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Morning update: Day 81

Post by Katie Schmidt on March 31, 2011 at 8:00 am |
March 30, 2011 5:12 pm

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.

Elsewhere:

  • 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.

morning. Today is Thursday, day 81 of a 105-day session.

FLOOR ACTION

The Senate passed House Bill 1150, which would give small business owners who break a state rule a longer grace period to fix the infraction before they face penalties.

The Senate also passed House Bill 1202, which would authorize a pilot project to let state liquor stores offer samples.

TODAY

The House State Government and Tribal Affairs Committee is scheduled to hear and vote on House Bill 2033, a proposal that would preserve funding for the state historical museums in Tacoma and Spokane by transferring funds that would have gone to construction and consolidating several state programs into a Department of Heritage Arts and Culture.

Governor Chris Gregoire cut funding for the museums in her biennial budget proposal.

The Committee is also scheduled for a hearing and a vote on House Bill 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, Senate Bill 5523, but it has not come up for a floor vote.

The House Ways and Means Committee is scheduled to vote on Senate Bill 5073, which would license medical marijuana dispensaries in Washington and set up a registry for medical marijuana patients.

The Senate Transportation Committee is scheduled to hear House Bill 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.

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