Under the Dome: Today is Wednesday, Jan. 29, the 17th day of the 60-day legislative session

Staff reportJanuary 29, 2014 

Today is Wednesday, January 29, the 17th day of the 60-day legislative session.


Hundreds lined up Wednesday to hear testimony on Initiative 594 and Initiative 591. Former Arizona Congresswoman Gabby Giffords testified with her husband, Mark Kelly, in favor of Initiative 594, which would require background checks on all gun sales and transfers. Overflow for the hearing filled the galleries in the House chambers.


The Senate Early Learning and K-12 Education Committee will have 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 as to how to prevent summer learning loss and close the academic opportunity gap. The hearing will begin at 1:30 p.m. in Hearing Room 3 of the John A. Cherberg Building.

Legislation sponsored by Rep. Marcus Riccelli, D-Spokane, would require hospitals to collect blood samples from all newborns within 48 hours of birth to test for genetic or metabolic disorders that could lead to intellectual or physical disabilities. Parents could object on religious grounds. House Bill 2544 will be heard in the House Health Care and Wellness Committee at 8 a.m. in Hearing Room B of the John L. O’Brien Building.

Initiative 594 and 591, heard in the House on Tuesday, will have a public hearing in the Senate Law and Justice Committee at 1:30 p.m. in Hearing Room 1 of the John A. Cherberg Building.


A proposal by Rep. Jason Overstreet, R-Blaine, would prohibit the state Board of Education from requiring students to complete a culminating project for graduation. House Bill 2402 will have a public hearing in the House Education Committee at 10 a.m. in Hearing Room A of the John L. O’Brien Building.

The Senate Transportation Committee will hear an update on the Skagit River Bridge from representatives of the Washington State Department of Transportation. The hearing begins at 3:30 p.m. in Hearing Room 1 of the John A. Cherberg Building.


The Washington Dairy Products Commission will be serving ice cream Wednesday in the Capitol Rotunda.

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