Good morning. Today is Wednesday, day 10 of a 105-day session.
• Rep. Larry Haler proposed a constitutional amendment that would require a three-fifths majority in the Legislature to raise taxes. The proposal comes in response to a series of voter-approved initiatives, including Initiative 1053, requiring a two-thirds majority to raise taxes.
• Sen. Paull Shin introduced a bill that would allow school board-approved advertising on school buses to raise money for schools’ general funds.
• Sen. Scott White introduced a bill that would limit when and where people may use fertilizers containing phosphorous on their lawns and gardens. Phosphorous in runoff can pollute lakes and streams.
• Rep. Steve Tharinger introduced a bill that would consolidate the Washington Conservation Corps into the Ecology Department and create a Puget Sound Corps focused on sound cleanup. Sen. Kevin Ranker introduced a companion bill.
• Rep. Eileen Cody introduced a bill that would regulate tobacco by prohibiting stores from displaying tobacco products in a place directly accessible to consumers and making non-tobacco-flavored tobacco products and smokeless tobacco tablets illegal, unless they are products to help people stop smoking.
• Rep. Bob Hasegawa introduced a bill that would create a state public trust fund to be used to stabilize and grow Washington’s economy.
• The House Ways and Means Committee will hold an executive session on the supplemental budget appropriations proposed Tuesday by Rep. Ross Hunter. The bill would cut $216.5 million in state spending to address part of the budget shortfall for the fiscal year that ends on June 30.
• The House Committee on Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness will hold a hearing on a bill that would bolster penalties for gang-related activity.
• The House Committee on State Government and Tribal Affairs will hold a hearing on several bills, including one that would allow beer and wine tasting at farmers markets and one that would make it harder for legislators to add emergency clauses to bills, a practice lawmakers can use to make laws go into effect more quickly.
• The Senate Health and Long Term Care Committee is scheduled to hold hearings or executive session on seven bills relating to long-term care, in-home care and occupational therapy, among other things.
• The Senate Natural Resources and Marine Waters Committee will hold hearings on two bills that would extend invasive species control efforts in the state.