Today is Saturday, March 23, the 69th day of the 105-day legislative session.
TODAY ON THE CAPITOL CAMPUS
Violinists and cellists from around the area will meet in the Columbia Room of the Legislative Building for Suzuki Strings Concert at the Capitol. The concert will begin at 2 p.m.
MONDAY AT THE LEGISLATURE
American Heart Association advocates will testify before the Senate’s Early Learning and K-12 Education Committee asking them to support House Bill 1556. The measure would require all high school students in the state to receive CPR education in their health class. The hearing is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. in Hearing Room 1 of the John A. Cherberg Building.
The Senate Governmental Operations Committee will hold 10 a.m. hearings on a number of bills, including House Joint Memorial 4001 requesting that Congress amend the Constitution to “return the authority to regulate election campaign contributions to Congress and state legislatures.” The request comes in the wake of the controversial U.S. Supreme Court decision commonly referred to as Citizens United. The meeting is in Hearing Room 2 of the John A. Cherberg Building.
A proposal that would require the Department of Health to administer a new program to assist low-income residents in spaying or neutering their cats and dogs will get a public hearing. The House Agriculture & Natural Resources Committee has scheduled the hearing for 8 a.m. in Hearing Room B of the John L. O’Brien Building.
The controversial Washington State DREAM Act bill will receive a public hearing before the Senate Higher Education Committee. The bill, which would make the college State Need Grant available to some illegal immigrants, will be heard during the committee’s 1:30 p.m. meeting in Hearing Room 4 of the John A. Cherberg Building.
A bill aimed at fixing a $160 million estate tax problem gets a hearing in the House Finance Committee at 8 a.m. House Bill 1920 is in response to a state Supreme Court ruling that struck down a sizable piece of the estate tax.
Committee chairman Reuven Carlyle, D-Seattle, said earlier this year that a bill is needed because the court ruling, in effect, threw out the tax on the estates of married couples and kept it for individuals.
The estate tax law was upheld by nearly 62 percent of voters in 2006.