Good morning. Today is Monday, day 71 of a 105-day session.
Rep. Chris Reykdal, D-Tumwater, introduced House Bill 2022, which would tax elective cosmetic surgery and use the money to pay for healthcare for seniors. The proposal is one of several in the legislature that would fund human services by ending sales tax exemptions, though doing so would require a two-thirds vote of the Legislature under Initiative 1053, which voters approved in November.
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The House version of the Transportation budget for the next two years is coming out today and the Transportation Committee will have a hearing on the proposal, House Bill 1175, at 3:30 p.m.
The Senate Labor, Commerce and Consumer Protection Committee is scheduled to hear House Bill 1418, a proposal that would require state agencies to set up a procedure for counting military experience and training toward licensing requirements for barbers, land surveyors and security guards, among other professions.
The House Higher Education Committee is scheduled to have a work session on Washington’s Guaranteed Education Tuition program, which allows people to buy credits toward college tuition in the future.
The committee will also have a hearing on Senate Bill 5749, which would reduce the amount that GET credits bought after July 31 could appreciate over time, a move the bill’s sponsors say is necessary to keep the program from becoming a financial liability to the state down the road.
The House State Government and Tribal Affairs Committee will have a hearing on Senate Bill 5021, which would strengthen campaign finance disclosure requirements in Washington.
The Senate Transportation Committee will hear House Bill 1635, which would authorize private driver training schools to give both the written and drive tests people are required to take to get their drivers’ licenses. Currently, the tests are offered by the Department of Licensing.
Two groups, Women’s Organization for Rational Cannabis Policy and Grammas for Ganja, are holding a petition-signing event in the Legislative Building in support of marijuana legalization.