While the rest of the state celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Day, state lawmakers worked through the holiday and filed a number of bills on topics ranging from veterans to motorcycle helmets.
On Monday, state Sen. Don Benton, R-Vancouver, filed Senate Bill 5143, which would remove mandatory helmet use for motorcycle riders age 18 or over. So far, the bill has bipartisan support; three of 11 sponsors are Democrats.
Attending state universities and community colleges could become much easier for veterans if legislators approve Senate Bill 5179, filed by Sen. Paull Shin, D-Edmonds. The bill would eliminate the one-year waiting period required for veterans to become eligible for in-state tuition.
A bill filed by Rep. Mike Hope, R-Lake Stevens, would provide short-term and crisis care for children removed from their homes by child care and law enforcement authorities. House Bill 1261 states that placing a child in foster care can sometimes take several days, and the centers created by the bill would give a children a place to stay while their needs are assessed. So far, Hope is the bill’s only sponsor.