Today is Wednesday, March 20, the 66th day of the 105-day legislative session.
TODAY IN THE LEGISLATURE
The Economic and Revenue Forecast Council will meet at noon in Hearing Room B of the John L. O’Brien Building to release its revenue forecast. The nonpartisan forecast will be used by House and Senate lawmakers as they craft the upcoming budget.
Senate Bill 5187 would authorize the owner of livestock to kill a gray wolf without a permit if the wolf is attacking or threatening livestock or another domestic animal. The bill, sponsored by Sen. John Smith, R-Colville, will be the subject of an 8 a.m. public hearing today after narrowly passing the Senate with a 25-23 vote. John Stevie, a man whose dog was attacked by a wolf in Twisp earlier this month, will likely attend the House Committee on Agriculture & Natural Resources hearing, scheduled for Hearing Room B of the John L. O’Brien Building.
The House Higher Education Committee will have a 1:30 p.m. work session on tuition-setting procedures at state schools and changes in state tuition policies. The committee will meet in Hearing Room A of the John L. O’Brien Building.
THURSDAY IN THE LEGISLATURE
The House Government Accountability & Oversight Committee will hold a 9 a.m. public hearing Thursday. On the agenda are three alcohol bills, including Senate Bill 5045. The proposal, sponsored by Sen. Karen Keiser, D-Kent, would allow day spas to offer free glasses of wine or beer to customers. The hearing is scheduled in Hearing Room E of the John L. O’Brien Building.
The House Higher Education will meet at 10 a.m. in Hearing Room A of the John L. O’Brien Building. The committee may vote to remove the one-year waiting period for resident tuition eligibility for veterans and active duty military members. Sen. Barbara Bailey, R-Oak Harbor, sponsors Senate Bill 5318.