Good morning. Today is Friday, the 61st day of the 105-day session.
Rep. Marko Liias, D-Mukilteo, introduced House Bill 2016, which would allow the governing bodies of local public-transportation agencies to impose a vehicle license fee, gas tax or vehicle excise tax if voters approve it.
On Monday, the Senate passed a related bill, Senate Bill 5457, that would let public-transit authorities impose a $20 vehicle-registration fee and use that money for projects to reduce traffic congestion. That measure would apply only to King County.
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A new caseload forecast, or estimate of how many people will use state government programs, comes out today. The forecast will give state lawmakers a better idea of how to appropriate money for the biennial budget.
The Senate Higher Education and Workforce Development Committee will hold a hearing on House Bill 1221, which would require colleges and universities to let students who miss class for military service do makeup work later.
The House Environment Committee is scheduled to vote on Senate Bill 5230, the Senate version of a bill to set up a Puget Sound Corps. The House version, House Bill 1294, had a Senate committee hearing Thursday.
The committee also will have a hearing on Senate Bill 5436, which would phase out bottom paint for boats that contain copper.
The Washington Federation of State Employees is holding a higher-education lobby day starting at 9 a.m., and a group called the Latino Educational Achievement Project is coming to Olympia to meet with legislators.