Today is Saturday, January 25, the 13th day of the 60-day legislative session.
Speaker of the House Frank Chopp, D-Seattle, has received the 2013 Ballard/Thompson Award from the Washington Coalition for Open Government for his attempt to protect public records access in the state. A reception will take place Tuesday in Olympia to honor Chopp.
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 handicapped parking. 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 their 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.
The Senate Health Care Committee will hear testimony on legislation that would require the Department of Health to provide childhood immunization information to pregnant women. Senate Bill 6297 is proposed by Sen. Randi Becker, R-Eatonville. The hearing will take place at 10 a.m. in Hearing Room 4 of the John A. Cherberg Building.
TUESDAY IN THE LEGISLATURE
House Bill 2457 is intended to allow more derelict vessels to be demolished by lowering the cost of deconstruction. Introduced by Rep. Drew Hansen, D-Bainbridge Island, the legislation will have a public hearing at 1:30 p.m. in the House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee in Hearing Room C of the John L. O’Brien Building.
Two gun-related measures will receive a public hearing in the House Judiciary Committee. Initiative 591, which would prohibit background checks on gun sales, and Initiative 594, which would require universal background checks on gun sales, will be heard at 1:30 p.m. in Hearing Room A of the John L. O’Brien Building.
ELSEWHERE ON CAMPUS
The Washington Restaurant Association is having its annual Hill Climb to lobby against any increase in the minimum wage and to allow a training wage within their industry.
Members of the Washington State School Directors’ Association also will be on the Capitol Campus on Monday to advocate for school funding.
Community Residential Services Association will rally on the north steps of the Legislative Building at noon Monday for their Support Living Advocacy Day. Rep. Ruth Kagi, D-Lake Forest Park, and Rep. Maureen Walsh, R-Walla Walla, are expected to address the crowd of more than 800 people.