The budget deal announced on Thursday is now posted online for the public to view (read the summary here). The Senate Ways and Means committee has scheduled an 8:30 a.m. hearing on Friday — watch live on TVW.
Gov. Jay Inslee said he believes the House and Senate will vote on the budget before 5 p.m. Friday. Both chambers are scheduled to be on the floor at 10 a.m. Stay tuned to TVW to watch the floor action. The Senate will be streamed online here, and the House will be streamed here.
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On Thursday, the House OK’d the gas tax on the second try, this time with a vote of 51 to 41. The same package narrowly failed on Wednesday. Three lawmakers changed their vote to help it pass: Rep. Kevin Van De Wege, Rep. Brian Blake and Rep. Marko Liias. Liias has always supported the package, but initially voted “no” so that he could bring it back up for reconsideration under procedural rules.
The $10 billion dollar transportation package will raise gas taxes by 10.5 cents. It would put $1 billion into maintaining bridges and highways, and another $3.2 billion into major projects, such as the Columbia River Crossing and State Route 167/509. It’s unclear when — or if — the Senate will vote on the revenue package.
Also Thursday, the House unanimously approved DUI bill that targets repeat offenders. The Senate passed the measure earlier in the week, and it now heads to the governor’s desk for his signature.
Under the legislation, drunk drivers will be required to have an ignition interlock device installed in their vehicle upon their second offense. It also creates a sobriety program that would require repeat offenders to undergo alcohol monitoring on a daily basis.