Today is Thursday, March 14, the 60th day of the 105-day legislative session.
The Senate’s Majority Coalition Caucus claimed success for its way of governing as Wednesday’s deadline for acting on bills in the chamber where they were introduced passed. The Senate passed 276 bills, which the caucus said was the most productive the body had been since 2009. The coalition includes two Democrats and 23 Republicans.
TODAY IN THE LEGISLATURE
With Wednesday’s cutoff behind them, lawmakers have scheduled hearings on more than 100 bills. The House Committee on the Environment will also be holding 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.
FRIDAY IN THE LEGISLATURE
The Senate Committee on Early Learning & K-12 Education will hold an 8 a.m. public hearing. On the agenda are four schooling bills, including House Bill 1680, which deals with implementing recommendations of the educational opportunity gap oversight and accountability committee. The measure passed the House last week on a 54-44 vote. Rep. Sharon Tamiko Santos, D-Seattle, is the bill’s prime sponsor. The hearing is scheduled for Hearing Room 1 of the John A. Cherberg Building.
ELSEWHERE ON CAMPUS
The Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice has scheduled an event 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 is from 4:15-5:15 p.m.
Western Washington University students will gather on campus to protest decreased state support for higher education and the lack of support for proposals to raise revenue that would stop tuition increases. The rally is tentatively scheduled from noon-2 p.m.
Friday is Latino Legislative Day, sponsored by the Latino Civic Alliance. An estimated 800-1,000 attendees will gather at the Flag Circle and elsewhere around the Capitol Campus from 8 a.m.-4 p.m.