Good morning. Today is Monday, April 4, the 85th day of the 105-day session.
Rep. David Taylor, R-Moxee, introduced House Bill 2045, which would remove a property tax exemption for some land owned by state tribes, change fuel tax provisions that apply to gas sales on tribal lands, and require tribes to give 30 percent of tax revenue from cigarette sales to the state. Together, the changes would bring in about $110 million, according to a statement released by House Republicans.
Rep. Christine Rolfes, D-Poulsbo, introduced House Bill 2047, which would set aside sales tax money that the ferry system usually pays into the state general fund to pay for the rest of a ferry boat, half of which was budgeted for in the two-year House transportation budget.
The House passed Senate Bill 5307, a proposal that would count military experience and training toward licensing requirements for some medical professionals including physical therapists, physician assistants and emergency medical technicians.
The House also passed Senate Bill 5326, which would increase the penalties for negligent drivers who hit a pedestrian or bicyclist; Senate Bill 5242, which would prohibit motorcyclist profiling by police; and Senate Bill 5232, which would allow banks to hold drawings and give prizes to people who have savings accounts.
The Senate passed House Bill 1181, which would establish a state board to oversee licensing and education requirements for naturopathic medicine in the state.
The House is scheduled to release its version of the long-awaited, two-year state operating budget today. Legislators will have a public hearing on the proposal at 3:30 p.m. in House Hearing Room A.
The House is scheduled for floor session starting at 9 a.m., and the Senate is scheduled to start floor session at noon.
The American Diabetes Association is holding Diabetes Day at the Legislative Building, and Washington teachers are delivering a petition to legislators asking them to cut mandatory high school tests and use the money to reduce class sizes in elementary schools.
Members of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union plan to gather on overpasses around the state holding signs saying “We are one” to mark the anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination.