Under the dome
Today is Tuesday, January 21, the 10th day of the 60-day legislative session.
More than 500 people participated Monday in the 2014 Muslim Lobby Day in Olympia, which was organized by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) of Washington. The group spoke with Gov. Jay Inslee, met with lawmakers and held an 11 a.m. rally at the Legislative Building to support extending state financial aid to immigrant students and regulating drone use.
TUESDAY IN THE LEGISLATURE
The House Finance Committee will hear a measure that would prevent marijuana growers from receiving tax breaks designed for other farming and agricultural businesses. House Bill 2409, sponsored by Seattle Democratic Rep. Reuven Carlyle, will be heard at 8 a.m. Tuesday in Hearing Room A of the John L. O’Brien building.
A proposal that would ensure job security for lawmakers should the legislative session extend into special session will receive a public hearing in the House Government Operations and Elections Committee. House Bill 2473, introduced by Rep. Marko Liias, D-Mukilteo, will be heard at 10 a.m. in Hearing Room E in the John L. O’Brien Building.
The Senate Natural Resources and Parks Committee will hear public testimony on Senate Bill 6039. Introduced by Sen. Kirk Pearson, R-Monroe, the legislation would set up new guidelines for the acquisition of hunting licenses and would make changes to hunter education courses. The hearing will take place at 1:30 p.m. in Hearing Room 1 of the John A. Cherberg Building.
WEDNESDAY IN THE LEGISLATURE
The House Business and Financial Services Committee will hear public testimony on House Bill 2162. The legislation would create an internship program that would be required for those entering the body piercing and tattoo fields. Sponsored by Rep. Cindy Ryu, D-Shoreline, the bill will be heard at 1:30 p.m. in Hearing Room B of the John L. O’Brien Building.
Legislation that would require write-in candidates to declare candidacy 18 days before an election will be heard in the House Government Operations and Elections Committee. House Bill 1510, sponsored by Rep. Sherry Appleton, D-Poulsbo, will have a public hearing at 1:30 p.m. in Hearing Room E of the John L. O’Brien Building.
The House Health Care & Wellness Committee will hold a hearing on a measure that would ban health professionals from performing gay conversion therapy on minor children. The hearing on House Bill 2451, sponsored by Rep. Marko Liias, D-Mukilteo, will take place at 8 a.m. in Hearing Room B of the John L. O’Brien Building.
The House Public Safety Committee will hear a measure that would require judges to set bail for people facing charges for a sexual or violent offense rather than releasing them on their own recognizance. House Bill 1171, sponsored by Rep. Chris Hurst, D-Enumclaw, will be heard at 8 a.m. in Hearing Room D of the John L. O’Brien building
Improving safety during the transport of oil will be the focus of the House Environment Committee on Wednesday. The committee will hold a work session to discuss existing laws and programs governing oil transportation at 1:30 p.m. in Hearing Room C of the John L. O’Brien Building. The committee will then hold a hearing on House Bill 2347, which aims to reduce the risk of oil spills and would require quarterly reporting of oil transport activity in the state.
ELSEWHERE ON CAMPUS
Washington March for Life will hold a rally at noon Tuesday on the north steps of the Legislative Building. An estimated 4,500 people are expected to attend the rally, which is scheduled to last until 1:30 p.m.