Good morning. Today is Friday, the 75th day of the 105-day session.
Sen. Ed Murray, D-Seattle, introduced 22 title-only bills, or mostly blank bills that have only a brief description of what they do. Legislators introduce them so they have a vehicle for carrying out budget negotiations without missing deadlines, but they have drawn criticism from open-government advocates because it is difficult for the public to tell what the proposals would do.
The governor signed House Bill 1846, which establishes low-interest loans for students in aerospace training programs.
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Today is the deadline for voting opposite-chamber policy bills out of committee, meaning Senate committees have to pass bills that were sent to them by the House, and House committees have to pass bills sent to them by the Senate. Budget-related bills get more time.
The Senate Labor, Commerce and Consumer Protection Committee is scheduled to vote on Senate Bill 5907, which would implement some of the recommendations from a study of the circumstances that led to the January death of corrections officer Jayme Biendl in Monroe.
On Monday, the governor and representatives from the National Institute of Corrections announced the recommendations, which include improving alarm systems and giving guards pepper spray.
The House and Senate are scheduled to have floor sessions starting at 9 a.m. in the House and 10 a.m. in the Senate.