Morning update: Session Day 11

Staff reportsJanuary 23, 2014 

UPDATE: Rep. Jessyn Farrell, D-Seattle, plans to roll out a proposed increase in the minimum wage to $12 on Thursday, an increase of nearly $3 over three years.

It's possible some high-profile proposals could receive votes Thursday in the House Health Care Committee. One would merge the medical marijuana system with the recreational marijuana system. Another requires insurance companies to cover abortion if they cover maternity care.

A proposal to create a tax stamp system to track sales of recreational marijuana will receive a hearing at 10 a.m. before the House Committee on Government Accountability and Oversight. House Bill 2411 is sponsored by Democratic Rep. Sharon Wylie of Vancouver.

A bill sponsored by Sen. Sharon Brown, R-Kennewick, would prohibit public agencies from charging a fee for making public documents available for scanning. The law would also prohibit public agencies from charging anything above the actual cost of scanning when providing scanned copies of documents to the public. Senate Bill 6059 will be heard at 10 a.m. before the Senate Governmental Operations Committee.

The House Education Committee will hold a hearing on House Bill 2181, which would implement a 24-credit graduation requirement for high school students starting with the class of 2019. The hearing will take place at 10 a.m.

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