Welcome to Day 23 of session.
Senate Democrats plan to roll out a supplemental budget plan on Wednesday just before a public hearing on the plan, while also bringing the governor’s unemployment-insurance bill to the Senate floor. But today, there’s a mess of press conferences as various Democrats try to promote their proposals.
Reps. Reuven Carlyle of Seattle and Larry Seaquist of Gig Harbor will call for giving universities authority to set their own tuition and adding new requirements for financial aid. On another higher-education issue, Sen. Jim Kastama of Puyallup will push for an online state university in Washington. He will be joined by state Superintendent Randy Dorn, former Utah Gov. Mike Leavitt, representatives from the Gates Foundation, and Robert Mendenhall, president of the Western Governors University, the school that would like to gain a foothold in Washington.
The other presser brings together Rep. Jeannie Darneille of Tacoma, Sen. Karen Fraser of Thurston County, King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg and Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist, among others, to call for requiring collection of DNA upon arrest of people accused of violent or sexual crimes.
- House Transportation hears options for restricting how cities use traffic cameras. House bills 1098 and 1099 from Rep. Chris Hurst, D-Enumclaw, would require that voters approve any local ordinance allowing automatic traffic cameras. HB 1279, requested by the Tacoma City Council, would require local governments to prepare reports and publish information on locations where traffic cameras are proposed or installed.
- House Public Safety could vote on HB 1333, prohibiting motorcycle “profiling.” Under the bill, it would be illegal for law enforcement officers to pull someone over just for riding a motorcycle or wearing motorcycle gear. A companion bill is scheduled for a hearing in the Senate.
- House Labor hears HB 1511, which would limit some of the benefits and pay that ferry workers could negotiate. A similar bill, SB 5405, is up in Senate Transportation.
- The same committee could vote on HB 1444, which would allow the surviving spouse of a law enforcement officer or a firefighter who dies from a workplace injury to keep getting insurance benefits even if he or she remarries.
- Senate Human Services hears SB 5140, which would make it easier to deport alien offenders serving sentences in Washington.