Under the dome
Today is Friday, April 19, the 96th day of the 105-day legislative session.
"The victims don't get a second chance at life, and we seem to be giving the drunk drivers a second chance to kill, so we need new laws to get tougher on DUI. But to get tougher, we also have to get smarter."
-Rep. Roger Goodman, D-Kirkland, during a hearing on a proposal to toughen drunken driving laws.
TODAY IN THE LEGISLATURE
The House Finance Committee will hold a public hearing on House Bill 2038, a billion-dollar tax proposal targeted at funding K-12 and higher education. The committee also will hear a proposal aiming to strengthen the review of the Legislature’s goals for tax breaks by requiring every new tax break to provide a statement of legislative intent and an expiration date. The meeting is scheduled for 8 a.m. in Hearing Room A of the John L. O’Brien Building.
THIS WEEKEND IN THE LEGISLATURE
With barely more than a week left in the regular legislative session, both the House and Senate have tentatively scheduled caucus meetings and possible floor sessions for Saturday and Sunday.
ELSEWHERE ON CAMPUS
Tapteal Elementary School students will be in the rotunda of the Legislative Building for their “Kid Calypso Steel Drum Band Performance.” The Richland School District students will perform from noon-1 p.m.
The Washington Brewers Guild is sponsoring a rally starting at noon on the north steps of the Legislative Building. Organizers have said they want to call attention to the tax issues facing small brewers.
Saturday, the Lynden Christian High School Chamber Choir will perform in the Rotunda of the Legislative Building from noon-1 p.m.
Also Saturday, an event billed as an “Interfaith Vigil and Rally for Gun Sense” will take place on the north lawn near Tivoli Fountain. The gathering is scheduled from 2-4 p.m. and sponsored by Moms Demand Action and St. John’s Episcopal Church.