Agenda for Thursday, February 14, 2013

Senate Committees

Agriculture, Water & Rural Economic Development Energy, Environment & Telecommunications
Financial Institutions, Housing & Insurance Governmental Operations
Health Care Higher Education
Human Services & Corrections Natural Resources & Parks
Trade & Economic Development Transportation
Ways & Means

Agriculture, Water & Rural Economic Development* -  02/14/13  10:00 am

Full Committee
Senate Hearing Rm 4
J.A. Cherberg Building
Olympia, WA

REVISED on 2/7/2013 at 2:23 PM

Public Hearing:  SI 522 - Genetically engineered foods.

Possible executive session on bills heard in committee. Other business.



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Energy, Environment & Telecommunications* -  02/14/13  1:30 pm

Full Committee
Senate Hearing Rm 4
J.A. Cherberg Building
Olympia, WA

REVISED on 2/13/2013 at 5:15 PM

Public Hearing:  
  1. SB 5709 - Concerning a pilot program to demonstrate the feasibility of using densified biomass to heat public schools.
  2. SB 5424 - Concerning paint stewardship.
  3. SB 5545 - Establishing the working waterfront redevelopment jobs act.

Work Session:  
  1. Western Washington University's role in growing the energy economy of Washington State.
  2. Forest biomass.

Executive:  SB 5709 - Concerning a pilot program to demonstrate the feasibility of using densified biomass to heat public schools.

Possible executive session on bills heard in committee. Other business.



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Financial Institutions, Housing & Insurance* -  02/14/13  1:30 pm

Full Committee
Senate Hearing Rm 2
J.A. Cherberg Building
Olympia, WA

REVISED on 2/13/2013 at 11:45 AM

Public Hearing:  
  1. SB 5527 - Concerning debt adjusting services.
  2. SB 5029 - Creating the Washington investment trust.
  3. SB 5210 - Regulating mortgage brokers. (Hearing is on the Proposed Substitute.)
  4. SB 5598 - Concerning the disposition of surplus property for the development of affordable housing.
  5. SB 5338 - Addressing nonprofit debt adjusters.

Executive Session:  
  1. SB 5471 - Addressing insurance, generally.
  2. SB 5489 - Adopting the insurer state of entry model act.
  3. SB 5209 - Addressing licensing and enforcement provisions applicable to money transmitters.
  4. SB 5558 - Creating loan-making authority for down payment assistance for single-family homeownership.

Possible executive session on bills heard in committee. Other business.



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Governmental Operations -  02/14/13  10:00 am

Full Committee
Senate Hearing Rm 2
J.A. Cherberg Building
Olympia, WA

Public Hearing:  
  1. SI 517 - Initiative and referendum.
  2. SB 5499 - Changing the time for filing initiative measures.
  3. SB 5676 - Protecting personal voter signatures.
  4. SB 5505 - Encouraging valid voter signatures on petitions count and timely validation of signatures.
  5. SB 5500 - Providing a replacement ballot by telephone, mail, or in person to a voter who is not a voter that is overseas or in the military.
  6. SJM 8004 - Requesting Congress and the Postmaster General to establish a special accommodation for official election mail.
  7. SB 5503 - Concerning payment of delinquent property taxes.

Possible executive session on bills heard in committee. Other business.



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Health Care* -  02/14/13  10:00 am

Full Committee
Senate Hearing Rm 3
J.A. Cherberg Building
Olympia, WA

REVISED on 2/7/2013 at 2:34 PM

Public Hearing:  
  1. SB 5434 - Addressing the filing and public disclosure of health care provider compensation.
  2. SB 5265 - Regarding transparency in patient billing.
  3. SB 5492 - Requiring transparency for patients regarding training and qualifications of health care professionals.
  4. SB 5530 - Requiring physicians and physician assistants to provide requested demographic information at the time of license renewal.
  5. SB 5537 - Improving the quality and value of health care with greater transparency of price and quality data.
  6. SB 5538 - Addressing transparency, accountability, and affordability in the provision of essential health care services.

Executive:  
  1. SB 5415 - Updating and aligning with federal requirements hospital health care-associated infection rate reporting.
  2. SB 5509 - Concerning electronic timekeeping for in-home personal care or respite services.
  3. SB 5358 - Concerning people with disabilities who receive no paid services from the department of social and health services' division of developmental disabilities.

Possible executive session on bills heard in committee. Other business.



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Higher Education* -  02/14/13  1:30 pm

Full Committee
Senate Hearing Rm 3
J.A. Cherberg Building
Olympia, WA

REVISED on 2/13/2013 at 2:13 PM

Public Hearing:  
  1. SB 5544 - Requiring an online higher education transfer and student advising system.
  2. SB 5624 - Aligning high-demand secondary STEM or career and technical education programs with applied baccalaureate programs.
  3. SB 5615 - Concerning the health professional loan repayment and scholarship program.
  4. Creating a tuition surcharge on tuition charged to international students to be deposited in the Washington advanced college tuition payment program account [S-0713.1].

