Today is Tuesday, April 16, the 93rd day of the 105-day legislative session.
Senate Democrats said they plan to try a procedural maneuver known as the ninth order to bring two pieces of stalled legislation to the Senate floor. The order would allow lawmakers to move the Dream Act and the Reproductive Parity Act directly to the Senate floor for debate and a possible vote. Both bills have been held up in Republican-chaired committees. The maneuver is considered a long shot, however, as a ninth order move would require some support from the mostly Republican Majority Coalition Caucus.
TODAY IN THE LEGISLATURE
With less than two weeks left of the regular legislative session, lawmakers will be holding daily floor sessions, and most legislative committees have work sessions scheduled throughout the week.
Gov. Jay Inslee will hold a 2 p.m. press conference to discuss his new DUI bill, which is aimed at increasing support for prevention and creating stiffer penalties for those who drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
The Senate Ways and Means Committee will hold an 8 a.m. public hearing on four bills, including a $1 million proposal to fund the hiring of additional Department of Natural Resource officers. Sen. Pam Roach, R-Auburn, is the prime sponsor of Senate Bill 5906. The hearing is scheduled for Hearing Room 4 of the John A. Cherberg Building.
WEDNESDAY IN THE LEGISLATURE
Lawmakers face an important legislative cutoff Wednesday. They have until 5 p.m. to consider opposite house bills. The deadline doesn’t apply to initiatives, budgets and matters “necessary to implement budgets” – though legislators have some wiggle room when it comes to deciding what exactly “necessary” means.
ELSEWHERE ON CAMPUS
Public School Employees of Washington/SEIU 1948 will hold a brief march and rally Tuesday on the Capitol steps. The march will start at about 11 a.m. at The Governor Hotel, 621 S. Capitol Way. The group will march south on Capitol Way toward Capitol Campus. It expects to reach the Capitol steps and begin the rally at about 11:30 a.m.
On Wednesday, The Office of Financial Management and the Office of the Chief Information Officer will hold a fundraising bake sale from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. The bake sale will take place in the auditorium of the General Administration building.