Good morning on the 50th day of session. From the weekend: Redistricting speculation has begun, with most of it focusing on the possibility of a new Congressional district (perhaps centered on Olympia or on northeast King County).
This week: Both the House and Senate will dedicate most of their time to floor sessions as they move toward the March 7 deadline for voting on bills in their house of origin.
Today on the Capitol campus, Planned Parenthood and abortion-rights advocacy group NARAL are holding a reproductive-rights lobby day and rally.
Both the House and the Senate have scheduled floor sessions today. Here are a few examples of bills that could come up for a vote:
- SB 5307, which would count military training toward licensing requirements in some medical professions, and Senate Bill 5065, which would prohibit people who are convicted of animal cruelty from owning another, similar animal for a certain period.
- SB 5407, which would create a tiered driver’s license system in the state in which people who could not prove they were legal immigrants would only be able to get licenses marked “not valid for identification.”
- HB 1079, which would require all counties in the state to vote by mail. Only Pierce County has in-person polling places.
- HB 1489, which would limit when and where people may use fertilizers that contain phosphorous, and HB 1202, which would allow liquor stores to give out samples.