Good morning. Today is Wednesday, the 38th day of the 105-day session.
Sen. Steve Conway, D-Tacoma, introduced Senate Bill 5806, which would authorize the state to hold an annual drawing, the proceeds from which would go into a fund to benefit veterans.
Rep. Jim Moeller, D-Vancouver, introduced House Bill 1963, a companion to Senate Bill 5793 by Sen. Ed Murray, that would allow civil marriages between same-sex couples. Besides Moeller, 41 representatives have signed on as co-sponsors.
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Several House bills were referred to Senate committees, including House Bill 1221, which would require colleges and universities to provide makeup exams for National Guard or military reserve students who are called into active duty.
The House could vote to not accept the Senate’s supplemental budget bill, paving the way procedurally for a new proposal that could get a vote later in the week. The supplemental budget would need to cut about $600 million from the biennial budget that ends in June.
The Senate Early Learning and K-12 Education Committee is scheduled to vote on Senate Bill 5639, a bill requested by the governor that would create a Department of Education incorporating all state-level education governance from preschool through college.
The committee also is to vote on Senate Bill 5616, the governor’s “launch-year” proposal to make the senior year of high school more academically rigorous.
The House Committee on State Government and Tribal Affairs will hold a hearing on House Bill 1324, which would cancel the 2012 presidential primary.
The committee also is scheduled to hear House Bill 1938, which would make the State Capitol Committee responsible for the management of Capitol Lake as a “lake environment.”