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Morning Update: Session Day 12

Post by Melissa Santos / The Olympian on Jan. 25, 2013 at 7:59 am | No Comments »
January 28, 2013 6:26 pm

What’s happening today at the Capitol:

A proposal to repeal the state’s family and medical leave insurance act will receive a hearing at 8 a.m. before the Senate Commerce & Labor Committee. The committee will hear testimony on Senate Bill 5159 in Hearing Room 2 of the John A. Cherberg Building.

Sen. Mike Carrell, R-Lakewood, is proposing an amendment to the state constitution that would allow teachers and school police officers to search a student on school grounds as long as there is “reasonable suspicion” the student is breaking school rules. School officials already have this privilege, but campus police officers do not. Senate Joint Resolution 8203 will receive a hearing at 8 a.m. today before the Senate Law & Justice Committee in Hearing Room 1 of the John A. Cherberg Building.

Another proposed law would allow local agencies to limit the amount of time they spend responding to public records requests “in order to prevent excessive interference with other essential functions.” House Bill 1128 will receive a hearing before the House Local Government Committee today. The proposal also would create new provisions for local agencies to deny records requests if a court determines the requester’s aim is to harass an agency, or that the requests would place “undue burden” on the agency. The committee hearing will take place at 1:30 p.m. in Hearing Room D of the John L. O’Brien Building.

A work session discussing the implementation of training programs for long-term care workers will take place in the House Health Care & Wellness Committee today at 1:30 p.m. The committee will meet in Hearing Room B of the John L. O’Brien Building.

Additionally, a few hundred dentists are expected to gather on the Tivoli Fountain South Lawn between 7 a.m. and 1 p.m. as part of “Dental Action Day.”

Meanwhile, another group will petition legislators during the “Washington Coalition of Crime Victim Advocates Capitol Day,” which will take place at the General Administration Building auditorium between 8 a.m. and noon. A third coalition will lobby against human trafficking during “Washington Anti-Trafficking Engagement Day,” set to take place in the Columbia Room of the Legislative Building from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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