Politics & Government

Under the Dome: Wednesday, March 25, the 73rd day of the 105-day legislative session

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.

THURSDAY IN THE LEGISLATURE

A House panel will hear testimony on a proposal to require that fines levied against professional athletes be donated to charity. The hearing for House Bill 1877 will take place before the House Business and Financial Services Committee, which will meet at 10 a.m. in Hearing Room B of the John L. O’Brien Building.

The Senate Government Operations and Security Committee will hear several proposals related to voting and elections, including a measure to allow 16- and 17-year-olds to preregister to vote. That proposal, House Bill 1294, will have a public hearing at 10 a.m. in Hearing Room 2 of the John A. Cherberg Building.

The House Transportation Committee will hold hearings on the Senate’s proposed transportation revenue package (Senate Bill 5987) and the Senate’s proposed transportation spending plan (Senate Bill 5988). The hearings will take place at 3:30 p.m. in Hearing Room B of the John L. O’Brien Building.

ELSEWHERE ON CAMPUS

About 200 people are expected to attend Employment For All Advocacy Day, which will include a rally in the Legislative rotunda from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday. Participants in the event, including employment service providers from the Community Employment Alliance, will lobby for services to help the unemployed find work.

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