Today marks the 40th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision that supported a women’s right to choose to terminate a pregnancy.
To mark the anniversary, thousands of people are expected to march on the Capitol today as part of the March for Life, an annual rally protesting the legalization of abortion. The marchers intend to deliver red roses to legislators and Gov. Jay Inslee “to remind our elected and appointed government officials of their duty to protect human life in all its stages,” according to the event website.
Today in the Legislature, a bill to authorize government agencies to sell the naming rights for public facilities like hospitals will have a hearing before the House Committee on Government Operations & Elections. The hearing on House Bill 1050 will take place at 8 a.m. in Hearing Room E of the John L. O’Brien Building.
Later in the day, a similar bill to allow the sale of naming rights for state transportation facilities will receive a hearing. House Bill 1051 will be heard before the House Transportation Committee at 3:30 p.m. in Room B of the John L. O’Brien Building.
A bill to eliminate the one-year waiting period required for veterans and military members to be eligible for in-state tuition will have a hearing before the House Higher Education Committee. The committee will hear testimony on House Bill 1011 at 8 a.m. in Hearing Room A of the John L. O’Brien Building.
A bill to create a special license for nonprofit senior centers to serve alcohol will be heard today before the House Government Accountability & Oversight Committee. The committee will hear testimony on House Bill 1063 and five other bills at 1:30 p.m. in Hearing Room E of the John L. O’Brien Building.
Elsewhere in Olympia tonight, citizens can provide input on the implementation of Initiative 502, which voters approved in November to legalize the use of marijuana in Washington state, at an evening forum. The forum will take place at the Washington State Liquor Control Board headquarters at 3000 Pacific Avenue SE, and is the first of six forums the board will hold throughout the state as it develops rules regarding I-502.