A day after a visit from hundreds of gay-marriage opponents, state lawmakers will see advocacy efforts on other fronts today:
- A coalition of college advocates says more than two dozen regents and trustees from four-year and two-year colleges will be in Olympia today lobbying against further cuts to higher education.
- Small businesses owners will join the Washington Policy Center think tank calling on the Legislature to pass laws they say will make Washington a better environment for business.
- In-home health-care workers, some with elderly and disabled clients, will ask lawmakers to stop cuts to long-term care. They plan a march and meetings with lawmakers.
Bills up for public hearings today include:
- An overhaul of the green-energy initiative, I-937, which is getting a hearing for the second day in a row.
- Recommendations of the commission on state debt.
- Criminal penalties for running a chop shop for cars, put forward by Rep. Troy Kelley of Tacoma.
- The governor’s proposed transportation revenue package, which includes a $1.50-per-barrel charge on oil refineries.