Today is Wednesday, March 4, the 52nd day of the 60-day legislative session.
"We didn't go out and spend everything just because we could."
Rep. Richard DeBoltR-Chehalis, speaking in support of a capital budget plan that he said leaves a healthy ending fund balance. The capital budget, Senate Bill 6020, passed the House 92-4 Tuesday.
The House passed legislation Tuesday to bond lottery revenue to fund $700 million in school construction. Introduced by Rep. Hans Dunshee, D-Snohomish, House Bill 2797 passed 90-7.
Two pieces of marijuana-related legislation moved through the Senate this week. Monday evening, the Senate Ways and Means Committee narrowly advanced a proposal to merge the medical and recreational marijuana markets. Some Democrats joined Republicans in voting against Senate Bill 5887. The proposal needs a two-thirds majority vote to pass the Senate. Early Tuesday, the Senate unanimously voted in favor of legislation to exclude marijuana growers from tax breaks geared toward farmers and agricultural products. Sponsored by Sen. Jim Hargrove, D-Hoquiam, the legislation now moves to the House.
WEDNESDAY IN THE LEGISLATURE
The House Environment Committee will hear an update Wednesday on climate change impacts and adaptation efforts. The committee also will hold a work session on the value of ecosystem services. It meets at 8 a.m. in Hearing Room C of the John L. O’Brien Building.
ELSEWHERE ON CAMPUS
Members of Washington State Business and Professional Women will convene in Olympia Wednesday to discuss the implementation of the Affordable Care Act in Washington in addition to the Equal Rights Amendment. Advocates will meet with lawmakers in the afternoon.
THURSDAY IN THE LEGISLATURE
The House Local Government Committee will meet Thursday to hear an update on earthquake preparedness in communities across the state. The hearing is scheduled for 9 a.m. in Hearing Room D of the John L. O’Brien Building.
The Senate Natural Resources and Parks Committee will meet at 8:30 a.m. to confirm appointments to the Recreation and Conservation Funding Board, the Salmon Recovery Funding Board and the Columbia River Gorge Commission. The meeting will be in Hearing Room 3 of the John A. Cherberg Building.