Today is Thursday, January 30, the 18th day of the 60-day legislative session.
"Let's get these people back to work in a sensible manner."
Quoted Sen. Jan Angel, R-Port Orchard, speaking in support of a bill that would let injured workers of any age receive structured settlements in place of long-term disability payments. Senate Bill 5127 passed the Senate 27-22 Wednesday.
After a lively debate, the House passed legislation guaranteeing paid sick leave for some employees in the state. House Bill 1313, proposed by Rep. Laurie Jinkins, D-Tacoma, heads to the Senate for consideration.
THURSDAY IN THE LEGISLATURE
House Bill 2432 aims to provide long-term support for people with developmental and intellectual disabilities who receive state services. The legislation, from Rep. Tami Green, D-Lakewood, will have a hearing in the House Early Learning and Human Services Committee at 10 a.m. in Hearing Room C of the John L. O’Brien 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 hearing in the House Education Committee at 10 a.m. in Hearing Room A of the John L. O’Brien Building.
A bill that would require termination of food stamps for incarcerated people will have a hearing in the Senate Human Services and Corrections. Senate Bill 6211, proposed by Sen. Joe Fain, R-Auburn, will be heard at 10 a.m. in Hearing Room 1 of the John A. Cherberg Building.
The Senate Transportation Committee will hear an update on the Skagit River Bridge at 3:30 p.m. in Hearing Room 1 of the John A. Cherberg Building.
FRIDAY IN THE LEGISLATURE
Rep. Jeff Morris, D-Mount Vernon, proposed legislation that would make distributing intimate images a class C felony. House Bill 2250 will have a public hearing in the House Public Safety Committee at 8 a.m. in Hearing Room D of the John L. O’Brien Building.
A piece of legislation that would allow regional and state universities with culinary programs to allow 18-year-old students to taste, but not consume, alcohol will have a public hearing. House Bill 6386, sponsored by Sen. Janea Holmquist Newbry, R-Moses Lake, will have a hearing at 8 a.m. in the Senate Commerce and Labor Committee in Hearing Room 4 of the John A. Cherberg Building.
ELSEWHERE ON CAMPUS
Faith Action Network is planning Interfaith Advocacy Day on Thursday to meet with lawmakers to discuss how to end violence in the community.
Advocates for The Humane Society also will visit Olympia to discuss animal protection issues, and dentists from the Washington State Dental Association will lobby for strengthening dental benefits within the state health benefit exchange.