Politics & Government

Under the Dome: Tuesday, Feb. 10, the 30th day of the 105-day legislative session


“I appreciate it. I’ll probably like your budget better.”

– Sen. Pam Roach R-Auburn, to Senate Ways and Means committee chairman Sen. Andy Hill, R-Redmond, after he gave her more time to testify on a bill.


The House unanimously passed House Bill 1003 Monday, requiring the creation of a model policy for how school districts can recover from a natural disaster.


House Bill 1301 would exempt fantasy sports from being classified as gambling, which is illegal in the state. The House Committee on Commerce and Gaming will hear the bill at 1:30 p.m. in Room C of the John L. O’Brien Building.

Widows and widowers who have Gold Star license plates would be exempt from certain fees under Senate Bill 5634. The bill would exempt them from annual vehicle registration fees and excise taxes on one personal vehicle. The bill has a hearing in the Senate Committee on Transportation at 3:30 p.m. in Room 1 of the J.A. Cherberg Building.


House Bill 1458 concerns the legal smoking age in the state. The legislation would raise it to 21 for tobacco and vapor products. The House Committee on Health Care and Wellness has a hearing at 1:30 p.m. in Room A of the John L. O’Brien Building.

Landlords would assist in increasing voter participation under Senate Bill 5259. The legislation would require them to provide new tenants with voter registration forms or a link to register online. The Senate Committee on Financial Institutions and Insurance will hear the bill at 1:30 p.m. in Room 2 of the J.A. Cherberg Building.


Senate Bill 5880 was introduced Monday to help reduce human trafficking in the state. It would make employees in certain jobs undergo training to identify possible victims of trafficking and report them to a law enforcement agency.