Welcome to the last week of the regular session — not that anyone is counting down the days now that we know the Legislature will go into extra innings.
The House Capital Budget Committee is now hearing SJR 8215, a proposed constitutional amendment that would reduce the state’s debt limit from 9 to 7 percent of state revenues. Senate Republicans are tying the proposed restrictions on debt to their support for more borrowing this year.
State senators could vote on their $32.1 billion budget plan today or Tuesday, but they still need to negotiate a final deal with the House and Gov. Chris Gregoire.
Gregoire today is signing bills tightening penalties for human trafficking (SB 5546), allowing universities to develop accelerated three-year bachelor’s degree programs (SB 5442), and making old custom cars and hot rods easier to license and exempting them from some equipment and emissions requirements (SB 5585).