Morning update: Session Day 10

Staff reportsJanuary 22, 2014 

The Senate could be gearing up for a floor fight this morning as the mostly GOP majority caucus seeks to put a Republican alongside a Democrat in charge of the banking, insurance and housing committee.

Later, there's a hearing on a proposal to reduce the size of the state Supreme Court from nine to seven. It's likely no coincidence that Spokane Republican Sen. Michael Baumgartner brought forward the basic concept right after a Supreme Court ruling last year that struck down tax restrictions, or that it's getting a hearing right after the court chided lawmakers for not putting enough money into schools. The hearing on Senate Bill 6088 starts at 1:30 p.m. in the Senate Law and Justice Committee.

The House Health Care & Wellness Committee will hold a hearing on a measure that would ban health professionals from performing gay conversion therapy on minor children. The hearing on House Bill 2451, sponsored by Rep. Marko Liias, will begin at 8 a.m.

The House Public Safety Committee will hear a measure that would require judges to set bail for people facing charges for a sexual or violent offense rather than releasing them on their own recognizance. House Bill 1171, sponsored by Rep. Chris Hurst, D-Enumclaw, will be heard at 8 a.m.

The Senate Commerce & Labor Committee will hear several bills related to worker compensation and prevailing wage practices — among them Senate Bill 6223, which aims to protect employers from incurring costs for musculoskeletal disorders caused primarily by nonwork activities, and Senate Bill 6179, which would authorize a group of employers to adopt a self-insurance plan for workers’ compensation. The bills will be heard at 1:30 p.m. 

Improving safety in oil hauling will be the focus of the House Environment Committee’s work session to discuss existing laws and programs governing oil transportation at 1:30 p.m. The committee will then hold a hearing on House Bill 2347, which aims to reduce the risk of oil spills and would require quarterly reporting of oil transport activity in the state.

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