“This bill is about more than prosecuting child pornography traffickers — it’s about rescuing children from sexual abuse.”
The Legislature has entered its last week of the 105-day regular session. Budget negotiations between the Democratic-led House and the Republican-controlled Senate stalled last week, with Senate leaders insisting that the House vote on its proposed $1.5 billion in tax increases before talks can continue. Democrats in the House have balked at the request, casting doubt on the possibility of a budget deal by Sunday.
TUESDAY IN THE LEGISLATURE
The Senate Government Operations and Security Committee will have a public hearing on a proposal to rename Office Building 2 to the Human Services Building. House Concurrent Resolution 4401 will be heard at noon in Hearing Room 2 of the J.A. Cherberg Building.
WEDNESDAY IN THE LEGISLATURE
The House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee will hearing a briefing about work being done by the Department of Ecology and the Washington Water Trust to establish water banks for rural water supply needs. The committee meets at 8 a.m. in Hearing Room B of the John L. O’Brien Building.
The House Judiciary Committee will discuss a federal court’s permanent injunction requiring the state to provide mentally ill people with competency evaluations and treatment within seven days of a state judge’s order. The committee meets at 8:30 a.m. in Hearing Room A of the John L. O’Brien Building.
Rep. Ed Orcutt, R-Kalama, has introduced House Bill 2240, which would require the state to allow out-of-state bidders to compete to build ferries for the state fleet if too few in-state companies submit bids.