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Morning update: Day 72

Post by Katie Schmidt on March 22, 2011 at 9:19 am |
March 22, 2011 9:19 am

The Senate unveils its proposed two-year transportation budget today at 1 p.m., a day after the House presented its proposal.

Friday is the cutoff for voting policy bills out of committee, so House committees are busy considering Senate bills and vice-versa. Budget bills do not have the same deadline, though, so legislators will have longer to consider those.

Today:

  • Senate Judiciary hears HB 1166, which would prevent people under the age of 21 from being charged as minors in possession of alcohol if they are seeking medical attention for someone with alcohol poisoning. It would also protect the person with alcohol poising from getting in trouble as a result of being taken to a doctor.
  • House Public Safety hears SB 5545, which would make it easier for police to get the consent they need to record conversations that could pertain to the sexual exploitation of children. Senate Human Services hears the House version of the bill, HB 1874.
  • Senate Environment hears HB 1721, which would prohibit coal-tar pavement sealants in Washington. The sealants contain chemicals called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons that can wash off into the water and have been linked to cancerous tumors in fish.
  • Equal Rights Washington and the Religious Coalition for Equality are holding “Equality Day 2011” at the Legislative Building starting at 9 a.m.
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