Today is Tuesday, February 4, the 23rd day of the 60-day legislative session.
“Never judge a bill based on the number of sponsors.”
Rep. Pat Sullivan, D-Covington, when asked why House Bill 2672, which calls for an increase in the minimum wage, only had 32 co-sponsors, all of which are Democrats. There are 55 Democrats in the House. Some worry that means it is doomed to fail.
Hundreds of abortion-rights advocates from Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest gathered under the rotunda in the Legislative Building Monday. The organization, along with NARAL Pro-Choice Washington, lobbied lawmakers to pass the Reproductive Parity Act, which would require insurance companies covering maternity care to cover abortion.
TUESDAY IN THE LEGISLATURE
The House Appropriations Committee will hear an update on progress in funding public education as ordered by 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 to register with and complete training by the secretary of state. The legislation has a public 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, the bill 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 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.
WEDNESDAY IN THE LEGISLATURE
House Bill 2561, a proposal that would require mail ballots to arrive at county election offices by 8 p.m. on Election Day, will have a hearing in the House Government Operations and Elections Committee. Introduced by Rep. David Taylor, R-Moxee, the legislation will be discussed at 1:30 p.m. in Hearing Room E of the John L. O’Brien Building.
A proposal that would allow seizure of certain property belonging to offenders who patronized prostitutes will have a hearing at 1:30 p.m. in the Senate Law and Justice Committee. Introduced by Sen. Steve O’Ban, R-University Place, Senate Bill 6434 will be heard in Hearing Room 2 of the John A. Cherberg Building.
ELSEWHERE ON CAMPUS
Advocates for the Washington State PTA will gather under the rotunda in the Legislative Building at noon Tuesday and hear speeches from Gov. Jay Inslee and several Democratic and Republican lawmakers. Members of the organization will meet with legislators to advocate for education reform, closing the opportunity gap among students and increasing basic education funding.
Members of the Washington Food Industry Association will meet with lawmakers Tuesday to discuss workers’ compensation, liquor taxation and the minimum wage.