Under the Dome: Today is Friday, Feb. 21, the 40th day of the 60-day legislative session

February 21, 2014 

The dome of the Legislative Building at the Capitol in Olympia.


Today is Friday, February 21, the 40th day of the 60-day legislative session.

Quoted Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles

D-Seattle, speaking at a field hearing of the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee’s Subcommittee on Human Resources in Auburn on Thursday. Kohl-Welles, who has introduced different pieces of legislation over the years to combat human trafficking, sponsored Senate Bill 6017 this session. If passed, it would help law enforcement get back money spent on investigations of commercial child sex-trafficking.


Gov. Jay Inslee’s office said Thursday that Inslee will meet with Education Secretary Arne Duncan on Sunday to discuss extending a waiver that exempts the state from the most onerous provisions of the No Child Left Behind Act. An extension is at issue because the Senate voted down legislation aimed at changing the state’s teacher and principal evaluation system to comply with federal requirements.


Senate Bill 5097, sponsored by Sen. Randi Becker, R-Eatonville, is scheduled to come up for a vote in the House Environment Committee. The legislation would allow married couples to combine volunteer hours to gain a complimentary 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 John L. O’Brien Building.

The Senate Law and Justice Committee will hear 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 his or her 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 John A. Cherberg Building.


Legislation concerning Alzheimer’s disease will be heard in the House Health Care and Wellness Committee. Sponsored by Sen. Karen Keiser, D-Kent, Senate Bill 6124 would task the Department of Social and Health Services with creating a workgroup to institute a plan to study and determine the impact of Alzheimer’s in Washington. The hearing is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. in Hearing Room B of the O’Brien Building.

The House Transportation Committee will hold a hearing on Senate Bill 5141 at 3:30 p.m. Introduced by Sen. Curtis King, R-Yakima, the legislation would allow motorcyclists to proceed through certain red lights if the traffic controls are triggered by weight. The hearing is scheduled for Hearing Room B of the O’Brien Building.

House Bill 2329, sponsored by Rep. Marcus Riccelli, D-Spokane, will have a public hearing in the Senate Health Care Committee. The legislation would create a breastfeeding friendly designation in Washington for hospitals and employers that promote breastfeeding. The hearing is scheduled for 10 a.m. in Hearing Room 4 of the Cherberg Building.


Members of the Washington State Catholic Conference will meet with lawmakers Friday.

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