State Sen. Jan Angel is sponsoring eight bills that were scheduled for public hearings this week.
“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,” Angel, R-Port Orchard, stated in a news release. “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.”
The bills include:
• SB 5995, which 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.
• SB 5996, which would allow online learning for students who seek licensing in cosmetology, manicuring, barbering, esthetics and instruction. It also would help students complete their training and secure a job in a timelier manner.
• SB 5997. Originally a constituent-request bill, it 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.
• SB 5998, which would allow “first-class cities” with populations between 10,000 and 400,000 the authority to employ warrant officers under city police department jurisdiction. It was requested by the Bremerton Police Department.
• SB 6149, which would protect non-emergency Medicaid transportation brokers against fraud and abuse of subcontractors.
• SB 6317, which would use a stratified random sampling method would to improve the process to determine the prevailing wage rate.
• SB 6060, which would require water purveyor systems be considered and informed when forming or changing a Growth Management Act plan.
• SB 6207, which clarifies current law and would protect certain water facilities that charge a moorage facility or boat ramp fee. It was requested by the City of Gig Harbor.