Good morning. Today is Friday, the 47th day of the 105-day session.
Sen. Don Benton, R-Vancouver, introduced Senate Joint Resolution 8216, which would amend the state constitution to establish a spending limit for state government. The limit would be determined by multiplying the previous year’s expenditures by a fiscal growth factor.
Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles, D-Seattle, introduced Senate Bill 5857, which would require all state tax exemptions to be regularly reauthorized by the Legislature be allowed to expire.
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In the House, several bills that have passed the Senate were referred to committee, including Senate Bill 5005, which would require parents to learn about the benefits and dangers of an immunization before opting out of shots for their children. The House also referred Senate Bill 5029 to committee. Under that bill, beer and wine tasting would be allowed at farmers’ markets.
The Senate passed Senate Bill 5030, which would allow a corrections officer who is assaulted by an inmate to get damages deducted from deposits into an inmate’s account.
The Senate also passed Substitute Senate Bill 5168, which would reduce the maximum sentence for a gross misdemeanor in Washington by one day.
The reason for the measure, said sponsor Adam Kline, D-Seattle, is that federal deportation decisions sometimes depend on whether a person received a sentence of a year or more. Under current law, legal permanent residents could be deported for a Washington gross misdemeanor offense, even if their yearlong prison sentence is suspended and they do not end up serving any time in jail.
The Senate Ways and Means Committee will hear Senate Bill 5769, a bill by Sen. Phil Rockefeller, D-Bainbridge Island, to phase out coal at the TransAlta power plant by 2020.
The Senate Transportation Committee has a hearing scheduled on Substitute Senate Bill 5185, which would suspend some rules about equipment standards and wearing helmets for motorcyclists driving in parades.
On the Capitol Campus, the Anti-Hunger and Nutrition Coalition is hosting a lobby day and the Washington Off-Highway Vehicle Alliance is holding an off-highway vehicle awareness rally.