Good morning. Today is Thursday, the 60th day of the 105-day session.
Sen. Joseph Zarelli, R-Ridgefield, introduced Senate Bill 5870, which would refuse funding for the collective-bargaining agreement negotiated between the governor and state employees.
The House passed Senate Bill 5763, which would remove a legal loophole that exempted some Canadians from paying sales tax in Washington. The measure now goes to the governor for approval.
The House Higher Education Committee will have a 10 a.m. work session about the effects of proposed budget cuts for community and technical colleges. It follows a similar work session Wednesday about budget cuts at four-year institutions.
The Senate Natural Resources and Marine Waters Committee will hear House Bill 1294, which would create a Puget Sound Corps branch of the Washington Conservation Corps.
The Senate Government Operations, Tribal Relations and Elections Committee will hold a hearing on House Bill 1150, which would require state agencies to give small businesses a longer grace period before they impose a penalty for rule-breaking. The proposal, by Rep. Norma Smith, R-Clinton, is one of several ideas House Republicans are pushing in an effort to create jobs.
The House State Government and Tribal Affairs Committee is scheduled to hold a hearing and a vote on Senate Bill 5124, which would shift Washington to an entirely vote-by-mail elections system. Pierce is the only county that still has in-person polling places.
The committee will also hear Senate Bill 5171, which would move up the date by which ballots must be sent to overseas to voters in the armed services.