Good morning. Today is Wednesday, day 45 of a 105-day session.
Sen. Lisa Brown, D-Spokane, introduced Senate Bill 5846, which would provide a healthcare subsidy for Washington teachers who retire in the summer of 2011.
Sen. Mike Hewitt, R-Walla Walla, and Brown introduced Senate Bill 5852, which would prohibit teachers and other public employees who retire after Sept. 1, 2011, from going back to work and getting a state pension and paycheck at the same time, a process called “retire-rehire.”
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On the floor Tuesday, the Senate passed Senate Bill 5005, which would require parents to talk to a doctor about the benefits and risks of immunizations before opting out of shots for their children.
The Senate also passed Senate Bill 5029, which would allow beer and wine tasting at farmers’ markets and Senate Bill 5036, which would make permanent a $3 vessel-registration fee to fund invasive-species removal in Washington.
The House passed House Bill 1001, which would request that the state Supreme Court adopt specific rules about the way that people defending themselves against sex-abuse charges can question witnesses. The purpose of the measure is to keep rape victims from being harassed by the people who assaulted them.
The House also passed House Bill 1136, a bill to allow special license plates for volunteer firefighters.
The Senate Ways and Means Committee will hear Senate Bill 5806, which would set up a state raffle to benefit veterans, and Senate Bill 5539, which would increase the Washington tax incentives for movie-making companies to film in-state.
The committee will also hear Senate Bill 5073, which would require medical marijuana dispensaries to be licensed and would set up protections from arrest and warrantless searches for medical marijuana patients.
The House Transportation Committee will hold a hearing on Senate Bill 5700, which would authorize the state Transportation Commission to set tolls for State Route 520 and the Tacoma Narrows Bridge.
Supporters of Initiative 1130, which would require that egg-laying hens be kept in larger cages, are holding a kickoff event for their campaign at South Puget Sound Community College at 6 p.m.
The state Legislature is hosting Civic Education day, which will include resources and recognition for Washington civics teachers, in the Legislative Building.