By this post’s title, you’d think we were in a sordid film. But really we were in the House Republican Caucus room for the GOP’s weekly media availability. Notable highlights:
1. Several bills to change the gun purchase background-check expansion, the recently passed Initiative 594, were heard Monday in committee hearings. But Rep. Shelly Short, R-Addy, said they aren’t likely to get out of committee in the Democratic-controlled House, much less pass a floor vote or arrive at the governor’s desk. “My understanding is the chair of the House Judiciary Committee is not intending on moving on any of the bills,” Short said.
2. The Senate Ways and Means Committee approved the GOP’s marijuana reform bill Monday evening, and a hearing will be held on the Democratic proposal. “It’s scheduled for a hearing Friday in Commerce and Labor,” said Senate Majority Leader Mark Schoesler, of the proposal by Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles, D-Seattle.
3. There’s been chatter in Olympia for weeks that the two parties are close to striking a deal on a transportation package (one of which died last year) to fund maintenance and new projects across the state. Schoesler wouldn’t give specifics, but said GOP lawmakers will be briefed Tuesday afternoon on what’s been transpiring between Transportation Committee Chair Sen. Curtis King, R-Yakima, and the ranking minority member, Sen. Steve Hobbs, D-Lake Stevens.
4. A supplemental budget for 2013-15 budget cycle that provides money to cover the Oso mudslide, the season’s wildfires and mental health and child protection programs is scheduled for a floor vote Thursday in the Senate. A version already passed the House.
5. Sen. Judy Warnick, R-Moses Lake, complained about the slowdowns and temporary shutdown of West Coast ports over contract negotiations and its impact on Eastern Washington. But, “We’ can’t do an awful lot about it,” said Warnick.