Morning update: Session Day 45

Staff reportsFebruary 26, 2014 

Legislature legislative building

In this photo taken Jan. 9, 2014, the Legislative Building at the Washington state Capitol in Olympia, Wash., is shown as rain falls on the sundial in the foreground.


House leaders will unveil their proposed supplemental budget at noon, two days after the Senate released its plan. The House Appropriations Committee has scheduled a 6 p.m. hearing on the budget.


Senate Bill 6547, sponsored by Moses Lake Republican Sen. Janea Holmquist Newbry, will be the subject of a 1:30 p.m. hearing before the Senate Committee on Commerce and Labor. The bill would reduce the state excise tax on liquor.

The House Higher Education Committee will hold a work session on how to better serve adults in higher education. The meeting is scheduled for 1:30 p.m.

After passing unanimously out of the Senate, Senate Bill 5956 will be heard in the House Judiciary Committee. Sponsored by Sen. Brian Hatfield, D-Raymond, the legislation would allow for the possession and transfer of short-barrel rifles, so long as they are legally registered under federal law. The hearing is scheduled for 3:30 p.m.

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