Today is Friday, March 22, the 68th day of the 105-day legislative session.
"This is about money in politics. It is about whether or not American democracy can be bought."
- Sen. Adam Kline, D-Seattle, speaking at Thursday's rally in support of House Joint Memorial 4001, a resolution calling for an amendment to the U.S. Constitution in response to the Supreme Court of the United States' controversial ruling in Citizens United.
Today The House and Senate will have a joint session at 10:15 a.m. to honor former Gov. Booth Gardner, who died last week at his Tacoma home from complications form Parkinson's disease.
The House Finance Committee will meet for an 8 a.m. work session on marijuana taxation, revenue forecasts and the lessons learned from the taxation of liquor, cigarettes and other regulated products. The session will be in Hearing Room A of the John L. O'Brien Building.
House Bill 1397 would require sexual health education to include elements of and consequences for conviction of child sexual abuse. The bill is one of five proposals that will also be heard during a public hearing before the Senate Early Learning and K-12 Education Committee. The meeting is scheduled for 8 a.m. in Hearing Room 1 of the John A. Cherberg Building.
Monday The senate Health Care committee will meet at 10 a.m. for public hearings on several bills, including House Bill 1471, which would revise hospital infection reporting rules to align with the Affordable Care Act and would eliminate reporting for cardiac surgical procedures and for total hip and knee replacements. The hearings begin at 10 a.m. in Hearing Room 4 of the J.A. Cherberg Building.