Politics & Government

Under the Dome: Thursday, February 12, the 32nd day of the 105-day legislative session


“I think this is a good start and if we are here past the end of this session, it isn’t my fault.”

Sen. Jim Hargrove, D-Hoquiam, saying he and other senators are making progress by passing a supplemental budget Wednesday, early in session. Hargrove is the chief budget negotiator for the Democrats.


The Senate passed a package of changes to state spending plans in a supplemental budget that runs through June, on a 46-0 vote.


Senate Bill 5547 would require students receiving state need grants to have at least a 2.5 GPA to renew a grant. The bill has a hearing in the Senate Committee of Higher Education at 1:30 p.m. in Hearing Room 3 of the J.A. Cherberg Building.

House Bill 1917 would limit public access to video and audio from police body cameras. The House Judiciary Committee has a hearing on the bill at 1:30 in Hearing Room A of the John L. O’Brien Building.


Senate Bill 5608 would prohibit employers from inquiring about a job applicant’s arrests or convictions before determining that they are otherwise qualified for the position. The bill would be called the Washington Fair Chance Act, and the hearing is before the Senate Committee on Commerce at 8 a.m. in Hearing Room 1 of the J.A. Cherberg Building.

House Bill 1272 would make it a crime to wrongfully distribute intimate pictures, making the act a misdemeanor on the first conviction. The bill has a hearing in front of the House Committee on Public Safety Friday at 10 a.m. in Hearing Room D of the John L. O’Brien Building.


The Refugee Women’s Alliance is visiting the Capitol to discuss with lawmakers the issues affecting refugees and immigrants. The group will meet at 10 a.m. Thursday at the steps of the Legislative Building.