OLYMPIA, Wash., JANUARY 11, 2021 – The 2021 legislative session kicks off today, with opening ceremonies in the Senate (11AM) and House (12PM).  No committee hearings today, those start tomorrow, January 12, 2021.  

Below are links to TVW coverage — these links are good both live and after in our archive, where they can be shared, embedded, downloaded.  Once an event ends, it takes a while for it to be ingested into our archives, but that nearly always happens same day, generally in an hour or two (but depends on length).  

WA State Supreme Court

At 9:30 am, the WA Supreme Court swears in newly elected justices, as well as Steven Gonzalez as the new chief justice.

WA State Senate

WA State House

UPCOMING LEGISLATIVE HIGHLIGHTS

TUESDAY 12th

Business, Financial Services & Trade1/12/2021 8:00 AM
Public Hearing:

 SB 5077 – Providing authority to licensed companies to allow licensed mortgage loan originators to work from their residences without the company licensing the residence as a branch office of the company. (Remote testimony.) (If measure is referred to committee.)

Law & Justice1/12/2021 10:30 AM

Public Hearing: SB 5024 – Reducing barriers to condominium construction. (Remote testimony.) (If measure is referred to committee.)

Agriculture, Water, Natural Resources & Parks1/12/2021 1:30 PM

Work Session:

1.   Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) coastal steelhead rules.

2.   WDFW draft grazing guidance.

Ways & Means1/12/2021 4:00 PM

Public Hearing:

1.   SB 5092 – Making 2021-2023 fiscal biennium operating appropriations. (Remote testimony.) (If measure is referred to committee.)

  1. K-12 public schools. (Remote testimony.)
  2. Higher education. (Remote testimony.)
  3. Early learning. (Remote testimony.)
  4. Employee compensation. (Remote testimony.)
  5. Mental health. (Remote testimony.)
  6. Human services. (Remote testimony.)
  7. Natural resources. (Remote testimony.)
  8. All other. (Remote testimony.)

2.   SB 5091 – Making 2019-2021 fiscal biennium second supplemental operating appropriations. (Remote testimony.) (If measure is referred to committee.)

3.   SB 5084 – Concerning state general obligation bonds and related accounts. (Remote testimony.) (If measure is referred to committee.)

4.   SB 5083 – Concerning the capital budget. (Remote testimony.) (If measure is referred to committee.)

  1. K-12 public schools. (Remote testimony.)
  2. Higher education. (Remote testimony.)
  3. Human services. (Remote testimony.)
  4. Natural resources. (Remote testimony.)
  5. All other. (Remote testimony.)

WEDNESDAY 13th

Environment, Energy & Technology
1/13/2021 8:00 AM

Public Hearing:

1.   SB 5000 – Creating a hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle pilot sales and use tax exemption program. (Remote testimony.) (If measure is referred to committee.)

2.   SB 5008 – Extending the business and occupation tax exemption for amounts received as credits against contracts with or funds provided by the Bonneville power administration and used for low-income ratepayer assistance and weatherization. (Remote testimony.) (If measure is referred to committee.)

Health & Long Term Care1/13/2021 8:00 AM

Public Hearing: SB 5018 – Concerning acupuncture and Eastern medicine. (Remote testimony.) (If measure is referred to committee.)

Housing & Local Government1/13/2021 10:30 AM
Public Hearing:

1.   SB 5012 – Providing a local government option for the funding of essential affordable housing programs. (Remote testimony.) (If measure is referred to committee.)

2.   SB 5033 – Limiting the property tax exemption for improvements to single-family dwellings to the construction of accessory dwelling units. (Remote testimony.) (If measure is referred to committee.)

Labor, Commerce & Tribal Affairs1/13/2021 10:30 AM

Public Hearing: SB 5061 – Concerning unemployment insurance. (Remote testimony.) (If measure is referred to committee.)

THURSDAY 14th

Housing & Local Government1/14/2021 8:00 AM
Work Session: Department of Commerce programming.

  1. Introduction and updates on the landlord mitigation and tenancy preservation programs.
  2. Update on rental assistance programming and funding.

Public Hearing: SB 5079 – Extending the closure notice period for manufactured/mobile home communities. (Remote testimony.) (If measure is referred to committee.)

Law & Justice1/14/2021 10:30 AM
Executive Session: SB 5024 – Reducing barriers to condominium construction. (If measure is referred to committee.)

Public Hearing: SB 5009 – Enacting the uniform public expression protection act. (Remote testimony.) (If measure is referred to committee.)

Agriculture, Water, Natural Resources & Parks1/14/2021 1:30 PM

Public Hearing: SB 5045 – Establishing a state meat and poultry inspection program. (Remote testimony.) (If measure is referred to committee.)

Ways & Means1/14/2021 4:00 PM

Public Hearing: SB 5096 – Concerning an excise tax on gains from the sale or exchange of certain capital assets. (Remote testimony.) (If measure is referred to committee.)

FRIDAY 15th 

Health & Long Term Care1/15/2021 8:00 AM
Work Session: The impact of COVID-19 on health care service delivery.

Behavioral Health Subcommittee to Health & Long Term Care1/15/2021 10:30 AM

Public Hearing:

1.   SB 5073 – Concerning involuntary commitment. (Remote testimony.) (If measure is referred to committee.)

2.   SB 5071 – Creating transition teams to assist specified persons under civil commitment. (Remote testimony.) (If measure is referred to committee.)

3.   SB 5074 – Establishing safe station pilot programs. (Remote testimony.) (If measure is referred to committee.)

State Government & Elections1/15/2021 10:30 AM

Executive Session:

1.   SB 5002 – Addressing the state auditor’s duties and procedures. (If measure is referred to committee.)

2.   SB 5013 – Concerning local redistricting deadlines. (If measure is referred to committee.)

Public Hearing:

1.   SB 5014 – Clarifying the state offices for which elections to fill a vacancy may appear on the ballot in odd-numbered years. (Remote testimony.) (If measure is referred to committee.)

2.   SB 5015 – Concerning fraudulent portrayal of ballot drop boxes. (Remote testimony.) (If measure is referred to committee.)

4.   SB 5082 – Reestablishing the productivity board. (Remote testimony.) (If measure is referred to committee.)

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