Politics & Government

Under the Dome: Friday, Feb. 7, the 26th day of the 60-day legislative session


“I believe the 3-2-1 Plan is the common-sense solution to a policy impasse the Legislature created when it tried to put a dollar figure on the term ‘basic education.’”

Sen. Michael Baumgartner

R-Spokane, when introducing a plan Thursday to redefine basic education in Washington. The proposal would increase early-learning funding, cut higher education tuition and eliminate a class-size reduction requirement in second and third grades.


All legislation must be passed out of the appropriate policy committee by Friday. Legislation that carries a financial impact to the state budget must be passed out of fiscal committees by Tuesday to continue to be considered by the Legislature.


Legislation introduced by Rep. Eileen Cody, D-West Seattle, would limit the amount of medical marijuana patients could possess. It would also eliminate collective gardens. House Bill 2149 has a hearing at 1:30 p.m. in the House Appropriations Committee in Hearing Room A of the John L. O’Brien Building.

A bill to expand suicide prevention training to include physician assistants and registered nurses is scheduled for a committee vote. House Bill 2315, introduced by Rep. Tina Orwall, D-Des Moines, will be discussed at 8:30 a.m. in the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services in Hearing Room C of the John L. O’Brien Building.


A proposal to increase the efficiency of the state lottery will be heard in the House Appropriations Committee at 10 a.m. House Bill 2281, introduced by Rep. Brandon Vick, R-Vancouver, would allow the probability of winning to appear on tickets and advertisements in addition to allowing the director of the Washington State Lottery to report revenue annually instead of quarterly. The hearing is scheduled to take place in Hearing Room A of the John L. O’Brien Building.

House Bill 2759 would modify some requirements for ferry vessel construction. Introduced by Rep. Larry Seaquist, D-Gig Harbor, the legislation will be heard at 10 a.m. in the House Transportation Hearing in the John L. O’Brien Building.


Members of the Washington State Labor Council plan to visit the Capitol to lobby lawmakers Friday. At noon, hundreds of students from local community and technical colleges plan to rally under the rotunda in the Legislative Building.