Politics & Government

Under the Dome: Thursday, January 15, the fourth day of the 105-day legislative session


The Senate honored former Gov. Dan Evans Wednesday, and through Senate Resolution 8602, recognized the 50th anniversary of his inauguration as governor. He is the state’s only governor to serve three terms.

Thursday in the Legislature

The Senate Committee on Law and Justice will have a hearing on Senate Bill 5002 Thursday 8 a.m. in Hearing Room 4 of the J.A. Cherberg Building. The legislation makes it a traffic violation to consume marijuana or have marijuana in an open container while on the highway, though an open container may be kept in the trunk of the car. Similar to open container laws concerning alcohol, exceptions to the rule include certain vehicles such as campers and motorhomes.

The Senate Committee on Ways & Means will vote on Senate Bill 5064, which would move the state’s March revenue forecast, issued in odd-numbered years, to February. Supporters argue that an earlier forecast in budget-writing years would allow lawmakers to reach a budget deal sooner. The committee meets at 3:30 p.m. in Hearing Room 4 of the Cherberg Building.

Friday in the Legislature

House Bill 1015 seeks to allow DUI offenders to vacate their convictions if more than 10 years have passed since an offender completed their sentencing terms, the offender has completed alcohol dependency treatment and has gone five years without relapse, and the offender meets all other conditions for vacation, including not having had another crime already wiped from their record. The House Committee on Public Safety will hear the bill at 10 a.m. in Hearing Room D of the John L O’Brien Building.

Elsewhere on campus

The Washington Firearms Leadership Advocacy Group, Gun Rights Coalition, and Protect Our Gun Rights Washington are organizing a rally against Initiative 594 Thursday. The groups will meet on the steps of the Capitol at 9 a.m. I-594, approved by voters in November, expanded the requirements for background checks on gun purchases and transfers.

Quote of the day

"...There are no Republican schools or Democratic highways, no liberal salmon or conservative parks.”

Former Gov. and U.S. Sen. Dan Evans, R-Washington, speaking before the Senate about the need for cooperation in government and recalling words he said earlier in his political career.