Today is Saturday, March 1, the 48th day of the 60-day legislative session.
"Kids need smaller classroom sizes, and that implies more classrooms. Therefore we need more classrooms. You have to build them. You cant just have the teacher out in a field."
-House Speaker Frank Chopp , D-Seattle, on the prospect of borrowing against lottery revenues to build schools.
In a rare move, Senate Minority Leader Sharon Nelson, D-Maury Island, made a motion that the Senate move to the 9th order of business Friday. That is a parliamentary procedure that would have brought House Bill 2368 to the floor for consideration. The legislation is held up in the Senate Financial Institutions, Housing & Insurance Committee after co-chairwoman Jan Angel, R-Port Orchard, adjourned a meeting Thursday without hearing the bill. The bill would keep in place fees that raise money for combating homelessness and had bipartisan backing in the committee. The Nelson motion failed along caucus lines, 26-23.
Apart from legislation to implement the budget, all bills with a fiscal impact must be passed out of the House and Senate budget and finance committees by Monday to still be considered viable.
SATURDAY IN THE LEGISLATURE
The House Appropriations Committee will hold public hearings on fiscal legislation.
NEXT WEEK IN THE LEGISLATURE
The House Environment Committee will hear an update Wednesday on climate change impacts and adaptation efforts. The committee will also hold a work session on the value of ecosystem services. It meets at 8 a.m. in Hearing Room C of the O’Brien Building.