“The surveys to me become suspect and they become the equivalent of sort of those self-select polls you see on the newspaper, you know: What did you think of Charlotte O’Hara’s dress? I know it wasn’t Charlotte O’Hara, but whoever. I’m so culturally sensitive and relevant and in tune these days, I’m referring to a frickin’ Civil War (character).”
– Rep. Hans Dunshee , D-Snohomish, on school districts’ reporting their classroom-space needs. (We’re pretty sure he was mixing up Scarlett O’Hara from “Gone with the Wind” and Scarlett Johansson at the Academy Awards.)
Fiscal committees, such as the House Appropriations Committee and the Senate Ways & Means Committee, are hearing bills this week that would affect the state budget. The deadline for bills to pass out of fiscal committees in their house of origin is Friday — although some bills that don’t survive Friday’s cutoff could still be revived later as part of a budget deal.
TUESDAY IN THE LEGISLATURE
The House Committee on Transportation has a hearing for House Bill 2127. The legislation would create a panel under the Traffic Safety Commission that would review all fatalities and serious injuries to pedestrians within the last year. The committee has a hearing at 1:30 p.m. in Hearing Room B of the John L O’Brien Building.
Senate Bill 5070 would require the Department of Corrections to supervise offenders sentenced to community custody for a domestic violence felony in which domestic violence was pleaded and proved. The bill has a hearing in front of the Senate Committee on Ways and Means at 1:30 p.m. in Hearing Room 4 of the J.A. Cherberg Building.
WEDNESDAY IN THE LEGISLATURE
Senate Bill 5187 would prohibit transit agencies from trying to develop new high capacity transportation systems if voters reject the plan. Under the bill, agencies would not be able to pursue the project until voters approve of it. The Senate Committee on Transportation is hearing the bill at 1:30 p.m. in Hearing Room 1 of the J.A. Cherberg Building.
Several bills in the House Committee on Transportation on Wednesday involve creating special license plates. House Bill 1227 would create a working Washington license plate that would provide funds toward workforce training programs. The hearing for the bills is at 1:30 p.m. in Hearing Room B of the John L O’Brien Building.
ELSEWHERE ON CAMPUS
The Humane Society is having a lobby day Tuesday at the Capitol to talk to lawmakers about animal protection laws. The group is meeting at 8 a.m. in the General Administration Auditorium.