“They leave a legacy of dedicated service that remains always in our hearts, our memories and the history of our state.”
– State Rep. Tina Orwall, D-Des Moines, speaking during a memorial service honoring more than two dozen former members of the Legislature who recently died.
The Senate and House held a joint memorial service Wednesday honoring legislators who died in the past two years. Former South Sound lawmakers who were honored during the ceremony included Tom Huff, R-Gig Harbor; Brian Sullivan, D-Tacoma; Ted Bottiger, D-Tacoma; Phyllis Erickson, D-Parkland; Roger Freeman, D-Federal Way; and Mike Carrell, R-Lakewood. The Legislature also honored former Democratic Gov. Booth Gardner. In conjunction with the ceremony, flags on the Capitol Campus flag circle were lowered for the day.
THURSDAY IN THE LEGISLATURE
Senators will hear public testimony on a proposal to expand the University of Washington’s multi-state medical education program in Spokane to add 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 when there has been 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.
FRIDAY IN THE LEGISLATURE
Most legislative policy committees are scheduling votes on multiple bills to beat Friday’s deadline to advance bills out of committee. Only two Senate committees are meeting Friday, and as of Wednesday they had yet to set their agendas.
The House Finance Committee will hear two proposals to increase accountability for tax preferences granted by the Legislature. Hearings on House Bill 2134 and House Bill 1339 will take place at 8 a.m. in Hearing Room A of the John L. O Brien Building.
A proposal to donate fines leveraged against professional athletes (such as the Seahawks’ Marshawn Lynch) to charity will receive a hearing before the House Business & Financial Services Committee. The hearing on House Bill 1877 is scheduled for 10 a.m. in Hearing Room B of the John L. O’Brien Building.