Under the Dome: Today is Friday, Jan. 31, the 19th day of the 60-day legislative session

Staff reportJanuary 31, 2014 

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.


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.


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.


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.

The Olympian is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service