Politics & Government

Under the Dome: Thursday, March 12, the 60th day of the 105-day legislative session


It’s been my goal...to do something about the crisis we have, not only in our state, but also in our country. Student debt is out of control on a federal level and on a state level.

Sen. Barbara Bailey, R-Oak Harbor, on Senate Bill 5954, which would look to reduce in-state tuition by tying it to the state’s average income.


Wednesday at 5 p.m. was the deadline for bills to have a floor vote in their chamber of origin. Action now reverts back to legislative committees, which will be hearing bills sent over from the opposite chamber.


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 that 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.


Senate Bill 5158 would require the location of a cellphone call be given to law enforcement when they are responding to an emergency. The bill has a hearing in front of the House Committee on Public Safety at 10 a.m. in Room D of the O’Brien Building.


Bloodworks Northwest is having a blood drive Thursday from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at Office Building 2.