Politics & Government

Under the Dome: Thursday, March 26, the 74th day of the 105-day legislative session


“This is a great state to be a woman in, and we remember today those who helped build that culture. …It is our job to build a legacy for the women who come after us.”

– Sen. Jan Angel, R-Port Orchard, speaking in support of a Senate resolution honoring female leaders in Washington and their role they’ve played in politics in the past 100 years.


The state Senate passed legislation to allow Washington State University to establish and operate a medical school. House Bill 1559 cleared the Senate on a 47-1 vote, after already passing the state House. The bill now heads to Gov. Jay Inslee to be signed into law.


The Senate Government Operations and Security Committee will hear several proposals related to voting and elections, including a measure to allow 16- and 17-year-olds to preregister to vote. That proposal, House Bill 1294, will have a public hearing at 10 a.m. in Hearing Room 2 of the John A. Cherberg Building.

The House Transportation Committee will hold hearings on the Senate’s proposed transportation revenue package (Senate Bill 5987) and the Senate’s proposed transportation spending plan (Senate Bill 5988). The hearings will take place at 3:30 p.m. in Hearing Room B of the John L. O’Brien Building.

Also Thursday, the House Environment Committee will hear Senate Bill 5994, which aims to speed up permitting of transportation projects. That hearing will take place at 9 a.m. in Hearing Room B of the John L. O’Brien Building.


The House is expected to release its budget proposal at 11:30 a.m. Friday and then hold a hearing on the plan the same day. The hearing on the proposed House budget is scheduled to take place at 1:30 p.m. before the House Appropriations Committee, which will meet in Hearing Room A of the John L. O’Brien Building.


The House Appropriations Committee is scheduled to vote on a version of the House budget when it meets at 1 p.m. in Hearing Room A of the John L. O’Brien Building.

The committee could also vote Saturday on House Bill 2136, a measure to reform the state’s medical and recreational marijuana markets and adjust marijuana tax rates.


Parents and their preschool-aged children will take part in the MomsRising Pre-K 1K run Thursday at the Capitol. The even is part of a push for improved early learning programs in Washington state. Gov. Jay Inslee and other state officials will deliver remarks at the start of the relay at 10 a.m. on the north steps of the Legislative Building.


House Bill 2209 would require people to be lawful residents of the United States in order to receive a Washington state driver’s license. The legislation, introduced Wednesday, is sponsored by Rep. Graham Hunt, R-Orting.