THIS WEEK IN THE LEGISLATURE
On Monday, the House Capital Budget Committee will hold a public hearing and possible vote on Senate Bill 5197. The measure would require school districts to work with law enforcement to implement emergency response systems and to consider installing perimeter security control mechanisms on all school campuses. The proposal, sponsored by Sen. Bruce Dammeier, R-Puyallup, would also require districts to consider building plans with certain safety features in future school construction projects. The meeting is scheduled for House Hearing Room B in the John L. O’Brien Building.
On Tuesday, legislators have to finish up any hearings on fiscal bills if they want the bill to progress this session. Tuesday is the last day to read in opposite house committee reports from House fiscal committees and Senate Ways & Means and Transportation committees.
On Wednesday, lawmakers will start what will surely be a flurry of floor sessions and negotiations. They’ll have to start hammering out a compromise on the budget if they have any chance at finishing their work before the end of the 105-day legislative session.
On Thursday, the House Committee on Government Accountability and Oversight will hold a 9:30 a.m. executive session for a possible vote on House Bill 2000. The proposal would facilitate the efforts of the liquor control board to ensure the timely implementation of a well-designed, commercially viable regulatory scheme for the development of a legal marketplace for marijuana as required by Initiative Measure No. 502. The hearing is scheduled for House Hearing Room E of the John L. O’Brien Building.
On Friday, the Capital Budget committee will hold a work session on the potential impact of United States of America v. State of Washington on the capital budget. The judgment, often referred to as the Culvert Case, ruled that Washington State was violating tribal treaty rights by blocking salmon access to breeding waters – which ultimately affects tribal fishing rights. The session is scheduled for 8 a.m. in House Hearing Room B of the John L. O’Brien Building.
Scottish heritage will be celebrated when the National Tartan Day Society of Washington gathers for a reading of the National Tartan Day Proclamation. Organizers estimate up to 100 people will attend. The event is scheduled 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Rotunda of the Legislative Building.
Wearing plaid is not required.
NEXT WEEK ON CAMPUS
Monday: TeenPact Washington will be at the capitol 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. The Christian leadership class will be gathering at the General Administration Auditorium. 120 are expected to attend.
Tuesday: Seattle’s Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles is sponsoring Pacific Science Center Day in the Legislative Building. The event should draw around 200 people and is scheduled 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Wednesday: The Columbia River Crossing Coalition will hold a rally at the capitol. The group will meet 11 a.m.-2 p.m. in the aptly-named Columbia Room of the Legislative Building. Estimated attendance: 50
Also on Wednesday, The Governor’s office expects U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood to be in town to talk about the urgency of a state commitment to financing the Columbia River Crossing project.
Thursday: The Washington Cattlemen’s Association is sponsoring a barbecue on the West Campus noon-3 p.m. The event will draw up to 1000 attendees.
Friday: Educational Service District 113 is sponsoring a Legislative Policy Reception 3:30 -5:00 p.m in the Columbia Room of the Legislative Building. Estimated attendance: 40Staff report