The House and Senate floors will get a break from the elaborate ceremonies of the past two days as the Capitol sleeps off last night’s inaugural ball held for new Gov. Jay Inslee. Lawmakers will meet in committees all day and are not scheduled to conduct any business on the floor, though the Senate will hold a pro forma session at noon.
Booze bills are the topic of the day in the House Government Oversight & Accountability Committee, which will hear a proposal to allow sales of growlers of cider (House Bill 1008) along with a bill to create a license for movie theaters to sell beer and wine (House Bill 1009). Another bill before the committee, House Bill 1001, would ban people from purchasing liquor at self-checkout machines.
Later, Sen. Pam Roach, R-Auburn, will chair her first Senate committee meeting in years following Tuesday’s lifting of sanctions against her that had prevented her from having direct contact with Senate staff.
The legislative advisory committee for the Guaranteed Education Tuition (GET) Program will deliver its recommendations regarding Washington’s beleaguered pre-paid tuition system to the Senate Higher Education Committee at 1:30 p.m.
Between 2 and 4:30 p.m., a motorcycle rally will take place on the west side of the Capitol campus in support of House Bill 1007, which would require vehicles carrying loads of gravel and rocks to be covered to prevent spillage. The bill is scheduled for a hearing at 3:30 p.m. before the House Transportation Committee.