“At the end of the day, if you’re working hard, you should be able to meet your basic necessities.”
– Rep. Jessyn Farrell, D-Seattle, on a proposal to raise the state’s minimum wage to $12.
TUESDAY IN THE LEGISLATURE
The House Environment Committee will hear testimony on Gov. Jay Inslee’s proposal to create a cap-and-trade system aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions. House Bill 1314 would set up a carbon pollution market through the Department of Ecology while setting limits on carbon emissions for the state’s top polluters. Under the bill, businesses and government entities that emit at least 25,000 metric tons of carbon pollution per year would be required to buy pollution allowances from the state. The hearing will take place at 1:30 p.m. in Hearing Room A of the John L. O’Brien building.
Any voter would be able to return his or her ballot by fax or email under House Bill 1143, which will receive a public hearing at 10 a.m. before the House Committee on State Government. The hearing will take place in Hearing Room E of the John L. O’Brien Building.
The Senate Higher Education Committee will hold a work session on sexual assault on college campuses. Discussion will include an overview of federal Title IX requirements relating to sexual violence, as well as what policies are in place to respond to and prevent sexual assaults. The work session will be at 1:30 p.m. in Hearing Room 3 of the John A. Cherberg Building.
WEDNESDAY IN THE LEGISLATURE
House Bill 1136 would bar former lawmakers and top state agency officials from lobbying state government for one year after they leave their government jobs. The bill to establish a so-called cooling off period for government-employees-turned-lobbyists will receive a hearing at 8 a.m. before the House Committee on State Government, which will meet in Hearing Room E of the John L. O’Brien Building.
A proposal that would make it a felony to buy, sell or trade ivory or rhinoceros horns in Washington will receive a public hearing before the Senate Natural Resources and Parks Committee. The hearing on Senate Bill 5241 will take place at 2 p.m. in Hearing Room 3 of the John A. Cherberg Building.
ELSEWHERE ON CAMPUS
The Greater Northwest Chapter of the National MS Society is holding its state action day on Tuesday. The group will meet at 9 a.m. in the Columbia Room at the Legislative Building and lobby lawmakers to pass legislation that would help people living with MS.