“Who you pray to and whether you pray doesn’t determine whether you’re an American.”
– Gov. Jay Inslee, at a press conference Thursday in which he made remarks regarding recent anti-Hindu and Muslim vandalism in Bothell and Kent.
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The House passed House Bill 1745, also known as the Voting Rights Act, Thursday on a party-line 52-46 vote. The bill seeks to ensure minority groups can influence local government elections. It now goes to the Senate, where on Wednesday the chamber voted to reject a move to bring the Senate version to the floor for a vote.
FRIDAY IN THE LEGISLATURE
The House has no public hearings scheduled, but its Committee on Finance intends to vote on a bill related to marijuana. House Bill 2136 would share marijuana tax revenue with city and county governments, and make other changes to the way recreational and medical marijuana are taxed. The committee meets at noon in Hearing Room A of the John L. O’Brien Building.
MONDAY IN THE LEGISLATURE
Senate committees have not scheduled any committee meetings Monday.
In the House, the Committee on Business and Financial Services will meet to hear and possibly vote on Senate bills that have passed the Senate. The committee will have a public hearing on Senate Bill, which passed the Senate on a unanimous vote. The bill prohibits locksmiths from misrepresenting their geographic location to customers. The hearing on the bill is at 8 a.m. in Hearing Room B of the John L. O’Brien Building.
ELSEWHERE ON CAMPUS
The Digital Public Schools Alliance of Washington will talk to lawmakers Friday about the importance of families having the choice to enroll their students into online public schools. The event is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Legislative Building.