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Morning update: Day 38

Post by Jordan Schrader / The News Tribune on Feb. 16, 2011 at 9:07 am |
February 16, 2011 9:19 am

Lawmakers will convene today for a ceremony honoring former members of the Legislature who have died in the past two years, with bereaved families looking on.

There is no activity planned on the floor of the House, so it will be at least one more day before lawmakers take care of a procedural move paving the way for a vote on any deal that emerges on the supplemental budget. Negotiators were still apart on Tuesday, and we may not see a final bill until Friday or later.

Many committees have just a few meetings left to send bills to the floor of their house of origin. Some of the panels are meeting in party caucus now to strategize, including House Higher Ed, which will vote on tuition-setting authority for universities, and House State Government, scheduled to hear HB 1324 to cancel the 2012 presidential primary in Washington. Elsewhere:

  • Senate K-12 Ed could vote on SB 5639, a bill requested by the governor that would create a Department of Education incorporating all state-level education governance from pre-school through college. The committee is also scheduled to vote on SB 5616, the governor’s “launch year” proposal to make senior year of high school more academically rigorous.
  • House Labor could vote on HB 1511, which would prohibit ferry workers from negotiating higher overtime pay rates and other benefits that are better than those of most state employees in collective bargaining agreements.
  • Senate Transportation hears SB 5416, which would require money collected from tolls to be spent first on the operating costs of keeping the tolling system up and running.
  • House Transportation will also hear a tolling bill, HB 1887. Under that proposal, the Legislature would approve the schedule of toll rates for the Tacoma Narrows Bridge and the State Route 520 corridor recommended by the Transportation Commission.
  • HB 1333 on motorcycle profiling and SHB 1294, which would set up the Puget Sound Corps branch of the Washington Conservation Corps, are scheduled for a vote in House General Gov’t Approps.
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