Good morning. Today is Thursday, the 74th day of the 105-day session.
The Senate Labor Commerce and Consumer Protection Committee is scheduled to hear Senate Bill 5907, which would implement National Institute of Corrections recommendations on prison safety that came out of a report on the January killing of corrections officer Jayme Biendl.
The measure would set up a pilot project for body alarms for prison guards and develop staff training programs and a plan for giving corrections officers pepper spray.
The Committee is also scheduled to hear House Bill 2011, which would expand collective bargaining rights of employees from the state Corrections Department.
The Senate Early Learning and K-12 Education Committee will hear an amendment to House Bill 1849. Under the amended bill, the Legislature would create an Education Department in the state headed by a Cabinet-level secretary. The version of the bill that passed the House would only have set up a study of education governance in Washington.
The House Judiciary Committee will have a hearing on Senate Bill 5065, which would increase the penalties for animal cruelty, and Senate Bill 5439, a proposal to increase the damages for which a company that causes an oil spill could be liable. The House already passed a stricter oil spill bill, House Bill 1186, which would increase liability, set up a volunteer spill-response system and require tanker companies to create spill contingency plans.
The House Higher Education Committee is to vote on Senate Bill 5749, a measure that would reform the state’s Guaranteed Education Tuition Program, which allows people to buy tuition credits for college in the future at today’s prices. The committee also is scheduled to hear House Bill 1907, under which the state would pay the GET enrollment fee and buy a certain amount of GET credits for Washington children.
A group of retired military leaders is coming to Olympia to urge lawmakers to fund early education programs, the Pacific Science Center is having Science Day in the Legislative Building, and the Washington State Catholic Conference is hosting Catholic Advocacy Day.