Morning update: Session Day 43

Staff reportsFebruary 24, 2014 

The Washington state Legislative Building shown in a June 2013 file photo.

STEVE BLOOM — The Olympian

Senate leaders have a tentative plan to release a budget proposal Monday.

The plan comes from the mostly Republican majority in the Senate and would update the two-year budget passed last year. But Republican budget writers have voiced ambivalence over whether a budget is even needed this year.

Elsewhere:

Legislation concerning Alzheimer’s disease will be heard in the House Health Care and Wellness Committee at 1:30 p.m.. Sponsored by Sen. Karen Keiser, D-Kent, Senate Bill 6124 would task the Department of Social and Health Services with creating a work group to study the impact of Alzheimer’s in Washington. 

The House Transportation Committee will hold a hearing on Senate Bill 5141 at 3:30 p.m. Introduced by Sen. Curtis King, R-Yakima, the legislation would allow motorcyclists to proceed through certain red lights if the traffic controls are triggered by weight.

House Bill 2329, sponsored by Rep. Marcus Riccelli, D-Spokane, will have a 10 a.m. hearing in the Senate Health Care Committee. The legislation would create a breastfeeding-friendly designation in Washington for hospitals and employers that promote breastfeeding. 

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