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Morning update: Session Day 15

Post by Melissa Santos / The Olympian on Jan. 28, 2013 at 7:00 am |
January 28, 2013 6:26 pm

Legislation that aims to protect citizens’ ability to restore classic cars in their garages will get a hearing before the Senate Government Operations Committee today. Senate Bill 5121 would prevent cities and towns from passing ordinances that prevent people from restoring hobby vehicles, or those 30 years or older, on their property. The hearing will take place at 10 a.m.

Kids who are suspended or expelled from school will be the topic of conversation Monday in the Senate Early Learning & K-12 Education Committee. Senate Bill 5155 would make schools create a plan to provide students with academic services while they are suspended or expelled, and also to help those students transition back into school. Similarly, Senate Bill 4244 would attempt to shorten suspensions and expulsions by prohibiting them from lasting an indefinite period of time. Meanwhile, Senate Bill 5245 and 5301 also seek to collect data about student expulsions and suspensions and improve suspension and expulsion policies in public schools. The bills will be heard at 1:30 p.m. today.

The House Appropriations Committee will hear a briefing on long-term care programs and programs for the developmentally disabled when it meets at 3:30 p.m. Monday. The meeting will take place in Hearing Room A of the John L. O’Brien Building.

The House Transportation Committee will have a work session on passenger rail and freight rail when it meets at 3:30 p.m. Monday. The meeting will take place in Hearing Room B of the John L. O’Brien Building.

During “Big Tent Day,” more than two-dozen organizations representing outdoor recreation businesses will converge on the Capitol Campus to talk about the role that outdoor recreation plays in Washington state’s economy. Additional guests will include off-road vehicle enthusiasts and representatives from parks, environmental groups and the boating industry. As part of the event, informational displays will be set up from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the first and third floors of the Legislative Building and at Capitol Campus parking areas.

Additionally, during “Humane Lobby Day” Monday, members of the Humane Society of the United States will petition lawmakers to improve the treatment of animals in Washington state.

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