Under the dome
Today is Friday, March 15, the 61st day of the 105-day legislative session.
Some dissenting voices on the Senate Majority Coalition Caucus’ claim of productivity and bipartisanship emerged Thursday.
Senate Democrats complained that some of their bills have been stifled, and they made unsuccessful procedural moves in the final days to try to dislodge two of them — Seattle Sen. Ed Murray’s proposal to give state financial aid to immigrants who are in the country illegally, and Gig Harbor Sen. Nathan Schlicher’s proposed limits on Tacoma Narrows bridge administrative costs that were intended to hold down tolls.
Ahead of the deadline and with the numbers still not final, Democrats provided figures indicating 18 percent of the minority’s bills were approved, compared to 35 percent of the majority’s bills.
On the other end of the spectrum, conservative GOP Sen. Pam Roach argued the Senate should have been even more productive, since Republicans have been waiting years to take over and have a backlog of what she says are good ideas.
TODAY 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 school 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
Friday is Latino Legislative Day, sponsored by the Latino Civic Alliance. An estimated 800-1,000 attendees will be gathering at the Flag Circle and elsewhere around the Capitol Campus from 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Students from The Evergreen State College and WashPIRG are sponsoring Saturday’s Homelessness and Hunger Awareness rally on the north steps of the Legislative Building. The gathering is from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m.; 200 people are expected to attend.