Politics & Government

Under the Dome: Saturday, Feb. 8, the 27th day of the 60-day legislative session


“It’s important to recognize who actually runs this committee: our clerk.”

Rep. Ross Hunter, D-Medina, during the House Appropriations Committee meeting Friday. Hunter is chairman of the committee, which is busy hearing legislation in anticipation of the upcoming fiscal legislation cutoff Tuesday.


The House passed a variety of bills Friday, including a proposal to modify procedures for the collection of unpaid wages. Introduced by Rep. Tami Green, D-Lakewood, the measure passed with a 92-2 vote, with four members reported excused from voting.


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 anywhere on tickets and promotional materials rather than only on the back, as current law requires. It also would allow 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. by the House Transportation Committee in Hearing Room B of the John L. O’Brien Building.


Most fiscal committees in the House and Senate will meet in a last-minute effort to approve bills before those committees. Any bill not out voted out of a fiscal committee by 5 p.m. will no longer be considered this session.


Rabbis from the Washington Coalition of Rabbis will hold a memorial service Monday on the Capitol Campus in memory of those who have died as a result of gun violence. The rabbis will perform a yizkor service at the sundial between the John A. Cherberg and John L. O’Brien buildings at noon.

Gov. Jay Inslee will address advocates from Latino Civic Alliance at noon Monday under the Rotunda in the Legislative Building. Members of the alliance will then meet with lawmakers to discuss issues such as immigration, health care and education.