State Legislature deadline passes for bills to be voted on in house of origin

Murrow News ServiceFebruary 18, 2014 

The Legislative Building in Olympia is shown in this file photo from Jan. 3, 2013.

TONY OVERMAN — The Olympian

OLYMPIA -- Tuesday was the cutoff date in the state Legislature for bills to be voted on in their house of origin to remain alive for the remainder of the session.

The following bills, previously written about by the Herald, are still under consideration:

-Growlers: SB 1742, which passed the Senate 97-0 Monday, would allow wine to be sold in reusable containers called "growlers." Similar legislation concerning hard ciders, SB 6442 and HB 1008 with respective votes of 45-4 and 94-3, respectively.

-Tanning bed ban: SB 6065, banning the use of tanning beds for minors, passed the Senate on Feb. 12 with a 40-8 vote. It moves to the House today for a public hearing, with an executive session scheduled Thursday.

-Gaming in schools: SB 6104, establishing a public-private partnership to integrate academic video games into state school curriculums, passed the Senate 48-0 on Feb. 12. It's scheduled for a public hearing in the House today.

-Walla Walla Veterans Home: SB 5691 allows for the creation of an 80-bed veteran's home in Walla-Walla. The bill passed the Senate 48-0.

-Nuclear task force: SB 5991, passed 34-15 in the Senate, creates a task force to study nuclear energy. In the House, it has a public hearing today.

The following bills are no longer being considered:

-SB 6402, a bill designating honey bee products and services as agricultural for a B&O tax exemption.

-HB 2071, which expedited the permitting process to repair bridges deemed "structurally deficient." There are three in the Tri-City area.

-HB 2109, authorizing a University of Washington-funded residency program with Kadlec Health Systems in Richland.

-SB 6090, which dropped the number of DUIs preceding felony conviction from four to three.

-HB 2506, which raised felony DUI conviction from Class C to Class B.

-SB 6191, which increased sentences for second-degree manslaughter.

-HB 2117, a bill banning breed-specific "dangerous dog" laws.

-SB 6515, creating a pilot program to give incentives for manufacturing businesses to locate in Washington.

-SB 6322, creating a sales and use tax exemption for telecommunications companies.

-HB 2596, allows county-imposed sales and use tax revenue to be used for purchasing water for water banking.

-HB 1854, creating additional approval requirements for annexation methods by cities and towns.

The last day for bill readings in committees of the opposite house is Feb. 28. The final day of the legislative session is March 13.

Tri-City Herald intern Matt Benoit is a Washington State University student: 509-947-9277, mbenoit@tricityherald.com; Twitter: @Matt_Benoit_

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