Politics & Government

Under the dome for March 15

Hello, today is March 15, the 67th day of the 105-day 2007 Legislature.

Noteworthy

n Small-business owners from around the state will gather today at the Capitol to highlight their needs compared with those of bigger companies.

There will be a noon luncheon with addresses from lawmakers from all four legislative caucuses and a 1:30 p.m. address from Gov. Chris Gregoire. Registration starts at 9:30 a.m. in the Columbia Room.

Coming up

n The mystery of who will have a hearing on an audit of the state Motor Pool is over.

Spokesmen for the House Appropriations Subcommittee on General Government and Audit Review say they scheduled the hearing for 1:30 p.m. March 22 in the O'Brien House Hearing Room B.

The state auditor recently finished auditing the Motor Pool, the first agency examined as part of the performance-audit mandate of Initiative 900, approved by voters in 2005. The audit found the vehicle-management agency in the Department of General Administration could save $1.5 million by selling off more than 100 underused vehicles.

The Joint Legislative Audit Review Committee originally planned to hold the hearing, but it had little advance notice, and both state Auditor Brian Sonntag and initiative promoter Tim Eyman criticized the venue.

Hearings

Here are a few of the committee hearings and work sessions scheduled for today in the Legislature. House committee hearings are in the John L. O'Brien Building. Senate committee hearings are in the John A. Cherberg Building.

House

Commerce & Labor: 8 a.m. public hearing on SB 5635, revising provisions relating to limitations on polygraph tests, HHR-C.

Health Care & Wellness: 10 a.m. public hearing on ESSB 5297, providing medically and scientifically accurate sexual-health education in schools, HHR-A.

Transport: 3:30 p.m. public hearing on SSB 5391, modifying photo enforcement of traffic-infraction provisions, HHR-B.

Senate

Human Services & Corrections: 8 a.m. public hearing on SB 1431, changing certificate of discharge requirements, SHR-1.

Labor, Commerce, Research & Development: 3:30 p.m. public hearing on SHB 1215, prohibiting the sale, purchase or use of alcohol-vaporizing devices, SHR-4.

TVW

Some of the hearings are aired on TVW, the state public-affairs network that airs locally on Channel 23.

8 a.m.: House Education public hearing on ESSB 5450, participation in high school graduation ceremonies.

Compiled by Kurt Ackerson

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