee will hold an 8 a.m. public hearing on seven proposals, including Senate Bill 5176, which addresses criminal incompetency and civil commitment. The meeting is in Hearing Room A of the John L. O’Brien Building.
THURSDAY IN THE LEGISLATURE
Twenty-six committees are holding public hearings on 105 bills as each chamber begins making its way through legislation passed by the other. In addition, the House Committee on the Environment will hold a 10 a.m. work session to receive an update on the leaking storage tanks at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. The session is scheduled in Hearing Room C of the John L. O’Brien Building.
ELSEWHERE ON CAMPUS
Gov. Jay Inslee will join hundreds of Head Start and Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP) parents, providers and staff at a rally on the West Campus today at 2:15 p.m. Attendees will ask House and Senate members to expand ECEAP, birth-to-3 programs, and child care aid. Other expected rally speakers include: Rep. Ruth Kagi, D- Lake Forest Park, Rep. Roger Freeman, D-Federal Way, and Sen. Steve Litzow, R-Mercer Island.
Spirit of the Red Road sponsors today’s American Indian Lobby Day. The event is expected to draw a crowd of 200, and is scheduled for 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. in various locations in the Legislative Building, including the north steps and rotunda.
The Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice has scheduled an event Thursday in the Columbia Room to honor Rachel Corrie, a 23-year-old peace activist from Olympia who was crushed to death 10 years ago by an Israeli bulldozer while protesting the demolition of a Palestinian family’s home. The event runs from 4:15 p.m.-5:15 p.m.