Today is March 30, the 80th day of the 105-day session.
Reps. Zack Hudgins, D-Tukwila, and Bob Hasegawa, D-Seattle, introduced House Bill 2039, a proposal to set up a state bank that could provide financing for businesses and public infrastructure. Earlier in the session, Hasegawa introduced a similar bill, House Bill 1320, but it never got a vote in committee.
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The Senate Ways and Means Committee is scheduled to hear Senate Bill 5639, a bill requested by the governor that would set up a state education department; Senate Bill 5622, which would add an access fee for state parks; and Senate Bill 5908, which would create a new pension plan for public employees.
The House Ways and Means Committee is scheduled to have a hearing on Senate Bill 5073, which would license medical marijuana dispensaries in Washington.
The committee is also scheduled to hear House Bill 2019, which would transfer money from a 3-cents-per-cigarette tax into the state’s general fund. Under current law, money from that tax goes mostly into an account to pay for financial aid for college students and other education costs in the state.
The House Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Committee is scheduled for a hearing and a vote on House Bill 2036, which would implement some of the recommendations from a National Institute of Corrections study of prison safety in Washington.
The study came after the January killing of corrections officer Jayme Biendl in the Monroe Correctional Complex.
The Senate Ways and Means Committee is scheduled for a hearing on its version of the bill, Senate Bill 5907.
The House Transportation Committee is scheduled to hear Senate Bill 5000, which would require police officers to impound cars belonging to people they arrest on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
The committee is also scheduled for a vote on Senate Bill 5791, which would allow private vendors to have their businesses in state Park & Ride lots through contracts with the Transportation Department.
The Arc of Washington State, an group that supports the rights of people with developmental disabilities, is holding a rally at the Legislative Building, and the Puget Sound Blood Center is having a blood drive at Office Building 2.
Sen. Mike Carrell of Lakewood is holding a telephone town hall at 7 p.m. Thursday. Residents of the 28th Legislative District who want to participate can call 1-877-229-8493 and enter access code 15388.