Today is Thursday, February 13, the 32nd day of the 60-day legislative session.
"It must have been a slow news day."
Sen. Mark Schoesler
R-Ritzville, during a press conference Wednesday as to why Gov. Jay Inslee issued a moratorium on the death penalty Tuesday. Top Republican lawmakers said during the press conference that the issue of the death penalty is not on their agenda for the session, and that they don’t know why the issue was brought up recently, after a policy cutoff.
The Seattle Times reported Wednesday that some conservative Republican state senators are removing their names from the Majority Coalition Caucus website to protest recent decisions by the predominantly-Republican caucus. Sen. Janea Holmquist Newbry has already removed her name from the website’s roster page, and Sens. Pam Roach and Don Benton say they and another lawmaker plan to as well.
The group, which remains in the caucus, says it wants to require a caucus vote on major bills – such as the measure passed last month to allow financial aid for students who were illegally brought to the United States as children – before they are brought to the floor.
THURSDAY IN THE LEGISLATURE
The House Early Learning and Human Services Committee will hold a hearing on House Bill 2737 at 9 a.m. Sponsored by Rep. Ruth Kagi, D-Lake Forest Park, the legislation would expand the number of businesses that are required to post a warning that consumption of alcohol during pregnancy can cause birth defects in an unborn child. House Bill 2737 will be heard in Hearing Room C of the John L. O’Brien Building.
FRIDAY IN THE LEGISLATURE
The House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee is scheduled to hear an update from the University of Washington’s Institute of Forest Resources. In 2011, the Legislature directed the institute to improve the understanding of forestry issues for the public. The hearing is scheduled for 9 a.m. in Hearing Room C of the John L. O’Brien Building.
ELSEWHERE ON CAMPUS
Advocates from the Aerospace Futures Alliance will be in Olympia on Thursday, meeting with lawmakers to discuss their legislative agenda. Gov. Jay Inslee and lawmakers are scheduled to speak to members of the alliance in the Columbia Room of the Legislative Building.
The Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of Washington will meet in the General Auditorium Building on the Capitol campus Thursday and hear from experts in their industry. Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler and Auditor Troy Kelley will address the group before they meet with legislators in the afternoon.