Today is Friday, April 12, the 89th day of the 105-day legislative session.
QUOTED"You can't mandate it from the state level. You don't know - you're not in that home. Kennewick Republican Rep. Brad Klippert, speaking in opposition to a bill that would, among other things, establish that when a child is in foster care, sibling visitation may not be used as a sanction or incentive for a child’s behavior. Klippert, a foster parent himself, said that he believes such sanctions are sometimes necessary.
TODAY IN THE LEGISLATURE
In addition to the House and Senate each holding floor sessions, the Capital Budget committee will meet today. It will take up a possible vote on the House capital budget as well as hold a work session on the potential impact of a federal court ruling that Washington was violating tribal treaty rights by blocking salmon access to breeding water. The public meeting is scheduled for 8 a.m. in Hearing Room B of the John L. O’Brien Building.
THIS WEEKEND ON THE CAPITOL CAMPUS
On Friday, Educational Service District 113 is sponsoring a Legislative Policy Reception 3:30-5 p.m in the Columbia Room of the Legislative Building.
On Saturday, the Colville High School Band will perform 1:30-3 p.m on the west campus.
Also on Saturday, a vigil to remember victims of gun violence is scheduled 3-4 p.m. on the north steps of the Legislative Building. The vigil is sponsored by President Barack Obama’s Organizing for Action group.
On Sunday, child abuse prevention advocates will bring pinwheels and gather at the Tivoli Fountain as part of Pinwheels for Prevention – an event to raise awareness in the community about child abuse and neglect prevention. Gov. Jay Inslee has proclaimed April as Child Abuse Prevention Month in Washington. The event starts at noon.