Today is Friday, January 24, the 12th day of the 60-day legislative session.
FRIDAY IN THE LEGISLATURE
The House Education Committee will meet jointly with the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Education and the House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee. The committees will be briefed on environmental science education outside of the classroom. The meeting will take place at noon in Hearing Room A of the John L. O’Brien Building.
Legislation concerning paid vacation leave will have a public hearing in the House Labor and Workforce Development Committee. House Bill 2238, proposed by Rep. Gael Tarleton, D-Seattle, would require paid vacation leave for employees who work 20 or more hours per week. The hearing is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. in Hearing Room D of the John L. O’Brien Building.
A work session will examine the declining bee populations in Washington. The House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee will hear testimony about bees’ plight at 1:30 p.m. in Hearing Room C of the John L. O’Brien Building.
A proposal by Rep. David Sawyer, D-Lakewood, would allow the Department of Transportation to sell unused lands to federally recognized tribes. House Bill 1286 will be heard in the House Community Development, Housing and Tribal Affairs Committee at 1:30 p.m. in Hearing Room E of the John L. O’Brien Building.
MONDAY IN THE LEGISLATURE
A proposal by Rep. Kevin Parker, R-Spokane, seeks to help teachers identify homeless students as well as provide services to support students who might be homeless. House Bill 2373 will be heard in the House Education Committee at 1:30 p.m. in Hearing Room A of the John L. O’Brien Building.
Legislation by Rep. Sam Hunt, D-Olympia, would place restrictions on parking for those with disabilities with the intent of decreasing abuse of special parking privileges. House Bill 2463 will have a public hearing in the House Transportation Committee at 3:30 p.m. in Hearing Room B of the John L. O’Brien Building.
Senate Bill 6238 would allow an individual who purchased a former state liquor store to sell its spirit license to a third party and relocate the business. Proposed by Sen. Jim Honeyford, R-Sunnyside, the legislation will have a public hearing in the Senate Commerce and Labor Committee at 1:30 p.m. in Hearing Room 4 of the John A. Cherberg Building.
ELSEWHERE ON CAMPUS
Spirit of the Red Road will bring together supporters for the American Indian Lobby Day on Friday. The group will meet under the rotunda in the Legislative Building, and hear speeches from lawmakers on issues facing the community.
Members of the Washington Osteopathic Medical Association will lobby lawmakers on issues facing their practices. The organization will offer blood pressure checks in the Columbia Room in the Legislative Building throughout the day.