Senate committees will be hard at work passing bills this week with policy cutoff arriving Friday. The Senate will also return to the floor on Wednesday and Senate budget writers will announce their ideas for the 2021-23 Operating budget on Thursday.
FAIR START FOR KIDS ACT
Monday, March 22
The Early Learning & K-12 Committee will hold a public hearing on House Bill 1213, the Fair Start for Kids Act, a policy which would open up access to childcare and early learning programs for kids across Washington. The policy would be paid for through the capital gains tax (SB 5096). HB 1213 passed the House 58-38 on March 9. Here’s more information on the Fair Start for Kids Act and Capital Gains from the Spokesman Review.
STOPPING PUPPY MILLS
Tuesday, March 23
The Committee on Business, Financial Services & Trade will hear public testimony on House Bill 1424, blocking the expansion of retail sales of dogs and banning retail sales of cats. This is an effort to stop the puppy-mill-to-pet-store pipeline of dogs and cats into Washington from outside the state. You can read more about the issue here from KIRO TV. The bill passed the House on March 7, 68-30.
Wednesday, March 24
The Health & Long Term Care Committee will hear public testimony on House Bill 1152, which would establish comprehensive health service districts across Washington. The bill cleared the House on a 56-41 vote on March 8. You can read more about this policy here from the Bellevue Reporter.