Politics & Government

Under the Dome: Thursday, February 5, the 25th day of the 105-day legislative session


I just got re-elected three months ago, and I’ve got a big job to do right here ... I will say, I am not happy with the leadership that we’re seeing right now.

Sen. Andy Hill, R-Redmond, answering a reporter's question on whether he's considering running for governor in 2016.


The Senate unanimously passed Senate Bill 5012 Wednesday. The bill allows for the industrial growth of hemp in the state, and authorizes Washington State University to study hemp production.


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 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 Education is having a hearing on the bill at 8 a.m. in Hearing Room A of the John L. O’Brien Building.


Senate Committees aren’t meeting Friday.

The House Public Safety Committee will hear House Bill 1558, which would allow cops to seize and forfeit property used to patronize a prostitute. The committee meets at 10 a.m in Hearing Room D of the John L. O’Brien Building.


Representatives of the Washington Occupational Therapy Association are visiting the Capitol on Thursday to speak with lawmakers. The group will meet at 9 a.m. Thursday in the Legislative Building’s Columbia Room.