Today is Saturday, February 1, the 20th day of the 60-day legislative session.
The Senate passed Senate Bill 5318 and Senate Bill 6523 Friday. SB 5318 seeks to allow active duty members and veterans of the military access to in-state tuition without having to wait one year after arriving in the state. SB 6523 would allow students brought to the country illegally access to state need grant funds when applying to higher-education institutions. Both sponsored by Sen. Barbara Bailey, R-Oak Harbor, the legislation will now move to the House for consideration.
MONDAY IN THE LEGISLATURE
Legislation that would require the Department of Early Learning to provide information on safe sleeping practices to applicants of a child care provider license 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 offense. The proposal 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.
A proposal that would require local health departments to provide free infectious-disease testing for good Samaritans will come before the House Health Care and Wellness Committee. House Bill 2530, introduced by Rep. June Robinson, D-Everett, would require the testing regardless of whether it was covered by the person’s health insurance. The hearing is at 1:30 p.m. in Hearing Room B 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.
TUESDAY IN THE LEGISLATURE
The House Appropriations Committee will hear an update on the implementation of the state’s obligation to fund public education following the state Supreme Court’s McCleary decision. The hearing is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. in Hearing Room A of the John L. O’Brien Building.
House Bill 2552, introduced by Rep. Chris Reykdal, D-Tumwater, would require persons being paid to collect signatures for petitions, referendums or initiatives to register with and complete training by the secretary of state. The legislation has a hearing at 10 a.m. in Hearing Room E of the John L. O’Brien building.
Legislation requiring the state auditor to perform a financial audit of state universities will have a public hearing. Proposed by Rep. Cary Condotta, R-East Wenatchee, House Bill 2308 would make the audit focus on public funds and student fees. The hearing is scheduled for 10 a.m. in Hearing Room A of the John L. O’Brien Building.
A proposal introduced by Rep. Jessyn Farrell, D-Seattle, to raise the state minimum wage to $12 over three years will have a public hearing in the House Labor and Workforce Development Committee. House Bill 2672, which has 31 co-sponsors, will have a hearing at 1:30 p.m. in Hearing Room D of the John L. O’Brien Building.
ELSEWHERE ON CAMPUS
The Children’s Alliance’s annual Have a Heart for Kids Day will bring hundreds to the Capitol on Monday. After a rally on the north steps of the Legislature Building at noon, members of the advocacy group will meet with lawmakers.
Members of Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest will rally on the north steps of the Legislative Building at 12:30 p.m. Monday. The organization wants legislators to pass the Reproductive Parity Act, which would require insurance companies in Washington to cover abortions if they cover maternity care.The Olympian