Today is Tuesday, March 26, the 72nd day of the 105-day legislative session.
"Before this job, I ran a shipbuilding enterprise, before that a shipyard, before that an Internet e-commerce company, before that global business development for a satellite company, then I was a senator, then I practiced law. So this will be my fifth job in a row where I had no idea what was going on when I got there."
-Kevin Quigley, the new secretary of Social and Health Services.
TODAY IN THE LEGISLATURE
Family members of U.S. armed forces members who died while in service, or as a result of service, may be able to apply for gold star license plates if House Bill 1132 is approved. The bill will receive a 3:30 p.m. public hearing in front of the Senate Transportation Committee. The hearing is scheduled for Hearing Room 1 of the John A. Cherberg Building. Rep. Dave Hayes, R-Camano Island, is the bill’s sponsor.
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 U.S. 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 hearing is in Hearing Room 2 of the John A. Cherberg Building.
WEDNESDAY IN THE LEGISLATURE
There are many aggravating factors associated with the crime of aggravated murder in the first degree, but killing a child younger than 14 is not one of them. If passed, Senate Bill 5015 would change that. The bill will receive a public hearing in front of the House Judiciary Committee during its 8 a.m. meeting in Hearing Room A in the John L. O’Brien Building. Sen. Don Benton, R-Vancouver, is the bill’s sponsor.
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. Sen. Maralyn Chase, D-Shoreline, is the sponsor of Senate Bill 5202.
ELSEWHERE ON CAMPUS
The Liberty Middle School Choir will perform in the Rotunda of the Legislative Building from 7:15-7:45 a.m. today. The Bethel School District is sponsoring the event.