Politics & Government

Under the Dome: Tuesday, April 14, the 93rd day of the 105-day legislative session


“This would be a dramatic expansion of where you could smuggle or sneak alcohol.”

– Rep. Chris Hurst, D-Enumclaw, urging the state House to approve a ban on the sale and use of powdered alcohol, a product that can be mixed with water to create alcoholic beverages. The House passed the Senate Bill 5292 on a 91-6 vote Monday.


The state Senate adopted a resolution Monday recognizing the 25th anniversary of the founding of several branch campuses of the University of Washington and Washington State University. Senate Resolution 8663 honored UW Tacoma, UW Bothell, WSU Tri-Cities, WSU Spokane and WSU Vancouver.

House Democrats released their proposed transportation package Monday. Like the plan already proposed by the Senate, the House plan would raise the state’s gas tax by 11.7 cents per gallon to help fund transportation projects throughout the state.


The House and Senate will convene for floor action in advance of Wednesday’s cutoff deadline for the House and Senate to approve policy bills from the opposite chamber. The Senate will start at 9 a.m., while the House will begin at 10 a.m.

The House Public Safety Committee will hold a public hearing on legislation that would make driving under the influence a felony if a person has three prior drunken driving convictions. The hearing on Senate Bill 5105 will take place at 8:30 a.m. in Hearing Room D of the John L. O’Brien Building.

The House Transportation Committee is expected to vote on the House’s proposed transportation package when it meets at 6 p.m. The meeting will take place in Hearing Room B of the John L. O’Brien Building.

No Senate committees are scheduled to meet Tuesday.


Wednesday at 5 p.m. marks the deadline for the House and Senate to vote on policy bills that came to them from the opposing chamber. As such, both chambers have scheduled floor action in the morning, with the House convening at 10 a.m. and the Senate at 9 a.m.

Bills that relate to the state budget are exempt from Wednesday’s cutoff deadline and can advance at any point later in the session.


Senate Bill 6098 would change the process by which the governor’s budget office certifies whether labor contracts negotiated with state worker unions are financially feasible – a prerequisite for forwarding the contracts to the Legislature for final approval. Under the proposal sponsored by Sen. John Braun, R-Centralia, the state would need to be able to cover the cost of state worker contracts within existing revenues, without raising taxes, for the Office of Financial Management to certify the contracts as financially feasible.