Today is Tuesday, January 28, the 16th day of the 60-day legislative session.
Former Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords will appear before the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday to testify in favor of Initiative 594, which calls for universal background checks on gun sales in Washington. Giffords was shot in the head in January 2011 while speaking in Tucson, Ariz. The public hearing will be at 1:30 p.m. in Hearing Room A of the John L. O’Brien Building.
Tuesday marks the 155th anniversary of the incorporation of Olympia. It was designated as capital of the Washington Territory in 1853, but it did not become a city until Jan. 28, 1859.
TUESDAY IN THE LEGISLATURE
House Bill 2457 is intended to allow for more derelict vessels to be demolished by lowering the cost of dismantling. 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.
The House Higher Education Committee will hold a public hearing on House Bill 2443. The legislation, introduced by Chad Magendanz, R-Issaquah, would require employment and long-term earnings data to be published for higher education degrees. The hearing will at 10 a.m. in Hearing Room A of the John L. O’Brien Building.
WEDNESDAY IN THE LEGISLATURE
The Senate Early Learning and K-12 Education Committee will hold a public hearing on Senate Bill 6209, proposed by Sen. Bruce Dammeier, R-Puyallup. The legislation would create the Expanded Learning Opportunities Council, which would advise the governor and Legislature on how to prevent summer learning loss and close the academic opportunity gap. The hearing will take place at 1:30 p.m. in Hearing Room 3 of the John A. Cherberg Building.
Legislation that would waive the penalty for failure to display a Discover Pass with proof of possession will have a public hearing in the House Appropriations Subcommittee on General Government and Information Technology. Sponsored by Rep. Chad Magendanz, R-Issaquah, the hearing for House Bill 2156 will take place at 3:30 p.m. in Hearing Room D of the John L. O’Brien Building.
Legislation sponsored by Rep. Marcus Riccelli, D-Spokane, would require hospitals to collect blood samples from all newborns to test for any genetic or metabolic disorders that could lead to intellectual or physical disabilities. House Bill 2544 will have a hearing in the House Health Care and Wellness Committee at 8 a.m. in Hearing Room B of the John L. O’Brien Building.
ELSEWHERE ON CAMPUS
Gov. Jay Inslee will address advocates of extended health coverage on the north steps of the Legislative Building at 10:45 a.m. Tuesday. Healthy Washington Coalition is organizing the rally, at which advocates will share testimony of their experience with the expansion of Medicaid.
Washington Low Income Housing Alliance’s annual lobby day will include a rally in the same area at noon Tuesday. Also on campus: Members of the Washington State Dental Hygienists’ Association and the American Heart Association will be lobbying legislators.