Good morning. Today is Friday, the fifth day of the 105-day session.
REFERENDUM ON LIQUOR PRIVATIZATION
Sens. Tim Sheldon, Phil Rockefeller and Curtis King introduced a bill that would send voters a referendum on privatizing liquor sales in the state. Like Initiatives 1100 and 1105, which failed in November, the referendum would close state liquor stores and allow liquor to be sold in private grocery stores.
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Sen. Jerome Delvin introduced a bill that would withdraw Washington from participation in the Western Climate Initiative, a regional effort to reduce the greenhouse-gas emissions that lead to climate change. According to the language of the bill, its sponsors believe state government should focus on jobs and the economy over environmental efforts during recession. Rep. Shelly Short also introduced a bill requesting that the governor withdraw from the initiative.
Sen. Don Benton introduced a bill that would create a single governing board for the state’s four-year college and universities that would have the authority to increase teaching loads for faculty, eliminate programs and cut administrative costs.
Benton introduced another bill that would eliminate the rule requiring drivers to replace their license plates periodically.
Sen. Craig Pridemore introduced a bill that would make the county auditor a nonpartisan position. A companion bill was introduced in the House by Rep. Sherry Appleton.
Rep. Kirk Pearson introduced HB 1140, which would authorize towns to provide high-speed Internet.
Rep. Phyllis Gutiérrez Kenney introduced a bill at the request of Attorney General Rob McKenna that would prohibit non-lawyers from giving legal assistance on immigration issues.
Most committees are scheduled to hold work sessions, though there will be a few hearings.
The House Labor Workforce and Development Committee will hold hearings on several bills, two of which would change unemployment insurance in the state.
The House Business and Financial Services Committee will also hold several hearings, including one on creating a hair design license in the state.