Today is Thursday, April 4, the 81st day of the 105-day legislative session.
"We met 32 nights. We ordered 63 pizzas. We had three Chinese take-outs, and my legislative assistant cooked up two crock-pot dinners. ...In all, 16 senators were involved in budget building and writing. We had a small army of staff and 243 Diet Cokes. I did not drink them all."
-Sen. Andy Hill, R-Redmond, speaking about the budget writing process. Hill is the chief architect of Senate’s budget proposal and chair of the Senate Ways and Means Committee.
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.
The Senate has scheduled a 9 a.m. floor session and caucus. Additionally, eight committees have scheduled public hearings on various bills. More information on public hearings can be found on the Legislature’s website: www.leg.wa.gov
ELSEWHERE ON CAMPUS
The Puget Sound Blood Center will conduct a blood drive at Office Building 2. The drive is open to the public 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and potential donors can also make a reservation by visiting www.psbc.org
Union members and supporters from SEIU Healthcare 775NW will be on campus Thursday as part of an effort they call Purple Presence. The group, many of whom will be sporting purple shirts, plans to meet with lawmakers throughout the day. They will also be meeting in the Columbia Room of the Legislative Building 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
On Friday, the Ballard High School Choir will sing in the Rotunda of the Legislative Building. The award-winning choir will bring up to 90 students for the public performance, scheduled noon-1 p.m.