Executive Session:  
  1. SB 5180 - Improving access to higher education for students with disabilities.
  2. SB 5195 - Allowing nonprofit institutions recognized by the state of Washington to be eligible to participate in the state need grant program.
  3. SB 5736 - Concerning higher education operating efficiencies.
  4. SB 5646 - Concerning high school equivalency certificates.
  5. SB 5673 - Creating a two-year freeze on tuition rates at community and technical colleges.
  6. SB 5420 - Creating a two-year freeze on tuition rates at four-year institutions of higher education.

If draft bills, proposed substitutes, or striking amendments are to be heard, they can be obtained from committee staff or on the committee's website, http://www.leg.wa.gov/Senate/Committees/HIE/Pages/default.aspx, as soon as they are available. Other business.



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Human Services & Corrections -  02/14/13  10:00 am

Full Committee
Senate Hearing Rm 1
J.A. Cherberg Building
Olympia, WA

Public Hearing:  
  1. SB 5571 - Increasing public awareness of mental illness and its consequences.
  2. SB 5577 - Protecting public employees who act ethically and legally.
  3. SB 5578 - Exempting certain family day care providers who have been operating for at least five years from any requirement to have a high school diploma or equivalent education.
  4. SB 5585 - Requiring drug testing for recipients of benefits under the temporary assistance for needy families program.
  5. SB 5617 - Concerning service of petitions for release by persons committed as criminally insane.

Executive:  
  1. SB 5281 - Requiring an empirical study of the validity and reliability of the current child welfare safety assessment tool.
  2. SB 5404 - Concerning the introduction of contraband into or possession of contraband in a secure facility.

Possible executive session on bills heard in committee. Other business.



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Natural Resources & Parks* -  02/14/13  1:30 pm

Full Committee
Senate Hearing Rm 1
J.A. Cherberg Building
Olympia, WA

REVISED on 2/14/2013 at 10:03 AM

Work Session:  
  1. University of Washington Institute of Forest Resources.
  2. Derelict vessel update.

Public Hearing:  
  1. SB 5634 - Clarifying the department of natural resources' authority to enter into cooperative agreements.
  2. SB 5663 - Regarding derelict and abandoned vessels in state waters.

Executive:  
  1. SB 5634 - Clarifying the department of natural resources' authority to enter into cooperative agreements.
  2. SB 5188 - Addressing imminent threats to commercial livestock caused by wolves.
  3. SB 5193 - Concerning large wild carnivore conflict management.
  4. ESB 5097 - Allowing spouses to combine volunteer hours for purposes of receiving a complimentary discover pass.
  5. SB 5084 - Concerning discounted discovery passes for disabled veterans.
  6. SB 5187 - Protecting livestock against predator attacks.
  7. SB 5289 - Concerning the discover pass.
  8. SB 5391 - Concerning an exemption from discover pass requirements for off-road vehicles.

Possible executive session on bills heard in committee. Other business.



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Trade & Economic Development -  02/14/13  8:00 am

Full Committee
Senate Hearing Rm 3
J.A. Cherberg Building
Olympia, WA

Public Hearing:  
  1. SB 5262 - Concerning the lodging tax.
  2. SB 5325 - Concerning the definition of a rural county for public facilities' sales and use tax purposes.
  3. SB 5334 - Concerning public facilities' grants and loans.
  4. SB 5429 - Increasing accountability for the tax preferences for manufacturing machinery and equipment by requiring a net benefit to the state and deferring sales and use tax.
  5. SB 5468 - Modifying the definition of tourist for the purposes of the lodging tax.
  6. SB 5529 - Creating a sales tax holiday for back-to-school clothing and supplies.
  7. SB 5533 - Fostering economic development through revitalization of abandoned and vacant properties. (Hearing is on the Proposed Substitute.)

If draft bills, proposed substitutes, or striking amendments are to be heard, they can be obtained from committee staff or on the committee's website, http://www.leg.wa.gov/Senate/Committees/TRED/Pages/default.aspx, as soon as they are available. Possible executive session on bills heard in committee. Other business.



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Transportation -  02/14/13  3:30 pm

Full Committee
Senate Hearing Rm 1
J.A. Cherberg Building
Olympia, WA

Work Session:  Columbia River Crossing project update.

Public Hearing:  
  1. SB 5088 - Concerning the equal distribution of votes within certain taxing districts.
  2. SB 5502 - Requiring Columbia river crossing project tolling agreements to contain certain provisions.

Executive:  
  1. SB 5622 - Concerning the taxation of large airplanes.
  2. SB 5627 - Concerning the taxation of commuter air carriers.
  3. ESB 5430 - Modifying the distribution and use of aircraft excise taxes.

Possible executive session on bills heard in committee. Other business.



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Ways & Means* -  02/14/13  3:30 pm

Full Committee
Senate Hearing Rm 4
J.A. Cherberg Building
Olympia, WA

REVISED on 2/8/2013 at 1:53 PM

Public Hearing:  
  1. SB 5166 - Concerning fiscal reform.
  2. SB 5248 - Creating a tax on plastic shopping bags.
  3. SB 5039 - Increasing revenues dedicated to basic education purposes.
  4. SB 5042 - Narrowing the business and occupation tax deduction for investment and related income.
  5. SB 5041 - Implementing recommendations related to the tax preference review process conducted by the joint legislative audit and review committee and the citizen commission for performance measurement of tax preferences.
  6. SB 5043 - Narrowing the property tax exemption for intangibles.

Possible executive session on bills heard in committee. Other business.



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