Good morning. Today is Tuesday, day 30 of a 105-day session.
Rep. Chris Reykdal, D-Tumwater, and Sen. Sharon Nelson introduced bills that would increase fees and regulations for filing initiatives. House Bill 1668 and Senate Bill 5297 would allow the Secretary of State to raise filing fees for initiatives to cover the administrative costs of processing them and would require paid signature gatherers to be registered in the state.
Sen. Bob Morton, R-Kettle Falls, introduced Senate Bill 5683, which would allow the governing bodies of cities with a population less than 7,500 to impose sales and use taxes.
Sen. Kevin Ranker, D-San Juan Islands, introduced Senate Bill 5698, which would narrow the circumstances under which a non-resident can be exempted from paying sales tax in the state and use that money to pay for the ferry system and other transportation costs.
Rep. Larry Seaquist, D-Gig Harbor, introduced House Bill 1863, which would appropriate money to Western Washington University to coordinate a program to help veterans find out about and use educational benefits to pay for college. A companion bill, Senate Bill 5608, was introduced by Sen. Derek Kilmer, also a Gig Harbor Democrat.
Rep. Hans Dunshee, D-Snohomish, introduced House Bill 1850, which would create the Department of Conservation and Recreation by consolidating several existing state agencies. The bill, requested by Gov. Chris Gregoire, is a companion to Senate Bill 5669.
House Bill 1000, which would allow overseas and service voters to get and return ballots via fax or e-mail had a first reading in the Senate. It already passed the House.
State representatives voted 90-0 to pass House Bill 1280, which allows public hospitals in the state to accept gifts and hold fundraisers. Current law only allows county hospitals to do so.
The House Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Committee will hold a hearing on House Bill 1550, Rep. Mary Lou Dickerson’s proposal to legalize and tax marijuana. A similar bill introduced last session by the Seattle Democrat did not make it out of committee.
The House Education Committee will hold a hearing on House Bill 1607, which would authorize the Superintendent of Public Instruction to cut up to three school days from the 2011-12 school year if there are unforeseen, midyear cuts to schools’ budgets.
The Senate Higher Education and Workforce Development Committee will hold a hearing on Senate Bill 5442, which would allow universities to set up a 3-year bachelor’s degree program for academically qualified students.
The House Environment Committee will hold a hearing on House Bill 1721, which would ban the use of coal-tar paving sealants. The sealants contain toxins called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and have been found to damage aquatic ecosystems and cause tumors in fish.
The committee will also have a hearing on House Bill 1186, which would add to the oil spill planning that tankers in Puget Sound have to use and could have a hearing and a vote on House Bill 1489, which would limit when and where people can use fertilizer that contains phosphorous.
The Senate Financial Institutions, Housing and Insurance Committee is scheduled to hold a hearing on Senate Bill 5482, which would allow the Commerce Department to use affordable housing money to house victims of human trafficking and their families.
The Senate Human Services and Corrections Committee will hold a hearing on Senate Bill 5545, which would allow police to record conversations with the consent of just one of the people talking if they have probable cause to believe that it has to do with the commercial sexual exploitation of a minor.
The Senate Labor, Commerce and Consumer Protection Committee will hold hearings on two bills changing alcohol rules in the state; one, Senate Bill 5150, would allow sampling in liquor stores and the other, Senate Bill 5650, would allow craft distilleries to sell bottles of spirits at farmers markets.
The House Transportation Committee will hold a hearing on House Bill 1017, which would require a 12-hour impound on vehicles belonging to people who are arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The bill was referred to transportation after passing the House Judiciary Committee. A companion bill, Senate Bill 5000, is scheduled for a vote in the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Compiled by Katie Schmidt