Politics & Government

Under the dome: Today is Thursday, January 23, the 11th day of the 60-day legislative session.


The House approved a measure Wednesday that would ban six chemical flame retardants from household furniture and children’s products such as strollers and changing pads. The proposed law passed by 72-25 and now goes to the Senate.


A proposal to create a tax stamp system to track sales of recreational marijuana will receive a hearing at 10 a.m. before the House Committee on Government Accountability and Oversight at 10 a.m. The hearing on House Bill 2411, sponsored by Democratic Rep. Sharon Wylie of Vancouver, will take place in Hearing Room E of the John L. O’Brien Building.

A bill sponsored by Sen. Sharon Brown, R-Kennewick, would prohibit public agencies from charging a fee for making public documents available for scanning. The law would also prohibit public agencies from charging anything above the actual cost of scanning when providing scanned copies of documents to the public. Senate Bill 6059 will be heard at 10 a.m. before the Senate Governmental Operations Committee, which is meeting in Hearing Room 2 of the John A. Cherberg Building.

The House Education Committee will hold a hearing on House Bill 2181, which would implement a 24-credit graduation requirement for high school students starting with the class of 2019. The hearing will take place at 10 a.m. in Hearing Room A of the John L. O’Brien Building.


The House Education Committee will meet jointly Friday with the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Education and the House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee. The committees will be briefed on environmental science education outside of the classroom.

The meeting will take place at noon in Hearing Room A of the John L. O’Brien Building.

Legislation concerning paid vacation leave will have a public hearing in the House Labor and Workforce Development Committee. House Bill 2238, proposed by Rep. Gael Tarleton, D-Seattle, would require paid vacation leave for employees who work 20 or more hours per week. The hearing is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. in Hearing Room D of the John L. O’Brien Building.


Hundreds from the Physical Therapy Association of Washington are expected to lobby lawmakers Thursday. The organization wants lawmakers to pass House Bill 2160, which would allow physical therapists to perform spinal manipulations.

Washington HIV/AIDS Community Advocacy Network will lobby lawmakers to protect funding for HIV prevention and care services. The organization partners with Lifelong AIDS Alliance to bring advocates for HIV policy to Olympia annually. More than 200 people are expected to attend this year.

Members of A Brotherhood Against Totalitarian Enactments of Washington will promote fair motorcycle legislation on the Capitol Campus on Thursday. ABATE is in favor of legislation to allow motorcycles to stop and proceed through red lights if the traffic light is vehicle-activated. Most motorcycles are not heavy or large enough to activate these signals.