Lawmakers held their second day of testimony on Gov. Jay Inslee’s proposal to create a cap-and-trade system aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions. House Bill 1314 would set up a carbon pollution market through the Department of Ecology while setting limits on carbon emissions for the state’s top polluters. Under the bill, businesses and government entities that emit at least 25,000 metric tons of carbon pollution per year would be required to buy pollution allowances from the state.
THURSDAY IN THE LEGISLATURE
The House Environment Committee will hear testimony on legislation that would try to protect the state’s waterways from pollution from synthetic plastic microbeads, which are commonly used as an exfoliant in bath products. House Bill 1378 would phase out personal care products that contain the microbeads, and eventually ban such products entirely by 2020. The hearing will be at 8 a.m. in Hearing Room B of the John L. O’Brien Building.
A bill that would require public schools to teach students about the history of Native American tribes in Washington will receive a hearing before the Senate Early Learning and K-12 Education Committee. Senate Bill 5433 would direct schools to collaborate with federally recognized tribes in Washington state to develop curricula about tribal culture, government and history. The hearing will happen at 8 a.m. in Hearing Room 1 of the John A. Cherberg Building.
FRIDAY IN THE LEGISLATURE
A bill to legalize fantasy sports leagues in Washington will receive a hearing at 8 a.m. Friday before the Senate Commerce and Labor Committee. Senate Bill 5284 would classify fantasy sports contests as games of skill that aren’t subject to prohibitions on gambling. The hearing is at 8 a.m. in Hearing Room 1 of the John A. Cherberg Building.
A plan to fine child pornographers an extra $1,000 for every exploitative image they take of a minor will receive a hearing in the House Public Safety Committee. The fines established under House Bill 1281 would be assessed on top of other criminal penalties, and would help pay for investigating and prosecuting producers of child pornography. The hearing will occur at 11 a.m. in Hearing Room D of the John L. O’Brien Building.
ELSEWHERE ON CAMPUS
The Lifelong AIDS Alliance is organizing AIDS Action and Awareness Day at the Capitol Thursday. Participants will meet at 8:30 a.m. in the Columbia Room of the Legislative Building.