Today is Wednesday, April 3, the 80th day of the 105-day legislative session.
"I'm not sure people should be smelling that stuff they put on your fingernails and drinking wine at the same time. I'm not sure what that would do, but it doesn't sound like a good idea."
Rep. Christopher Hurst, D-Enumclaw, joking about why his committee should exclude nail salons from a bill that would allow day spas to serve a free glass of beer and wine. Cutting nail salons out of the bill was in fact intended to limit the workload for the state Liquor Control Board, which said 10,000 spas would qualify for a beer and wine license otherwise.
The Republican-dominated Senate Majority Coalition plans to release its operating budget at noon today. Senate leaders will hold a press conference at noon in the State Reception Room of the Legislative Building.
A bill sponsored by Majority Coalition Caucus leader Sen. Rodney Tom, D-Medina, will get a hearing in the House Committee on Labor and Workforce Development. Senate Bill 5811 would require state employee health care benefit plans to be offered in conjunction with an employee wellness program. The 8 a.m. hearing is scheduled for House Hearing Room D in the John L O’Brien Building.
THURSDAY IN THE LEGISLATURE
The House Appropriations Subcommittee on General Government will hold a public hearing on legislation that would clear the way for the growing of industrial hemp in Washington state. Rep. Matt Shea, R-Spokane Valley, is the sponsor of House Bill 1888. The hearing will be 1:30 p.m. in House Hearing Room D of the John L. O’Brien Building.
ELSEWHERE ON CAMPUS
Seattle Children’s Hospital will be on the campus to talk to lawmakers as part of Seattle Children’s Advocacy Day. The group has reserved the Columbia Room in the Legislative Building from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Also, residents of the 20th Legislative District are invited to join Sen. John Braun and Reps. Richard DeBolt and Ed Orcutt for a telephone town hall. The call will start at 6:30 p.m. Constituents can participate by calling toll-free 877-229-8493 and then when prompted, enter access code: 15588. Participants will have the opportunity to ask their elected officials questions (by pressing *3) or they can just listen to the conversation. They will also be able to answer poll questions provided by the legislators.
On Thursday, The Puget Sound Blood Center will conduct a blood drive at Office Building 2. The drive is open to the public from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; potential donors can also make a reservation by visiting psbc.org.