Today is Friday, Jan. 31, the 19th day of the 60-day legislative session.
Quoted Rep. Christopher Hurst
Sen. Barbara Bailey, R-Oak Harbor, introduced legislation Thursday that would effectively mimic the House’s Dream Act legislation. Senate Bill 6523 would extend access to the state need grant to students brought to the country illegally as children. Bailey had said earlier that there are more pressing issues, but on Friday the Senate expects to pass both her new bill and her previous proposal eliminating a one-year wait period for in-state tuition for military veterans.
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 hearing in the House Public Safety Committee at 8 a.m. in Hearing Room D of the John L. O’Brien Building.
Legislation that would allow regional and state universities with culinary programs to apply for a special license to allow students aged 18 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.
MONDAY IN THE LEGISLATURE
Legislation that would require the Department of Early Learning to provide information on safe sleeping practices to applicants for child-care provider licenses will have a hearing in the House Early Learning and Human Services Committee. Sponsored by Rep. Ruth Kagi, D-Lake Forest Park, House Bill 2695 will be heard at 1:30 p.m. in Hearing Room C in the John L. O’Brien Building.
House Bill 2706 concerns violations of marijuana laws for those younger than 21. Introduced by Rep. Luis Moscoso, D-Mountlake Terrace, the legislation would make violations a misdemeanor. It will have a hearing in the House Government Accountability and Oversight Committee at 1:30 p.m. in Hearing Room E of the John L. O’Brien Building.
House Bill 2700 would create a breast cancer awareness license plate, with proceeds going to the Department of Health’s breast, cervical and colon health program. Introduced by Rep. Monica Stonier, D-Vancouver, the legislation will have a hearing at 3:30 p.m. in the House Transportation Committee in Hearing Room B of the John L. O’Brien Building.
ELSEWHERE ON CAMPUS
Representatives of the National Guard Association of Washington will be on campus to lobby lawmakers on issues facing members of the Washington National Guard and their families.