Today the first hearing and committee vote are planned on HB 2033, a proposal that would preserve funding for the state history museums in Tacoma and Spokane by transferring funds that would have gone to construction of a library and Heritage Center on the Capitol Campus, and by consolidating several state programs into a Department of Heritage, Arts and Culture.
The bill is in the House State Government Committee this morning. Gov. Chris Gregoire cut funding for the museums in her biennial budget proposal.
- The same committee is due to hear and vote on HB 2035, which would allow private printers to compete with the state printer for state agency’s printing jobs. In the Senate, a bill has been introduced that would eliminate the state printer altogether, SB 5523, but it has not come up for a floor vote.
- House Ways and Means is to vote on SB 5073, which would license medical marijuana dispensaries in Washington and set up a registry for medical marijuana patients.
- Senate Transportation hears HB 1516, which would establish performance criteria for the Washington State Ferry System relating to passenger satisfaction, staying on schedule and cost containment, among other indicators. If the ferry system does not meet 75 percent of the criteria in 2013, it would be required to contract out ferry management to a private management firm.