Good morning. Today is Thursday, the 39th day of the 105-day session.
House and Senate leaders announced Wednesday that they had reached a deal on a supplemental budget bill to close part of the budget shortfall for the current biennium, meaning the Senate could vote on the measure Friday.
Sen. Maralyn Chase, D-Shoreline, introduced Senate Bill 5816, a companion to a bill by Rep. Eileen Cody, D-West Seattle, that would fund the state-subsidized Basic Health program by ending tax exemptions and raising taxes on private airplanes, cosmetic surgery and coal.
Rep. Pat Sullivan, D-Covington, introduced House Bill 1973, a companion to Senate Bill 5639, which would set up a Department of Education at the request of the governor.
Sullivan also introduced House Joint Resolution 4220, which would eliminate the office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction from the Washington Constitution.
Rep. Matt Shea, R-Spokane Valley, introduced House Bill 1976, which would require people to present proof of citizenship to receive some state medical and public-assistance benefits.
The Senate Committee on Government Operations, Tribal Relations and Elections is scheduled to vote on Senate Bill 5297, which would increase the filing fee for initiatives and referenda and would require paid signature gatherers to register with the secretary of state.
Anti-tax activist Tim Eyman opposes the measure and announced Wednesday that Sen. Pam Roach, R-Auburn, and Sen. Don Benton, R-Vancouver, plan to prevent a vote on the bill by introducing dozens of amendments.
The House Judiciary Committee is scheduled to vote on House Bill 1362, which would provide a foreclosure-mediation process for homeowners who request it.
The House Healthcare and Wellness Committee is scheduled to vote on House Bill 1246, which would ban some kinds of flavored tobacco, and House Bill 1363, which would require regulation of ultraviolet tanning beds.
The House Education Appropriations and Oversight Committee is scheduled to vote on House Bill 1586, which would allow branch campuses of the University of Washington and Washington State University to offer doctoral degree programs. A companion bill, Senate Bill 5315, passed the Senate Higher Education and Workforce Development Committee on Wednesday.
The House Transportation Committee is scheduled to hold a hearing on House Bill 1577, one of several bills under consideration that would require immigration-status checks before driver’s licences can be issued.
The House Environment Committee is scheduled to vote on House Bill 1785, which would prohibit the sale of copper-based boat paint, and on House Bill 1721, which would prohibit the sale of coal-tar pavement products.
The Senate Labor, Commerce and Consumer Protection Committee is scheduled to hold a hearing on Senate Bill 5542, which would allow tobacco retailers to apply for a cigar-lounge license. The committee also is scheduled to vote on Senate Bill 5150, which would set up a pilot project to try offering samples at state liquor stores.