Good morning. Today is Wednesday, the 59th day of the 105-day session.
Following Monday’s cutoff for voting on bills in their houses of origin, lawmakers have narrowed down the proposals they’ll be considering for the rest of session. Budget bills are exempt from the deadline, so there’s a chance some bills that missed a floor vote could come back later when the Legislature works on the biennial budget.
Among bills that did not get a vote before the deadline:
SB 5213: Would have required companies that use toxic chemicals in children’s products to look for safer materials to use instead.
HB 1320: A proposal by Rep. Bob Hasegawa, D-Seattle, to set up a state bank that could lend money to Washington businesses and financial institutions.
HB 1550/SB 5598: Would have legalized and taxed marijuana sales.
SB 5456: Would have allowed same-sex civil marriages. The measure’s sponsor, Sen. Ed Murray, D-Seattle, has introduced a similar bill every year since 2007.
SB 5407: People who could not prove they were legal residents of Washington would not have been eligible for a driver’s license that could be used as identification.
The House Judiciary Committee will hear Senate Bill 5065, which would increase penalties for animal cruelty, and Senate Bill 5023, which would prohibit nonlawyers from giving legal advice about immigration for pay.
The House Higher Education Committee is having a work session on the policy effects of proposed budget cuts on higher education.
The House Healthcare and Wellness Committee is holding a hearing on Senate Bill 5307, which would count some military training and experience toward licensing requirements for pharmacy assistants, nurses, physical therapists and other medical professionals.
The Senate Environment, Water and Energy Committee will hear House Bill 1489, which would limit when and where people can use lawn fertilizer containing phosphorus. The proposal is one of the environmental lobby’s main legislative priorities this session.
The House Ways and Means Committee will hold a hearing on Senate Joint Resolution 8206, a constitutional amendment that would require the state to transfer money into a budget-stabilization account when it brings in more revenue than normal.