Good morning. Today is Tuesday, Aprill 12, day 93 of a 105-day session.
Gov. Chris Gregoire signed several bills into law, including House Bill 1412, which allows high school students in the classes of 2013 and 2014 to meet graduation requirements by passing one math end-of-course assessment rather than two.
She also signed House Bill 1016, which allows people to use silencers on guns in Washington as long as they are in compliance with federal law.
The Senate passed Senate Bill 5742, which would add a 25-cent surcharge to all ferry fares and use the money to pay for new vessels, and House Bill 1516, which would limit the benefits that ferry workers can negotiate through collective bargaining and require the ferry system to meet certain performance standards.
The Senate also approved House Bill 1635, which would allow drivers education programs to administer driver licensing tests. The exams are currently offered only by the Department of Licensing.
State senators are scheduled to release their version of the state operating budget at about 6 p.m. and are also planning to unveil a capital budget proposal. The House released its version of both budgets last week.
Tuesday is the cutoff for voting on opposite-house policy bills, though budget bills will get more time. That means the Senate will have to pass House bills and the House will have to pass Senate bills by 5 p.m.