Good morning on Day 3 of the 105-day legislative session, an icy, slushy day at the Capitol Campus.
- A day after Gov. Chris Gregoire gave her State of the State address, lawmakers will hear from Supreme Court Chief Justice Barbara Madsen for a State of the Judiciary address. The 11:30 a.m. speech will be in the Senate. Madsen will talk about the effects of the recession on the justice system.
- Committees are starting to take up bills for public hearings. The House State Government Committee is meeting now and expects to hear testimony on whether to accept ballots from military and overseas voters by e-mail. Maj. Gen. Timothy Lowenberg, commander of the Washington Army and Air National Guard, is expected to testify.
- Another elections proposal before the same committee would move the state entirely to voting by mail, eliminating the polls in Pierce County. Olympia Rep. Sam Hunt sponsors the bill annually.
- Several bills will have hearings in the House Judiciary Committee, including House Bill 1017, which would require a 12-hour impound on cars belonging to people arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol.