Today is Tuesday, day 51 of a 105-day session.
The House passed a slew of environmental bills Monday, including House Bill 1186, which would require companies with oil tankers to invest in more spill-prevention equipment, and House Bill 1489, which would limit when and where people can use fertilizer that contains phosphorous.
The House also passed House Bill 1395, which would extend an annual $5 fee that boat-owners pay in the state to fund the removal of derelict vessels and invasive-species prevention.
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Another bill that made it through the House on Monday was House Bill 1294, which would set up a Puget Sound Corps. The bill’s companion, Senate Bill 5230 already passed the Senate.
The Senate passed Senate Bill 5307, which would count military training toward licensing requirements in some medical professions and Senate Bill 5065, which would prohibit people who have been convicted of animal cruelty from owning a similar animal for a set period of time.
The House and Senate are both scheduled to hold floor session most of the day in preparation for the March 7 deadline for voting on policy bills in their house of origin.
Bills that could come up in the Senate include Senate Bill 5231, which would require manufacturers of children’s products to assess alternatives to the materials they use if the Ecology Department determines that they could be harmful.
The Senate could also vote on Senate Bill 5407, which would require immigration status checks before issuing driver’s licenses.
In the House, bills on the floor calendar that could get a vote include House Bill 1732, which would tighten campaign finance disclosure requirements in the state and House Bill 1606, which would require all diesel sold in the state to contain 2 percent biodiesel.
Sound Alliance, a group made up of unions, education and faith-based organizations and other nonprofits is holding a lobby day in the Legislative Building.