Good morning. Today is Wednesday, the 93rd day of the 105-day session.
On the final day to vote on opposite-house policy bills, the Senate approved House Bill 1418, which would count military training and experience toward professional licensing requirements for engineers, architects, private investigators and others.
The Senate also passed House Bill 1000, which would allow overseas and service voters to get their ballots by fax or email, and House Bill 1267, which would establish presumed parentage for same-sex domestic partners if they live with a child from birth to age 2.
The House approved a bill that would let King County add a $20 vehicle registration fee to pay for projects to reduce traffic congestion.
The Senate Ways and Means Committee is scheduled to have a public hearing on the House budget bill, House Bill 1087, at 2:30 p.m. The Senate released Tuesday its proposal for funding state programs and handling a $5.1 billion budget shortfall over the upcoming biennium.
The House Transportation Committee is scheduled to vote on Senate Bill 5251, which would add a licensing fee to electric vehicles to make up for the fact that they don’t use gasoline, thus allowing their owners to avoid state gas taxes.
The committee also is scheduled to vote on Senate Bill 5846, which would give older teachers a monthly stipend to help them pay for health insurance if they retire over the summer. The proposal’s primary sponsor, Sen. Lisa Brown, has said that doing so would open up employment opportunities for young teachers.
The House Ways and Means Committee is scheduled to hear House Bill 2033, which would fund state museums by consolidating heritage programs and taking money from other projects. The committee also is scheduled to have hearings on Senate Bill 5119, which would cancel the 2012 presidential primary, and Senate Bill 5907, which would add safety measures to state prisons in response to the January killing of corrections officer Jayme Biendl by an inmate at Monroe Correctional Complex.
The Arthritis Foundation is hosting Arthritis Awareness Day, the Washington Cattlemen’s Association is hosting a barbecue on the Capitol Campus, and a Navy band performance is scheduled to begin at noon in the Rotunda of the Legislative Building.