Fifty years ago, native Washingtonian Jim Whittaker, accompanied by Sherpa Nawang Gombu, became the first American to reach the highest point on Earth – Mount Everest’s 29,028-foot summit. On Tuesday, the Senate passed a resolution commemorating Whittaker and other members of his expedition. Whittaker was in attendance.
TODAY IN THE LEGISLATURE
The Senate Committee on Energy, Environment and Telecommunications has scheduled an 8 a.m. work session. The committee will discuss energy taxation and recycled fuels. The meeting is scheduled for Hearing Room 4 of the John A. Cherberg Building.
Lawmakers also face an important legislative cutoff today. They have until 5 p.m. to consider opposite house bills. The deadline doesn’t apply to initiatives, budgets, and matters “necessary to implement the budget.” However, legislators have some wiggle room when it comes to deciding what “necessary” means.
THURSDAY IN THE LEGISLATURE
In the wake of recent drunken driving fatalities, the Senate Committee on Law and Justice and the House Committee on Public Safety have scheduled an 8 a.m. public hearing on two bills related to DUI laws. The hearing is scheduled for Hearing Room 4 of the John A. Cherberg Building. The hearing will be streamed live on the Internet on tvw.org
Gov. Jay Inslee plans to sign four bills into law, including House Bill 1352, which would extend the statute of limitations for sexual abuse against a child.
ELSEWHERE ON CAMPUS
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.
On Thursday, students from White Bluffs Elementary School in Richland will hold a steel drum band concert in the rotunda of the Legislative Building from 8:30-9:45 a.m.