“I think we’re irresponsible if we allow people to drive while drugged. It doesn’t pass the straight-faced test that can put a psychotropic medication in your body and expect that your reaction times will stay the same.”
– Sen. Ann Rivers, R-La Center, speaking about her proposal to ban open containers of pot in vehicles. Senate Bill 5002 would also ban people from smoking pot while driving.
THURSDAY IN THE LEGISLATURE
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Senate Bill 5083 would require the Washington State School Directors’ Association and the University of Washington’s Center for Sports Cardiology to create an online pamphlet detailing the issue of sudden cardiac arrest and the risks it poses to young athletes. Coaches would also have to go through an online sudden cardiac arrest prevention program. The Senate Committee on Early Learning and K-12 Education will hear the bill at 8 a.m. in Hearing Room 1 of the J.A. Cherberg Building.
Hundreds of medical marijuana users are expected to show up when the Senate Health Care Committee holds a 10 a.m. hearing on legislation to regulate medical marijuana under the same system that exists for recreational marijuana. Senate Bill 5052, named The Cannabis Patient Protection Act, will be heard in Hearing Room 4 of the Cherberg Building.
The House Committee on State Government will hear a proposal to petition Congress to allow states to use daylight savings time year-round. House Joint Memorial 4001 will be before the committee at its 1:30 p.m. meeting in Hearing Room E of the John L. O’Brien Building.
Senate Bill 5085 would expand eligibility of those who can receive a Gold Star license plate. The bill allows the siblings of members of the armed forces who died in service to have Gold Star license plates, which currently are issued to the mother, father, widow or widower, and children of those who died in service. The Senate Committee on Transportation will hear the bill in Hearing Room 1 of the Cherberg Building at 3:30 p.m.
FRIDAY IN THE LEGISLATURE
House Bill 1126 would create the Eve Uphold Act, named for a child who died at a state-licensed daycare in Seattle. The measure would require the Department of Early Learning to form a committee for reviewing incidents of child fatalities if one occurs in an early learning program or a licensed child care center or child care home. The House Committee on Early Learning and Human Services will have a hearing on the bill in Hearing Room C of the John L. O’Brien Building at 10 a.m.