The Week Ahead is a list of bills up for public hearings and committee work sessions that HRC staff has identified as potentially noteworthy. This is not a list of all bills being heard.

Please note that bills may be added to or removed from the committee meeting agendas after this list is released. Click on the bill number or check leg.wa.gov for the latest information.

If you would like to take action on any of these bills:
  • (P) Submit your position
  • (WC) Submit your position plus your written comments
  • (RT) Testify remotely
  • (IPT) Testify in person before the committee
Watch any committee hearing or work session at tvw.org.

This list is for informational purposes only. The inclusion of a bill should not be construed as support or opposition to that legislation by HRC staff.

Monday, Jan. 22

  • Recalculating Sentences Increased by Juvenile Convictions – Hearing on HB 2065 (Sterns) – Comm. Safety @  1:30 PM (P) (WC) (RT) (IPT)
  • Educator Ethics and K-12 Complaints – Hearing on HB 1239 (Santos) – Education @ 1:30 PM (P) (WC) (RT) (IPT)
  • Supporting the Educator Workforce – Hearing on HB 1565 (Ortiz-Self) – Education @ 1:30 PM (P) (WC) (RT) (IPT)
  • Salmon Recovery/Waste Discharge Fees – Hearing on HB 2290 (Dye) – Environ. @ 1:30 PM (P) (WC) (RT) (IPT)
  • Carbon Sequest./State-Owned Lands – Hearing on HB 2333 (Reeves) – Environ @ 1:30 PM (P) (WC) (RT) (IPT)
  • Regulating Refrigerants – Hearing on HB 2401 (Duerr) – Environment @ 1:30 PM (P) (WC) (RT) (IPT)
  • Expanding Eligibility/Nat. Guard Postsecondary Grants – Hearing on HB 1943 (Leavitt) – Approps. @ 4:00 PM (P) (WC) (RT) (IPT)
  • Increasing Payments/Emergency Medical Transportation Services – Hearing on HB 1980 (Reed) – Approps. @ 4:00 PM (P) (WC) (RT) (IPT)

Tuesday, Jan. 23

  • Adverse Possession – Hearing on HB 2140 (Griffey) – Civil Rights & Judiciary @ 8:00 AM (P) (WC) (RT) (IPT)
  • Dependency Outcomes – Hearing on HB 2383 (Eslick) – Civil Rights & Judiciary @ 8:00 AM (P) (WC) (RT) (IPT)
  • Employee Childcare/B&O Tax Credits – Hearing on HB 1716 (Rule) – Finance @ 8:00 AM (P) (WC) (RT) (IPT)
  • Child Welfare Caseworker Safety – Hearing on HB 2407 (Couture) – Human Serv. @ 8:00AM (P) (WC) (RT) (IPT)
  • Avian Predation/Salmon – Hearing on HB 2293 (Wilcox) – Ag. & Nat. Resources @ 10:30 AM (P) (WC) (RT) (IPT)
  • Defining Frontier Counties – Hearing on HB 1835 (Kretz) – Innovation @ 10:30 AM (P) (WC) (RT) (IPT)
  • Digital Equity – Hearing on HB 2313 (Gregerson) – Innovation, Comm. Dev. & Vets @ 10:30 (P) (WC) (RT) (IPT)
  • Adopt-a-Waterway Program – Hearing on HB 2400 (Orcutt) – Innovation @ 10:30 AM (P) (WC) (RT) (IPT)
  • Helping Wildfire Victims Rebuild – Hearing on HB 1899 (Volz) – Local Gov. @ 10:30 AM (P) (WC) (RT) (IPT)
  • State-Administered Retirement Plans – Hearings on HB 2244 (Reeves) (P) (WC) (RT) (IPT) & HB 2437 (Santos) (P) (WC) (RT) (IPT) – Consumer Protection and Business @ 1:30 PM
  • Free 1st Year of Comm. College – Hearing on HB 2309 (Bergquist) – P.S. Edu. @ 1:30 PM (P) (WC) (RT) (IPT)
  • Free 2 Years Comm. College – Hearing on HB 2374 (Pollet) – Postsecondary Edu. @ 1:30 PM (P) (WC) (RT) (IPT)
  • Allowing Judges to Reduce Original Sentences – Hearing on HB 2001 (Simmons) – Comm. Safety @ 4:00 PM (P) (WC) (RT) (IPT)
  • Eluding Police Vehicles & Resisting Arrest – Hearing on HB 2390 (Shavers) – Comm. Safety @ 4:00 PM (P) (WC) (RT) (IPT)
  • Strangulation or Suffocation Assaults – Hearing on HB 2395 (Griffey) – Comm. Safety @ 4:00 PM (P) (WC) (RT) (IPT)
  • Vape Detectors in Schools – Hearing on HB 1922 (Couture) – Education @ 4:00 PM (P) (WC) (RT) (IPT)
  • Banning Cell Phones in Schools – Hearing on HB 2018 (McClintock) – Education @ 4:00 PM (P) (WC) (RT) (IPT)
  • Holocaust and Genocide Education – Hearing on HB 2037 (Couture) – Education @ 4:00 PM (P) (WC) (RT) (IPT)
  • School Curriculum Adoption Require. – Hearing on HB 2331 (Stonier) – Education @ 4:00 PM (P) (WC) (RT) (IPT)
  • Parent Represent. for Curriculum Adoption – Hearing on HB 2398 (Walsh) – Edu. @ 4:00 PM (P) (WC) (RT) (IPT)

