Gov. Jay Inslee is signing the first bill of his career and first of the 2013 session today, the 45th day of the 105-day session, at 1 p.m. Senate Bill 5147 deals with runaway youths and requires that unlicensed youth shelters and runaway programs provide information about the whereabouts of runaways to parents, police or the Department of Social and Health Services.
Also today, Seattle Seahawks football coach Pete Carroll will speak at the Legislature and later meet with Inslee. Carroll’s A Better Seattle group is teaming up with the Northwest Leadership Foundation to promote youth programs. Carroll is due at the Capitol at 9:30 a.m., appearing at 10 a.m. on the House floor and at 11:15 a.m. on the Senate floor. The two chambers plan to adopt a resolution honoring the football team.
Also today, the House Finance Committee was to take testimony at 8 a.m. on Substitute House Bill 1457, implementing a paid family and medical leave insurance plan. It also was hearing a bill from Democratic Rep. Chris Reykdal of Tumwater to fund a tax credit rebate for low-income working families that would be funded by ending the sales-tax exemption on purchases by certain out of state buyers.
The Senate Law & Justice was holding hold a work session at 8:30 a.m. on the governance of the Washington State Bar Association and judicial agency budgets.
Senate Ways and Means plans hearings at 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. on 18 bills, including Inslee’s climate change proposal, SB 5802. Also on tap is SB 5851, which creates a defined-contribution retirement option for public employees, and SB 5843, which requires that every new tax preference include an expiration date and statement of intent.
Also today, the Christian Homeschool Network is bringing 400 people to Home Educators’ Day at the Capitol from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.