Politics & Government

Under the Dome: Wednesday, February 4, the 24th day of the 105-day legislative session


“What I'm saying is we save lives by simplifying our lives.”

Rep. Elizabeth Scott, R-Monroe, on eliminating daylight saving time in the state of Washington. Scott’s legislation, House Bill 1479, would keep Pacific Standard Time yearlong in the state.


Initiative promoter Tim Eyman announced Tuesday that he would try to land a proposal on the November ballot similar to the one he tried last year before falling short of the required number of signatures. Eyman's proposal would reduce the state sales tax unless lawmakers put a constitutional amendment on the ballot to require two-thirds supermajorities in the Legislature to raise taxes.


House Bill 1445 seeks to allow high school students to substitute two years of computer science for the foreign-language college admission requirements. The House Committee on Higher Education will have a hearing at 1:30 p.m. in Hearing Room C of the John L. O’Brien Building.

Senate Bill 5422 would authorize employers to pay teens a training wage at 85 percent of the minimum wage or at the federal minimum wage, whichever is greater. Senate Bill 5421 would set a wage for new teenage employees who are working seasonal jobs in the summer. Both will be heard in the Senate Commerce & Labor Committee meeting at 1:30 p.m. in Hearing Room 1 of the J.A. Cherberg Building.


A bill sponsored by Sen. Steve O’Ban, R-Tacoma, would establish new penalties for people who drive while their license is suspended due to failing to pay child support. Doing so would become a misdemeanor under Senate Bill 5247. A hearing for the bill is at 8 a.m. before the Senate Law & Justice Committee in Hearing Room 4 of the J.A. Cherberg Building.

House Bill 1591 would require students to create high school and beyond plans beginning in the eighth grade. The plans would have to identify career and educational goals. The House Committee on Education is having a hearing on the bill at 8 a.m. in Hearing Room A of the John L. O’Brien Building.