Today is Wednesday, March 27, the 73rd day of the 105-day legislative session.
QUOTED"In fact, I'm going to Facebook this moment right now."
Sen. Steve Hobbs,D-Lake Stevens, during his testimony on Senate Bill 5211, his bill that would prohibit employers from asking for an employee’s social network password as a condition of employment.
TODAY IN THE LEGISLATURE
Sen. Jim Honeyford, R-Sunnyside, is organizing informational briefings on the positive uses of remotely operated aircraft for legislators, legislative staff and media. The briefings in the John A. Cherberg building will include hands-on demonstrations led by Tad McGeer, founder of two remotely operated aircraft companies based in the Columbia River Gorge.
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 and Natural Resources Committee has a hearing at 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.
THURSDAY IN THE LEGISLATURE
The House Business and Financial Services Committee has scheduled a vote on Senate Bill 5312, a proposal for a new type of high-interest consumer installment loans. The meeting is scheduled for 10 a.m. in Hearing Room B of the John L. O’Brien Building. Sen. Steve Hobbs, D-Lake Stevens, is the bill’s sponsor.
A proposal dealing with many aspects of the lodging tax is scheduled for an 8 a.m. public hearing before the Senate’s Trade and Economic Development Committee. Rep Brian Blake, D-Aberdeen, is the sponsor of House Bill 1253. The meeting is scheduled for Hearing Room 3 of the John A. Cherberg Building.
ELSEWHERE ON CAMPUS
Today, consumer advocacy group Washington Public Interest Research Group will hold a 10 a.m. press conference on the north steps of the Legislative Building. The group will discuss a report – “Following the Money 2013: How the 50 States Rate in Providing Online Access to Government Spending Data” — evaluate each state and assign “A” to “F” letter grades. The report will reveal Washington’s letter grade along with recommendations for improvements.
On Thursday, the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle will host its fifth Legislative Seder at Olympia’s Temple Beth Hatfiloh, 201 Eighth Ave. SE, to celebrate the Passover holiday. The free event will welcome more than 100 guests, including lawmakers, legislative staff, lobbyists, Jewish community members and clergy. RSVPs are required. Contact Annie Jacobson at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 206-774-2243 for more information.