QUOTED"We did a great job with Boeing. That was really phenomenal. I dont know if people really appreciate the magnitude of that."
-Senate Majority Leader Rodney Tom, D-Medina, speaking about one of the Legislature's successes this year while responding to Gov. Jay Inslee's state of the state address Tuesday. Lawmakers met for a special session in November to pass tax incentives for the aerospace industry to encourage Boeing to build its new 777X jetliner in Washington.
Gov. Jay Inslee delivered his State of the State address to a joint session of the Legislature on Tuesday. He advocated cost-of-living raises for teachers and a higher state minimum wage.
WEDNESDAY IN THE LEGISLATURE
Two bills relating to the regulation of medical marijuana will receive public hearings Wednesday.
• House Bill 2149 to require the Department of Health to create a work group to develop practice guidelines for medical professionals prescribing medical marijuana will be heard by the House Health Care and Wellness Committee at 8 a.m. in Hearing Room B of the John L. O’Brien Building.
• House Bill 2198 to provide tax exemptions for medical marijuana patients will go before the House Finance Committee at 6 p.m. in Hearing Room A of the John L. O’Brien Building.
In the Senate, the Law and Justice committee will hear Senate Bill 6010, which would make possession of one to 10 altered or shaved keys a gross misdemeanor. The public hearing will be at 1:30 p.m. in Hearing Room 2 in the John A. Cherberg Building.
THURSDAY IN THE LEGISLATURE
The House Technology and Economic Development Committee will hear three bills relating to surveillance of private citizens by unmanned aircraft and monitoring of Internet searches at 8 a.m. in Hearing Room B of the John L. O’Brien Building. The bills are sponsored by the committee chairman, Rep. Jeff Morris, D-Mount Vernon.
Legislation to require governing members of public agencies to undergo training on requirements of the Open Public Meetings Act will be heard in the Senate Committee on Governmental Relations at 10 a.m. in Hearing Room 2 in the John A. Cherberg Building. Senate Bill 5964 is sponsored by Sen. Joe Fain, R-Auburn.
ELSEWHERE ON CAMPUS
Members of the Washington Occupational Therapy Association will be on the Capitol Campus on Wednesday, advocating advancement of occupational therapy practices as well as promoting occupational therapy services among lawmakers.
Rep. David Sawyer, D-Tacoma, introduced legislation prohibiting local governments from banning marijuana businesses. House Bill 2322 would penalize municipalities that attempt to block marijuana businesses as licensed by the Liquor Control Board by withholding revenue from liquor and marijuana taxes and fees.