Today is Thursday, April 25, the 102nd day of the 105-day legislative session.
With the regular 105-day legislative session scheduled to end Sunday – and with such a wide divide between the Democrat-controlled House’s and the Republican-dominated Senate’s budgets – a special session is widely considered a foregone conclusion. Gov. Jay Inslee held a press conference Wednesday in which he alluded to the likelihood of an extra session being necessary. Inslee said that finishing on time would be like drawing “to an inside straight.” In other words, a long shot.
TODAY 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. Lawmakers on the House Committee on Health Care and Wellness will get a demonstration of the exchange’s website during their 8:30 a.m. meeting. The public meeting is scheduled for Hearing Room B in the John L. O’Brien Building.
The Public Disclosure Commission has scheduled a 9:30 a.m. meeting. The commission will hold a public hearing on the adoption of amended rules pertaining to officer terms. The meeting is at 711 Capitol Way, Room 206.
ELSEWHERE ON CAMPUS
On Thursday, The Puget Sound Adventist Academy Choir will hold a performance in the rotunda of the Legislative Building from noon-1 p.m.
Also on Thursday, Rainier School is sponsoring a plant, wood and stone product sale. The sale will be at Office Building 2 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
On Friday, Hawaiian musicians and hula dancers will perform from 9:15-9:45 a.m. in the rotunda of the Legislative Building. The performance is sponsored by the Office of the Lieutenant Governor.