Good morning. Today is Tuesday, day 72 of a 105-day session.
A Bellingham group called Socialist Alternative sponsored a protest on the Capitol steps Monday. The rally was organized to protest rising tuition and cuts to higher-education funding.
The Senate unveils its proposed two-year transportation budget at 1 p.m. The House presented its proposal Monday.
Friday is the cutoff for voting opposite-house policy bills out of committee, meaning that the House must pass Senate bills out of committee and Senate committees must pass House bills in order for them to move on. Budget bills do not have the same deadline, though, so legislators will have longer to consider those.
The Senate Judiciary Committee will hear House Bill 1166, which would prevent people under the age of 21 from being charged as minors in possession of alcohol if they are seeking medical attention for someone with alcohol poisoning. It would also protect the person with alcohol poising from getting in trouble as a result of being taken to a doctor.
The House Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Committee will hear Senate Bill 5545, which would make it easier for police to get the consent they need to record conversations that could pertain to the sexual exploitation of children. The Senate Human Services and Correction Committee will have a hearing on the House version of the bill, House Bill 1874.
The Senate Environment, Water and Energy Committee will hear House Bill 1721, which would prohibit coal-tar pavement sealants in Washington. The sealants contain chemicals called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons that can wash off into the water and have been linked to cancerous tumors in fish.
Equal Rights Washington and the Religious Coalition for Equality are holding “Equality Day 2011” at the Legislative Building starting at 9 a.m.