OLYMPIA — This week, Sen. Jan Angel hustled from one committee meeting to the next to give her personal testimony in support of legislation she is sponsoring this year. Of her eight bills scheduled for public hearings this week, four were on the Senate calendar Monday.
“Everything seems to happen all at once during short sessions – there is no time to waste with only 60 days to work bills through the system,” said Angel (R-Port Orchard). “But I’m not complaining! I’m pleased that so many of my bills are receiving committee hearings. Let’s have a discussion – that’s all I’m asking.
“Many of these bills clarify or streamline current laws, and often times they give more authority back to the local governments. It’s not a practice of mine to sponsor bills just to sponsor them. My personal checklist says bills need to clean up, clarify, or save money.
“I work for the people of this state and more specifically, the people of the 26th Legislative District. I’m pleased that three of these eight pieces of legislation address issues brought to my attention by my concerned constituents.”
The eight bills Angel is sponsoring are:
• Senate Bill 5995 – This measure would give local municipalities the authority to make decisions about the best type and use of sewage systems in urban growth areas under unusual circumstances. The bill received a hearing before the Senate Governmental Operations Committee Monday.
• Senate Bill 5996 – Under this bill, online learning would be offered for students seeking licensing in cosmetology, manicuring, barbering, esthetics, and instruction. Angel appreciates the flexibility online learning offers, particularly for students maintaining work and family obligations. The bill would also help students complete their training and secure a job in a timelier manner. The Senate Commerce and Labor Committee listened to testimony about it Monday.
• Senate Bill 5997 – Originally a constituent-request bill, this measure deals with the legal responsibilities of a nonparent. The bill would allow a man to file a court petition to rescind paternity if genetic testing proves he is not the biological father of the child. Currently, there is no process in place to help men in this situation. The bill’s public hearing was before the Senate Law and Justice Committee Monday.
Senate Bill 5998 – This bill was requested by the Bremerton Police Department and would allow “first-class cities” with populations of 10,000 or more, but under 400,000, the authority to employ warrant officers under city police department jurisdiction. The bill was heard by the Law and Justice Committee on Monday.
• Senate Bill 6149 - This measure would protect nonemergency Medicaid transportation brokers against fraud and abuse of subcontractors. The bill is scheduled to have a public hearing Wednesday in the Senate Commerce and Labor Committee.
• Senate Bill 6317 – Under this bill, a stratified random sampling method would be used to improve the process to determine the prevailing wage rate. The bill’s hearing is scheduled Wednesday before the Senate Commerce and Labor Committee.
• Senate Bill 6060 – This measure would require water purveyor systems be considered and informed when forming or changing a Growth Management Act plan. The bill is scheduled for a hearing Thursday in the Senate Governmental Operations Committee.
•Senate Bill 6207 – This bill was requested by Gig Harbor. It clarifies current law and would protect certain water facilities that charge a moorage facility or boat ramp fee. The hearing for the bill is scheduled Thursday before the Senate Natural Resources and Parks Committee.