Good morning. Today is Thursday, the 46th day of the 105-day session.
Sen. Debbie Regala, D-Tacoma, introduced Senate Bill 5853, which would require that the superintendent of public instruction establish a child abuse-prevention program to be incorporated into the curricula at state schools.
The Senate passed Senate Bill 5232, which would allow banks to hold drawings and give prizes to people who have savings accounts. The bill’s sponsor, Sen. Derek Kilmer, D-Gig Harbor, said it would help with the state’s economic recovery by encouraging saving.
The following events are scheduled, although heavy snowfall could result in cancellations.
The Senate Ways and Means Committee is scheduled to hear a long list of bills, including Senate Bill 5275, which would set up a foreclosure-mediation process; Senate Bill 5136, under which the state could partner with an online, nonprofit university; and Senate Bill 5182, which would eliminate the state’s Higher Education Coordinating Board.
The Senate Transportation Committee will hear Senate Bill 5847, which would create an advisory committee on railroad safety.
On the Capitol Campus, the League of Women Voters is holding a daylong event, the Service Employees International Union is hosting “Purple Presence” day and the American Massage Therapy Association is having Massage Awareness Day.
During floor session, the Senate could vote on Senate Bill 5307, which would set up a process for counting military training toward licensing requirements in some professions, and Senate Bill 5326, which would increase the penalties a driver would face for hurting or killing a pedestrian or bicyclist.
The Secretary of State’s office announced that it will display a letter written by George Washington in 1777 in honor of the first president’s birthday Tuesday. The letter will be on public display in the secretary’s office in the Legislative Building from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.