Politics & Government

Under the Dome: Friday, February 13, the 33rd day of the 105-day legislative session


“It’s too easy and it’s too cheap for teenagers to buy (vaping) products.”

Gov. Jay Inslee, on the increased use of electronic cigarettes and vaping products among adolescents.


Gov. Jay Inslee announced the preliminary results from the 2014 Healthy Youth Survey. The survey shows that youths are using e-cigarettes and vaping products twice as much as they are using cigarettes, which Inslee says indicates a need for the state to do more to decrease the adolescent use of these products.


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.


Senate Bill 5477 would make it harder for vaping products to get into the hands of children by requiring child-resistant packaging for substances used in vaping products when sold at a retailer in the state. The Senate Committee on Health Care hears the bill at 10 a.m. in Hearing Room 4 of the Cherberg Building.

School districts would be required to have a student who was removed from school due to violence or mental health-related reasons be assessed by a mental health professional before the student returns to school. The House Committee on Education hears the bill at 1:30 p.m. in Hearing Room A of the John L O’Brien Building.