News Today in Olympia
posted by January 21 at 9:08 AMon
Sen. Karen Keiser’s (D-33, Kent) bill to create a healthcare plan that will cover all state residents by 2012 “through the private health care sector” is getting a hearing today at 1:30. (Along with her Plan B bill, this is one of Sen. Keiser’s bills that I hyped in a column this week laying out some high expectations for the Democrats this session.)
Keisers’s co-sponsor on the health care bill is Seattle-area Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles (D-36, Ballard).
With about 600,000 uninsured adults in Washington, it’s not encouraging that the bill doesn’t identify a funding source.
Another bill in play todayóno number yet, so I can’t link itódeals with WASL. The K-12 Education Committee is hearing a bill that looks at “using multiple measures to meet high school requirements.”
I talked to several offices at the beginning of the session last week because I’d heard chatter that there was bi-partisan support to snuff WASL. Everybody was vague about it, though. We’ll see if this bill-without-a-number offers some clarity.
Meanwhile, both the Senate and Transportation committees are meeting this afternoon. These are committees to keep your eyes on.
Last week, I slogged that Senate Transportation Chair, Sen. Mary Margaret Haugen (D-10, Camino Island), was circulating a draft bill that would dissolve Sound Transit.