Politics & Government

Legislature: Day 52 for Wednesday, March 2

Good morning. Today is Wednesday, day 52 of a 105-day legislative session.

BILLS INTRODUCED

Sen. Ed Murray, D-Seattle, introduced Senate Bill 5860 at the request of the Office of Financial Management. The measure would reduce salaries for most state employees by 3 percent for the 2011-13 biennium.

FLOOR SESSION

During floor session Tuesday, the Senate passed Senate Bill 5023, which would prohibit anyone who is not licensed to practice law from advising people about immigration rules for compensation.

The Senate also passed Senate Bill 5439, which would add to the damages that an oil company responsible for a spill could be liable for and Senate Bill 5436, which would phase out copper-based bottom paint for boats.

The House passed House Bill 1542, which would make it illegal to have tools meant for stealing motorcycles, and House Bill 1145, which would make it a Class-C felony to steal mail.

TODAY

The House Judiciary Committee will hear Substitute Senate Bill 5326, which would increase the penalties for people who drive negligently and in so doing substantially injure a pedestrian or bicyclist.

Bills still on the calendar in the Senate that could come up for a vote include Senate Bill 5366, which would allow four-wheel drive, all-terrain vehicles on public roads under some conditions, and Senate Bill 5407, which would require that undocumented immigrants get driver’s licenses marked “not valid for identification.”

In the House, bills still on the calendar include House Bill 1202, which would allow sampling at liquor stores, and House Bill 1649, which would recognize same-sex marriages from other states as state-registered domestic partnerships in Washington.

Home care-givers and the people they serve are scheduled to hold a march and a rally the Capitol campus to protest budget cuts to home-care services. The event is organized by Arc of Washington, an advocacy group, and begins at 12:15 p.m.

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