Under the Dome: Today is the fourth day of the 60-day legislative session

January 16, 2014 

Today is Thursday, January 16, the fourth day of the 60-day legislative session.

NOTEWORTHY

A random check of signatures gathered for Initiative 594 will begin Thursday. Supporters of the proposal, which calls for background checks on all gun sales, submitted more than 300,000 signatures, of which 10,000 will be checked for validity.

Similarly, a random check of signatures gathered for Initiative 591, which would limit background checks on gun sales, will begin in the next week. I-591 would also prohibit government agencies from confiscating firearms from citizens without due process.

THURSDAY IN THE LEGISLATURE

The House Appropriations Committee will receive an update on the implementation of the Affordable Care Act at 3:30 p.m. in Hearing Room A of the John L. O’Brien Building. The report will focus on the expansion of Medicaid and the implementation of the health benefits exchange.

The Senate Energy, Environment and Telecommunications Committee will hold a public hearing for Senate Bill 5991, which would create a task force to study how the state can advance clean energy through the use of nuclear power. The legislation, sponsored by Sen. Doug Ericksen, R-Ferndale, will be heard at 1:30 p.m. in Hearing Room 4 of the John A. Cherberg Building.

FRIDAY IN THE LEGISLATURE

The Senate Law and Justice Committee will take testimony on Senate Bill 6025, which calls for a doubled sentence in any crime committed while the offender was wearing body armor. The legislation, introduced by Sen. Steve O’Ban, R-University Place, will be heard at 8 a.m. in Hearing Room 2 of the John. A. Cherberg Building.

House Bill 2143, legislation that would prohibit anyone from producing genetically modified finfish in state waters and require the labeling of genetically engineered salmon or salmon products, will be before the House Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources. Rep. Cary Condotta, R-East Wenatchee, sponsored the legislation, which will be heard at 1:30 p.m. in Hearing Room C of the John L. O’Brien Building.

ELSEWHERE ON CAMPUS

The Puget Sound Partnership Leadership Council meets Thursday in the General Administration auditorium, with an introduction from Gov. Jay Inslee.

BILL INTRODUCTIONS

Rep. Sherry Appleton, D-Poulsbo, introduced legislation that would create a work group to study the implications of a voluntary patient registry for medical marijuana. The work group, which would include at least 12 members with a stake in the medical cannabis industry, would be required to report back to the Legislature by Jan. 1. House Bill 2233 has been referred to the Health Care and Wellness Committee.

Legislation by Rep. Gael Tarleton, D-Seattle, lays the groundwork for the accrual of paid vacation days for Washington workers. House Bill 2238 has been referred to the Labor and Workforce Development Committee.

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