Morning update: Session Day 16

Staff reportsJanuary 28, 2014 

Former U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords and husband Mark Kelly are expected to testify Tuesday on universal background checks for gun buyers. Giffords, a three-term Arizona Democrat, was shot and gravely wounded in January 2011 in a mass shooting during a political event that killed six people near Tucson, Ariz. The House Judiciary Committee hearing is at 1:30 p.m. on Initiative 594 and Initiative 591.

Gov. Jay Inslee will unveil details Tuesday of the extra $200 million he wants this year for schools, including where the revenue would come from and what education programs it would fund.

Inslee also will address advocates of extended health coverage at 10:45 a.m. Healthy Washington Coalition is organizing a rally where advocates will share testimony of their experience with the expansion of Medicaid.

House Bill 2457 is intended to allow for more derelict vessels to be demolished by lowering the cost of dismantling. Introduced by Rep. Drew Hansen, D-Bainbridge Island, the legislation will have a public hearing at 1:30 p.m.

The House Higher Education Committee will hold a public hearing on House Bill 2443. The legislation, introduced by Chad Magendanz, R-Issaquah, would require employment and long-term earnings data to be published for higher education degrees. The hearing will at 10 a.m.

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