Politics & Government

Under the Dome: Tuesday, March 10, the 58th day of the 105-day legislative session


“Anything we can do that is effective in both helping victims and preventing future victims is … surely within the purview as what we do as part of government.”

Rep. J.T. Wilcox, R-Yelm, on House Bill 1729, which would set minimum standards for community-based domestic violence programs and emergency shelters. The bill passed the House Monday on a 92-6 vote.


The House voted Monday on a series of bills concerning mental health care, including House Bill 1448. The bill, which passed the House on a 95-3 vote, creates a process for law enforcement officers to request mental health evaluations of people who have attempted or threatened suicide.


Floor sessions are scheduled in both chambers as they approach Wednesday’s deadline for bills to be passed out of their chamber of origin.

Senate committees aren’t meeting Tuesday or Wednesday. In the House, the Committee of Agriculture and Natural Resources will hear Senate Bill 5088 on Wednesday. The bill requires the State Geological Survey to use technology to identify potential geological hazards and to share its findings with the public and state and local governments. The committee will hear the bill at 8 a.m. in Room B of the John L. O’Brien Building.


The Senate Committee on Law and Justice will hear House Bill 1281, which passed the House unanimously last week. The bill would create an account to fund the state’s Internet Crimes Against Children task force to find people who are sexually exploiting children online. The hearing is at 8 a.m. in Room 4 of the J.A. Cherberg Building.

The House Committee on Education will hear House Bill 1996, which would require elementary schools to ensure all kids receive some type of music education. The hearing is at 8 a.m. in Room A of the John L. O’Brien Building Thursday.