Wednesday, Jan. 24

  • Disposing of Human Remains – Hearing on HB 1974 (Abbarno) – Civil Rights @ 8:00 AM (P) (WC) (RT) (IPT)
  • Allowing Minors to Contract for Housing & Utilities – Hearing on HB 2016 (McClintock) – Civil Rights @ 8:00 AM (P) (WC) (RT) (IPT)
  • Tax Modification for County Hospitals – Hearing on HB 2348 (Street) – Local Gov. @ 8:00 AM (P) (WC) (RT) (IPT)
  • Wildfire Protection & Mitigation – Hearing on HB 2330 (Reeves) – CP & Business @ 1:30 PM (P) (WC) (RT) (IPT)
  • Pharmacists’ Prescriptive Authority – Hearing on HB 2116 (Thai) – Health Care @ 1:30 PM (P) (WC) (RT) (IPT)
  • Guaranteed Admissions Prgm. – Hearing on HB 2077 (Reed) – Postsecondary Edu. @ 1:30 PM (P) (WC) (RT) (IPT)
  • Extending Licensure/Long-Term Care Workers – Hearing on HB 2339 (Chambers) – Postsecondary Education 1:30 PM (P) (WC) (RT) (IPT)
  • Degree Require./State Employ. – Hearing on HB 2216 (Cheney) – State Gov. @ 1:30 PM (P) (WC) (RT) (IPT)
  • Ranked Choice Voting – Hearing on HB 2250 (Gregerson) – State Gov. @ 1:30 PM (P) (WC) (RT) (IPT)
  • Increasing Fees for Physician Health Prgm. – Hearing on HB 1972 – Approps. @ 4:00 PM (P) (WC) (RT) (IPT)
  • Court Interpreter Rules & Procedures – Hearing on HB 2006 (Peterson)– Approps. @ 4:00 PM (P) (WC) (RT) (IPT)
  • Ban on Less Than Energy Efficient Tires – Hearing on HB 2262 (Street) – Transpor. @ 4:00 PM (P) (WC) (RT) (IPT)

Thursday, Jan. 25

  • Criminal Penalties & Restitution for Graffiti – Hearing on HB 1800 (Barkis) – CSJR @ 8:00 AM (P) (WC) (RT) (IPT)
  • Violence at Schools & Athletic Activities – Hearing on HB 2079 (Schmidt) – CSJR @ 8:00 AM (P) (WC) (RT) (IPT)
  • Lowering DUI Alcohol Limit to .05 – Hearing on HB 2196 (Donaghy) – CSJR @ 8:00 AM (P) (WC) (RT) (IPT)
  • Extending Special Education to 22-Year-Olds – Hearing on HB 2130 (Pollet) – Edu. @ 8:00 AM (P) (WC) (RT) (IPT)
  • Social Emotional Learning – Hearing on HB 2239 (Timmons) – Education @ 8:00 AM (P) (WC) (RT) (IPT)
  • Climate Commitment Act & Speculators – Hearing on HB 2249 (Dye) – Environ. @ 8:00 AM (P) (WC) (RT) (IPT)
  • Fossil Fuel Nonproliferation Treaty – Hearing on HJM 4003 (Street) – Environ. @ 8:00 AM (P) (WC) (RT) (IPT)
  • Expanding Urban Growth Areas – Hearing on HB 2158 (Connors) – Housing @ 8:00 AM (P) (WC) (RT) (IPT)
  • Hansen S.P. Heritage Center – Hearing on HB 2310 (McEntire) – Cap. Budget @ 1:30 PM (P) (WC) (RT) (IPT)
  • Transfer Property to Tribes for Substance Treatment & Behavioral Health –Hearing on HB 2372 (Lekanoff) – Cap. Budget @ 1:30 PM (P) (WC) (RT) (IPT)
  • School District Indebtedness – Hearing on HB 2411 (Callan) – Capital Budget @ 1:30 PM (P) (WC) (RT) (IPT)
  • Nuclear Mfg./B&O Preferential Rates – Hearing on HB 1981 (Barnard) – Finance at 1:30 PM (P) (WC) (RT) (IPT)
  • Expanding Eligibility & Modifying Rules for Individual Providers – Hearing on HB 1969 (Alvarado) – Approps. @ 4:00 PM (P) (WC) (RT) (IPT)

Friday, Jan. 26

  • Committee meetings are taking place, but we’re not highlighting any bills.