"(I’m) checking the microphone – my grandson tried to eat it this morning, so I want to make sure it works. "
– Rep. Sam Hunt , D-Olympia, speaking on the House floor after his grandson got a hold of the microphone at his seat. Hunt and several other lawmakers brought young members of their family to the Capitol Monday.
The House passed a resolution Monday honoring Children’s Day. Several lawmakers brought their children to the Capitol as part of the celebration.
TUESDAY IN THE LEGISLATURE
Legislation that would limit the cost of college textbooks will receive a hearing before the House Higher Education Committee. House Bill 1958 would prevent colleges and universities from assigning a student a textbook that costs more than $100. Exceptions would be allowed if there is no comparable alternative that costs less, or there are no open course materials that might serve as a substitute. The public hearing will take place at 8 a.m. in Hearing Room C of the John L. O’Brien Building.
A bill that would eliminate parents’ ability to exempt their children from school vaccination requirements for personal reasons will receive a public hearing. The House Health Care and Wellness Committee will hear testimony on House Bill 2009 in Hearing Room A of the John L. O’Brien Building. The hearing will take place at 8 a.m.
The Senate Health Care Committee will consider a proposal to add post-traumatic stress disorder to the list of medical conditions that qualify patients to use medical marijuana. The hearing on Senate Bill 5379 will take place at 10 a.m. in Hearing Room 4 of the John A. Cherberg Building.
A plan to limit tuition costs at state universities to 10 percent of the state’s average wage will receive a hearing before the Senate Higher Education Committee. The hearing on Senate Bill 5954 will take place at 1:30 p.m. in Hearing Room 3 of the John A. Cherberg Building.
Various reform proposals that make up part of the Senate's proposed transportation package will be heard before the Senate Transportation Committee at 3:30 p.m. The hearings on eight transportation bills will take place in Hearing Room 1 of the John A. Cherberg Building.
WEDNESDAY IN THE LEGISLATURE
House Bill 1739 would eliminate the death penalty in Washington state in favor of a maximum sentence of life imprisonment. The legislation will receive a public hearing at 8 a.m. before the House Judiciary Committee, which will meet in Hearing Room A of the John L. O’Brien Building.
A plan for the state lottery to sell raffle tickets to help relieve traffic congestion will receive a public hearing. Senate Bill 5973 would direct the state lottery to sell special raffle tickets four times a year, with all proceeds to go into a special account dedicated to improving traffic on state highways. The hearing will take place at 1:30 p.m. before the Senate Commerce and Labor Committee, which will meet in Hearing Room 1 of the John A. Cherberg Building.
The Senate Transportation Committee will take public testimony on the Senate's transportation spending plan and the gas tax that is being proposed to pay for it. The hearings will take place at 3:30 p.m. in Hearing Room 1 of the John A. Cherberg Building.