Politics & Government

Under the Dome: Wednesday, March 11, the 59th day of the 105-day legislative session


“This issue shouldn’t become the Apple Cup of medical education.”

Sen. Michael Baumgartner, R-Spokane, on Senate Bill 5487, which would allow Washington State University to open a medical school. University of Washington opposes the bill.


The Senate passed Senate Bill 5487 Tuesday on a 45-4 vote, which would remove a law that permits the University of Washington to be the only school in the state with a medical school. The bill would allow Washington State University to open its own medical school. The bill now goes to the House, which passed a companion bill Monday on a 81-17 vote.


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 on Wednesday. In the House, the Committee of Agriculture and Natural Resources will hear Senate Bill 5088. 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 policies in elementary schools that would 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.


TVW is interviewing lawmakers Wednesday, in recognition of that day’s deadline for policy bills to have a floor vote in their chamber of origin which marks the mid-point of the session.