Politics & Government

Under the Dome: Wednesday, January 28, the 17th day of the 105-day legislative session


The House Environment Committee heard testimony Tuesday 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.


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 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.


The House Environment Committee will hear testimony on legislation that would try to protect the state’s waterways from pollution by synthetic plastic microbeads, which are commonly used as an exfoliant in bath products. House Bill 1378 would phase out personal care products that contain the microbeads and ban such products entirely by 2020. The hearing will take place at 8 a.m. in Hearing Room B of the John L. O’Brien Building.

A bill that would require public schools to teach students about the history of Native American tribes in Washington will receive a hearing before the Senate Early Learning and K-12 Education Committee. Senate Bill 5433 would direct schools to collaborate with federally recognized tribes in Washington to develop curricula about tribal culture, government and history. The hearing will take place at 8 a.m. in Hearing Room 1 of the John A. Cherberg Building.


Several groups working to fight homelessness have coordinated the banging of a gong at the Capitol Wednesday to raise awareness of the number of homeless people in King County. Trudi Inslee, Washington’s first lady, will start the gong-banging at 9 a.m. Wednesday on the north steps of the Legislative Building. The gong will sound 3,772 times to represent the number of homeless people recently counted on one night in King County.