“If a helicopter is over my house, I probably know it is there. With these unmanned aerial vehicles, you probably can’t tell.”
– Rep. Jeff Morris, D-Mount Vernon, speaking in support of House Bill 1093, which would restrict the use of drones – or unmanned aerial vehicles – by private individuals.
TUESDAY IN THE LEGISLATURE
A measure that would abolish payday loans in Washington and replace them with a new type of small consumer installment loan will receive a hearing before the House Committee on Business and Financial Services. The hearing on on Senate Bill 5899 will take place at 8 a.m. in Hearing Room B of the John L. O’Brien Building.
A plan to reduce the standard sentencing range for felony property crimes will receive a hearing in the House Public Safety Committee. Senate Bill 5755 would implement recommendations of Gov. Jay Inslee’s Justice Reinvestment Task Force, with the goal of helping limit future prison costs. The hearing on the bill will take place at 9 a.m. in Hearing Room D of the John L. O’Brien Building.
Senate Bill 6076 deals with pension benefits for retired public employees who have been convicted of a felony related to their time on the job. The measure would allow the state to garner 50 percent of a retired worker’s monthly pension payment to cover the costs of incarceration, parole, probation and restitution stemming from the crime. Another measure, Senate Bill 6077, would allow the state to terminate retirement benefits for those convicted of a felony connected to their job as a public employee. Both bills will receive a hearing at 3:30 p.m. before the Senate Ways & Means Committee, which will meet in Hearing Room 4 of the John A. Cherberg Building.
WEDNESDAY IN THE LEGISLATURE
The House Technology and Economic Development Committee will hear three measures related to nuclear power in Washington. Senate Bill 5513 would require the Department of Commerce to help coordinate the siting and manufacture of small modular nuclear reactors. Meanwhile, Senate Bill 5091 would let electric utilities count nuclear power as an alternative energy source that customers can purchase, thereby meeting the requirement that utilities offer customers alternative energy options. Senate Bill 5093 would create a nuclear energy education program for students in grades eight through 12, to be administered by the Washington State University Energy Extension program. The bills will be heard at 8 a.m. in Hearing Room C of the John L. O’Brien Building.
The Senate Commerce & Labor Committee will hear a proposal that would allow the governor to enter into agreements with federally recognized Native American tribes concerning marijuana. House Bill 2000 would pave the way for tribal marijuana compacts that could let tribes sell marijuana products that aren’t subject to state taxes. The state already has similar agreements with tribes regarding the sale of cigarettes. The measure will receive a hearing at 1:30 p.m. in Hearing Room 1 of the John A. Cherberg Building.
The Senate Ways & Means Committee will hear a proposal that would expand tax breaks for film production in Washington. Senate Bill 6027 will receive a hearing at 3:30 p.m. in Hearing Room 4 of the John A. Cherberg Building.
ELSEWHERE ON CAMPUS
Students from Kirkland’s Kamiakin Middle School will hold a band performance from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. Tuesday in the rotunda of the Legislative Building.