Good morning. Today is Tuesday, day 79 of a 105-day session.
Sen. Scott White, D-Seattle, introduced Senate Bill 5910, which would allow local governments to impose a parking tax on non-residential parking space that could be based on the number of cars, the number of stalls or the total area of a lot.
Money from the tax would be used to fund transportation costs such as streets, highways and public transit.
The Senate unanimously passed House Bill 1571, which would prohibit the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission from regulating electric-car recharging stations. The bill now goes to the governor for approval.
The Senate Transportation Committee has a hearing scheduled on House Bill 1789, a measure that would increase penalties for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs in Washington by expanding the number of cases where a driver would have to install an ignition interlock device.
In the Senate Judiciary Committee, which already passed the bill, legislators took out a provision that would have increased the minimum sentences for first-time DUI offenders.
The House Capital Budget Committee is scheduled to vote on Senate Bill 5769, a proposal that would phase out coal-fired power in Washington by the end of 2025.