Today is Saturday, March 8, the 55th day of the 60-day legislative session.
Lt. Gov. Brad Owen introduced Taima, the official hawk of the Seattle Seahawks, on the Senate floor Friday. A resolution honoring Taima, and his ability to unite both sides of the state during Seahawks games, was adopted in the Senate. Taima leads the Seahawks out of the tunnel at the start of every home game.
The Senate approved House Bill 2700 Friday afternoon. Sponsored by Rep. Monica Stonier, D-Vancouver, the legislation creates a breast cancer awareness license plate. House Bill 2700 passed unanimously out of both chambers and now goes to the governor.
The House passed Senate Bill 5956, which allows for the possession of short-barreled rifles. Sponsored by Sen. Brian Hatfield, D-Raymond, the proposal passed 95-3 in the House and now goes to the governor.
MONDAY IN THE LEGISLATURE
The House Capital Budget Committee has scheduled a possible vote on Senate Bill 6516. Sponsored by Sen. Jim Honeyford, R-Sunnyside, the legislation would create a joint legislative task force to study options to finance flood control, water supply and storm water projects. The hearing is scheduled for 8 a.m. in Hearing Room B of the John L. O’Brien Building.
TUESDAY IN THE LEGISLATURE
The House Health Care and Wellness Committee will hold a work session to discuss strategies to reduce hepatitis C in Washington. The hearing is scheduled for 9 a.m. in Hearing Room B of the John L. O’Brien Building.
The House Education Committee will hold a work session to discuss creating high school science and math courses for students headed for technical and career colleges. The meeting is scheduled for 8 a.m. in Hearing Room A of the John L. O’Brien Building.
ELSEWHERE ON CAMPUS
Critics of House Bill 2795, which would place a 75 percent tax on electronic cigarettes, will rally on the Capitol Campus at noon Saturday.
The Selah High School band will perform under the Rotunda in the Legislative Building at 11 a.m. Sunday.