“We can do this. We should do this. We have to do this. People who work for a living ought to be able to make a living.”
– Rep. Ross Hunter, D-Medina, on why the House should pass House Bill 1355 to raise the state minimum wage to $12 over a period of four years.
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The House passed a bill that will raise the state’s minimum wage to $12 over a four-year period, on a 51-46 vote. The bill now heads to the Senate.
WEDNESDAY IN THE LEGISLATURE
There are no hearings scheduled in the Senate this week.
The House has a hearing on House Bill 1769, which would provide a business and occupation tax credit for high-tech companies that perform research and development. The House Committee on Economic and Development hears the bill at 8 a.m. in Hearing Room C of the John L. O’Brien Building.
The House will also have a hearing on House Bill 2136, which would share marijuana tax revenue with city and county governments, and make other changes to the way recreational and medical marijuana are taxed. The bill has a hearing before the House Committee on Finance at 6 p.m. in Hearing Room A of the John L. O’Brien Building.
THURSDAY IN THE LEGISLATURE
The House will hear Senate Bill 5156, which passed the Senate last week on a 42-6 vote. The legislation would make realtors disclose information about defective elevators, wheelchair lifts and other conveyances in residential property transactions. The House Committee on Business and Financial Services will hear the bill in Hearing Room B of the John L. O’Brien Building at 8 a.m.
The House Committee on Early Learning and Human Services will have a work session to discuss plans for funding substance abuse programs through revenue raised through Initiative 502, which legalized recreational marijuana use and sales. The session is at 8 a.m. in Hearing Room E of the John L. O’Brien Building.
ELSEWHERE ON CAMPUS
The Washington State Arts Alliance is bringing supporters to the Capitol to speak with lawmakers about arts and heritage issues as well as cultural concerns of communities and schools. The group will meet in the Columbia Room at 8 a.m. Wednesday.