Rep. Drew MacEwen, R-Union, filed legislation to direct fines levied against pro athletes in the state to local charities, rather than league headquarters. MacEwen said his bill was prompted in part by recent fines against Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch.
MacEwen said he knows the state doesn’t really have any authority over the actions of the National Football League, which is based in New York. He said he introduced his bill mainly to send a message that league officials may be acting hypocritically by not dealing with the media directly regarding serious issues such as domestic violence, and then fining Lynch large amounts “because he won’t talk about a game.”
MacEwen said it would be nice to see some of that NFL fine money go back to local communities, too.
FRIDAY IN THE LEGISLATURE
A bill to legalize fantasy sports leagues in Washington will receive a hearing at 8 a.m. Friday before the Senate Commerce and Labor Committee. Senate Bill 5284 would classify fantasy sports contests as games of skill that aren’t subject to prohibitions on gambling. The hearing will take place at 8 a.m. in Hearing Room 1 of the John A. Cherberg Building.
A plan to fine child pornographers an extra $1,000 for every exploitative image they take of a minor will receive a hearing in the House Public Safety Committee. The fines established under House Bill 1281 would be assessed on top of other criminal penalties, and would help pay for investigating and prosecuting producers of child pornography. The hearing will occur at 11 a.m. in Hearing Room D of the John L. O’Brien Building.
MONDAY IN THE LEGISLATURE
Senate Bill 5140 aims to allow more young people to take advantage of motor-voter laws by allowing youth who are at least 16 years old to preregister to vote when applying for a driver’s license, ID card or license renewal. The Senate Committee on Government Operations and Security will hear the bill at 10 a.m. Monday in Room 2 of the J.A. Cherberg Building.
House Bill 1562 concerns allergens in school food. The measure would require all public schools to display allergen information for all food being served on a clear sign to notify students with food allergies. The House Committee on Education will hear the bill Monday at 1:30 p.m. in Room B of the John L. O’Brien Building.
ELSEWHERE ON CAMPUS
The Employment Security Department is planning a Seahawks rally on the steps of the Washington State Department of Transportation Friday at 12:12 p.m.
Another Seahawks rally will be held at noon Friday on the north steps of the state Legislative Building. The “moment of loudness,” proclaimed by Gov. Jay Inslee, will be repeated at noon Saturday and again at noon Sunday.