Today is Wednesday, April 24, the 101st day of the 105-day legislative session.
TODAY IN THE LEGISLATURE
The House Committee on Public Safety has tentatively scheduled an 8 a.m. vote on a proposal that would toughen DUI laws. Among other things, House Bill 2030 would require an ignition interlock device to be installed on an impounded vehicle before it is released. The meeting is scheduled for Hearing Room D of the John L. O’Brien Building.
Lawmakers on the House Committee on Technology and Economic Development have scheduled a possible vote on a bill that would exempt large private airplanes from certain registration requirements and taxes. The meeting is scheduled at 8:30 a.m. in Hearing Room C of the John L. O’Brien Building.
Pro Football Hall of Fame wide receiver and former Oklahoma congressman Steve Largent will testify in front of the Senate’s Energy, Environment and Telecommunications Committee. Largent is the president and CEO of CTIA, a wireless communications trade organization. The committee will be meeting to discuss how the state can encourage further development of wireless technology. The 8 a.m. meeting is scheduled for Hearing Room 4 of the John A. Cherberg Building.
THURSDAY IN THE LEGISLATURE
As part of national health reform, the Washington Health Benefit Exchange is currently working to create Washington Healthplanfinder – an online marketplace for individuals, families and small businesses in Washington to compare and enroll in qualified health insurance plans. The House Committee on Health Care and Wellness will get a demonstration of the exchange’s website during its 8:30 a.m. meeting in Hearing Room B in the John L. O’Brien Building.
ELSEWHERE ON CAMPUS
Representatives of The Washington Good Spirits Council will be holding a 10 a.m. press conference today on the north steps of the Legislative Building. The council’s website said the group is concerned about “the unreasonable taxes and fees that have been driving locals and tourists across our borders in search of reasonable spirits prices.”
On Thursday, The Puget Sound Adventist Academy Choir will hold a performance in the rotunda of the Legislative Building. The concert is scheduled to run from noon to 1 p.m.