Today is Thursday, March 31, the 81st day of the 105-day session.
The Senate passed House Bill 1150, which would give small-business owners who break a state rule a longer grace period to fix the infraction before they face penalties.
The Senate also passed House Bill 1202, which would authorize a pilot project to let state liquor stores offer samples.
THURSDAY, MARCH 31
The House State Government and Tribal Affairs Committee is scheduled to hear and vote on House Bill 2033, a proposal that would preserve funding for the state historical museums in Tacoma and Spokane by transferring funds that would have gone to construction and to consolidating several state programs into a Department of Heritage Arts and Culture.
Gov. Chris Gregoire cut funding for the museums in her biennial budget proposal.
The committee also is scheduled for a hearing and a vote on House Bill 2035, which would allow private printers to compete with the state printer for state agency printing jobs. In the Senate, a bill has been introduced that would eliminate the state printer, but it has not come up for a floor vote.
The House Ways and Means Committee is scheduled to vote on Senate Bill 5073, which would license medical marijuana dispensaries and set up a registry for medical marijuana patients.
The Senate Transportation Committee is scheduled to hear House Bill 1516, which would establish performance criteria for the Washington State Ferry System relating to passenger satisfaction, staying on schedule and cost containment, among other indicators.
If the ferry system does not meet 75 percent of the criteria in 2013, it would be required to contract out ferry management to a private management firm.
Senators heard testimony on House Bill 1997, which would extend taxes that were meant to be temporary to fund arts and other economic development in King County.
The measure would direct revenue from taxes on hotel stays, restaurants and car rentals to fund local arts and a convention center. The taxes outlined in the House bill are currently going toward paying off the Kingdome, Safeco Field and Qwest Field. The Safeco Field debt is expected to be paid within the year.
The House bill would extend the 0.5 percent restaurant tax until 2015, even if the Safeco debt is paid off. It would indefinitely extend a 2 percent car rental tax to raise revenue.
Supporters say expanding the convention center will create several thousand jobs. Opponents say lawmakers should keep their promise of ending the taxes when the stadiums are paid off.