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Morning update: Day 73

Post by Jordan Schrader / The News Tribune on March 23, 2011 at 9:14 am |
March 23, 2011 9:14 am

The House Transportation Committee could vote today on its version of the two-year transportation budget, HB 1175. The Senate Transportation Committee’s version of the budget gets a public hearing today in that committee. For more details on how those budgets affect Pierce, Thurston and south King County projects, see stories here, here and here.

Proposed cost-saving measures to help balance the operating budget are starting to get committee votes. Today, the House Ways and Means Committee is scheduled for a vote on a pair of pension bills. Recommended by Gov. Chris Gregoire, they would end automatic cost-of-living increases for retirees in the state’s oldest pension plans, and keep those retirees from returning to full-time work while  collecting a pension.

This Friday is the cutoff day for policy committees to vote on bills. This morning House Health Care could vote on SB 5073, a proposal to license medical marijuana dispensaries and give patients some protections from arrest. Also today:

  • House Higher Ed could vote on SB 5749, a measure that would change the amount credits can appreciate under the state’s Guaranteed Education Tuition program, which allows people to buy future tuition credits at today’s prices. The changes, which supporters say are necessary to keep the program from becoming a financial liability, would only affect GET units purchased after July 31.
  • House Labor could vote on HB 1511, one of several measures that would limit the benefits ferry workers can get through collective bargaining. A similar proposal, SB 5405, already passed out of Senate Transportation.
  • They Shall Walk, a nonprofit medical research group, is hosting Disabled Persons Advocacy Day in the Legislative Building starting at 9 a.m.
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