Under the Dome: Today is Wednesday, Feb. 5, the 24th day of the 60-day legislative session

February 5, 2014 


“I haven’t quite figured out the Senate and I don’t know what happens to bills. When I do, I’ll let you know.”

Sen. Steve O’Ban, R-Tacoma, speaking to the House Transportation Committee Tuesday. O’Ban, who served on the committee last year before he was appointed to the Senate, testified in support of his legislation, House Bill 2070. The bill would mandate a seven-step permit process for state transportation projects that require an environmental impact statement.


Gov. Jay Inslee declared a “moment of loudness” Wednesday to celebrate the Seahawks win over the Denver Broncos in the Super Bowl Sunday. In a proclamation issued Tuesday, Inslee urged 12th Man fans to make as much noise as possible for 30 seconds at 12:12 p.m.

Former Kirkland mayor Joan McBride, a Democrat, announced her intention to run against Senate Majority Leader Rodney Tom this fall. Tom, a Democrat from Medina, is said to be targeted by Democrats for helping Republicans form the Majority Coalition Caucus last year.


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.

Legislation introduced by Sen. Doug Ericksen, R-Ferndale, would prevent the sale and distribution of children’s products and upholstered furniture with certain flame retardants. Senate Bill 5984 will be heard in the Senate Energy, Environment and Telecommunications Committee at 8 a.m. in Hearing Room 4 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-Tacoma, Senate Bill 6434 will be heard in Hearing Room 2 of the John A. Cherberg Building.


A proposal by Sen. John McCoy, D-Tulalip, would petition Congress to come up with a plan for a federal nuclear waste repository. Senate Joint Memorial 8014 will have a hearing in the Senate Energy, Environment and Telecommunications Committee at 1:30 p.m. in Hearing Room 4 of the John A. Cherberg Building.

Legislation by Sen. Mark Mullet, D-Issaquah, would eliminate an exemption that allows Christian Scientists to treat their children with faith-based healing instead of traditional medicine. Senate Bill 6295 is scheduled for a hearing at 10 a.m. in the Senate Human Services and Corrections Committee in Hearing Room 1 of the John A. Cherberg Building.

Senate Bill 6516 would create a joint legislative task force to study financing options on flood control, water supply and stormwater projects. Introduced by Sen. Jim Honeyford, R-Sunnyside, the legislation is scheduled for a hearing in the Senate Ways and Means Committee at 3:30 p.m. in Hearing Room 4 of the John A. Cherberg Building.


Advocates from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society will meet with their legislators Wednesday to discuss improving accessible transportation and creating disabled parking laws that work for people with MS.

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