Good morning. Today is Tuesday, day 79 of a 105-day session.
Sen. Scott White, D-Seattle, introduced Senate Bill 5910, which would allow local governments to impose a parking tax on non-residential parking space that could be based on the number of cars, the number of stalls or the total area of a lot.
Money from the tax would be used to fund transportation costs such as streets, highways and public transit.
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The Senate unanimously passed House Bill 1571, which would prohibit the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission from regulating electric-car recharging stations. The bill now goes to the governor for approval.
The Senate Transportation Committee has a hearing scheduled on House Bill 1789, a measure that would increase penalties for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs in Washington by expanding the number of cases where a driver would have to install an ignition interlock device.
In the Senate Judiciary Committee, which already passed the bill, legislators took out a provision that would have increased the minimum sentences for first-time DUI offenders.
The House Capital Budget Committee is scheduled to vote on Senate Bill 5769, a proposal that would phase out coal-fired power in Washington by the end of 2025.