Today is Tuesday, March 8, day 58 of a 105-day session.
In their last day to vote on policy bill in their houses of origin, the House passed House Bill 1166, which would prevent underage people from getting in trouble for having alcohol if they were caught while seeking medical assistance for someone with alcohol poisoning and House Bill 1789, which would increase penalties for people who drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
The House also passed House Bill 1874, which would allow police to record a conversation with the consent of only one of the parties involved if they have probable cause to believe that it involves the commercial sexual abuse of a minor. A companion bill already passed in a Senate floor vote.
The Senate passed Senate Bill 5482, which would allow existing affordable housing funds in the state to be used to house victims of human trafficking and their families and Senate Bill 5457, which would allow the King County public transportation system to impose a $20 vehicle registration fee to be used for projects to reduce traffic congestion.
Finally, the Senate approved Senate Bill 5264, which would require a study of Mazama pocket gophers, Senate Bill 5688, which would prohibit cutting the fins off sharks in Washington and Senate Bill 5356, which would extend the state pilot project for hunting cougars with the aid of dogs.
After Monday’s cutoff for voting on policy bills in their houses of origin, lawmakers will be holding committee hearings on bills passed out of the opposite house.
The Senate Environment, Water and Energy Committee will hold a hearing on House Bill 1003, which would establish energy efficiency requirements for consumer electronics including CD and DVD players.
The House Environment Committee will hear Senate Bill 5320, the Senate’s version of a bill to establish a Puget Sound Corps branch of the Washington Conservation Corps.
The Senate Labor, Commerce and Consumer Protection Committee will hear House Bill 1728, which would require restaurants to allow service animals on their premises.
The Senate Higher Education and Workforce Development Committee will hear House Bill 1822, which would express the Legislature’s intent to partner with the online Western Governors’ University to set up the Western Governors’ University-Washington.
The Washington Department of Social and Health Services is holding a public rule-making hearing in Office Building 2 in Olympia starting at 10 a.m.