Today is Thursday, Feb. 20th, the 39th day of the 60-day legislative session.
Quoted Rep. Ross Hunter
"It's OK to not have the forecast change every week. Flat is the new up.
D-Medina, on the state’s mostly unchanged quarterly revenue forecast
A prediction released by the Economic and Revenue Forecast Council on Wednesday showed that the retail marijuana market is expected to bring the state $190 million in revenue over four years starting in 2015.
The House recognized the Day of Remembrance on the floor Wednesday to commemorate the internment of Japanese and Japanese Americans during World War II.
THURSDAY IN THE LEGISLATURE
Senate Bill 6040 will have a hearing in the House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee. Introduced by Sen. Jim Honeyford, R-Sunnyside, the legislation is intended to allow the Department of Fish and Wildlife to better address invasive species in Washington. The measure would dedicate a portion of watercraft excise tax revenues for the prevention of invasive species. The proposal is scheduled to be heard at 8 a.m. in Hearing Room C of the John L. O’Brien Building.
The House Government Accountability and Oversight Committee will hear testimony on Senate Bill 5310. Sponsored by Sen. Sharon Nelson, D-Maury Island, the proposal would allow nonprofit senior centers to apply for a liquor license to sell alcohol for on-site consumption. The hearing is scheduled for 10 a.m. in Hearing Room E of the O’Brien Building.
The Senate Energy, Environment, and Telecommunications Committee will hold a work session to discuss nuclear waste disposal at 1:30 p.m. in Hearing Room 4 of the John A. Cherberg Building.
House Bill 1103 will have a hearing at 10 a.m. in the Senate Governmental Operations Committee. The legislation, sponsored by Rep. Kevin Van de Wege, D-Sequim, would require the secretary of state and the Washington State Association of County Auditors to develop a uniform ballot by 2022. The proposal will be heard in Hearing Room 2 of the Cherberg Building.
FRIDAY IN THE LEGISLATURE
Senate Bill 5097, sponsored by Sen. Randi Becker, R-Eatonville, is scheduled for a vote in the House Environment Committee. It would allow married couples to combine volunteer hours to gain a complementary Discover Pass. Currently, a person can earn a free pass if they complete 24 hours of volunteer service in the state recreational lands area. The hearing is scheduled for 9 a.m. in Hearing Room C of the O’Brien Building.
The Senate Law and Justice Committee will hear public testimony on Substitute House Bill 2102. Sponsored by Rep. David Sawyer, D-Tacoma, the legislation would require a prisoner to seek authorization from a court before commencing a civil lawsuit against a victim of their crimes. The proposal passed unanimously out of the House on Feb. 12. The hearing is scheduled for 8 a.m. in Hearing Room 2 of the Cherberg Building.
ELSEWHERE ON CAMPUS
Members of SEIU Healthcare 775NW from King County will lobby lawmakers Thursday on issues facing their community. Advocates want legislators to increase funding to home care hours and increase nursing home worker wages. One of their bills of focus, House Bill 2310, sponsored by Rep. Marcus Riccelli, D-Spokane, passed out of the House on Feb. 13.