Today is Monday, March 7, the 57th day of the 105-day session.
Monday at 5 p.m. is the deadline for voting policy bills out of their houses of origin, so legislators had floor sessions through the weekend.
In a 26-23 vote Friday, the Senate passed Senate Bill 5124, which would require all counties in the state to vote by mail. Pierce is the only county in Washington to still have in-person polling places.
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The Senate on Saturday unanimously passed Senate Bill 5242, which would require law enforcement agencies to adopt written policies against motorcycle profiling, and, in a 28-21 vote, passed Senate Bill 5039, which would require health insurance companies to cover treatments that help people quit smoking.
On Friday, the Senate passed Senate Bill 5540, which would authorize schools to put safety cameras on school buses. The cameras would take pictures of cars that passed the buses illegally and could be used to send the driver a ticket.
The House on Saturday passed House Bill 1635, which would allow private driver-training schools and school districts to give written and driving tests to people who want a driver’s license.
The Washington Student Association, a lobby group for college students in the state, is holding a rally on the north steps of the Legislative Building at noon.