Today is Thursday, March 28, the 74th day of the 105-day legislative session.
TODAY IN THE LEGISLATURE
Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee will announce a plan at 11 a.m. today to bridge the state’s budget shortfall and put new money toward public schools to start complying with a court mandate. Rather than a full budget plan, Inslee’s proposal will build on the one released last year by his predecessor, Gov. Chris Gregoire.
The Washington State Dream Act, formally known as House Bill 1817, will receive a hearing before the Senate Committee on Higher Education. The proposal would make some illegal immigrants with special immigration status eligible for the college State Need Grant. Rep. Zack Hudgins, D-Tukwila, is the bill’s sponsor. The meeting is at 1:30 p.m. in Hearing Room 4 of the John A. Cherberg Building.
FRIDAY IN THE LEGISLATURE
The House Committee on Finance has scheduled an 8 a.m. public hearing for House Bill 1920. The measure is in response to a 2012 state Supreme Court decision regarding the state’s estate tax that left a $160 million hole in the state budget. Rep. Timm Ormsby, D-Spokane, is the bill’s sponsor. The hearing will be in Hearing Room A of the John L. O’Brien Building.
ELSEWHERE ON CAMPUS
A coalition of mental health professionals, consumers and community supporters will rally on the steps of the Legislative Building at 12:30 p.m. today to call for a Medicaid expansion and full funding of a comprehensive mental health safety net.
Also today, the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle will host its fifth Legislative Seder at Olympia’s Temple Beth Hatfiloh, 201 Eighth Ave SE. RSVPs are required. Contact Annie Jacobson at email@example.com or call 206-774-2243 for more information.
On Friday, the Yakama Warriors Association is sponsoring the “Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans” event near the Vietnam War Memorial. The gathering is scheduled from 10:30 a.m.-noon and is expected to draw a crowd of 100.