“We have a long, hard road ahead of us.”
– U.S. Sen. Patty Murray on her effort to revise the federal No Child Left Behind education law. The Democrat spoke to reporters Tuesday while visiting the Capitol Campus.
The Senate Transportation Committee heard eight proposals that make up part of the Senate’s proposed transportation package. The bills heard by the committee Tuesday mostly dealt with reforming the way the state Department of Transportation does business.
WEDNESDAY IN THE LEGISLATURE
House Bill 1739 would eliminate the death penalty in Washington 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 an 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 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.
THURSDAY IN THE LEGISLATURE
Senators will hear public testimony on a proposal to expand the University of Washington’s multistate medical education program in Spokane with more medical and dental students. Senate Bill 5909 will have a hearing before the Senate Health Care Committee at its 10 a.m. meeting in Hearing Room 4 of the John A. Cherberg Building.
House members will have a hearing on a proposed amendment to the state Constitution that would allow the use of money from the state’s rainy-day fund in certain cases after a breach of information technology systems. House Joint Resolution 4203 will be heard by the House Appropriations Committee, which meets at 3:30 p.m. in Hearing Room A of the John L. O’Brien Building.