2020 Washington Legislature, Day 12 of 60
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OLYMPIA, Jan. 24, 2020 — Welcome to Friday and the end of Week 2.
Today there’ll be talk about honoring a special clam and about requiring healthy drink alternatives with children’s meals.
We’ll get to those in a moment.
• On Thursday, hours after a shooting in downtown Seattle left one dead and seven wounded, lawmakers took action on a variety of gun-related measures.
The Democratic majority on the Senate Law and Justice Committee advanced bills limiting the capacity of ammunition magazines to 10 rounds, requiring training to obtain or renew a concealed pistol license and establishing an Office of Firearm Violence Prevention.
Then the House approved legislation giving the Washington State Patrol an option to destroy guns it’s seized or whose owners forfeited them for one reason or another and never retrieved them when they could. Opponents want the state to sell the weapons and use proceeds for agency needs. Martha Belisle of The Associated Press covered the day’s developments.
What we’re writing and reading
• If you’re like me, you’ve not spent as much time following the impeachment trial as you had planned. Democrats conclude their case Friday, and Republicans can start presenting theirs this weekend. Here’s Politico’s recap of what happened Thursday.
• In Memoriam: Jim Lehrer, a co-founder of the “PBS Newshour,” has died. Lehrer’s nine life and rules, as shared by PBS.
• It’s moving day for the lemonade-stand bill. A House committee will vote on the measure that says children can operate a beverage stand — where the beverages are all non-alcoholic — without a permit.
• And today is Youth Climate Day. Many young people will be in the Capitol pressing lawmakers for action on climate bills.
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Beat reporters: Jerry Cornfield (Herald) | Rachel La Corte (AP) | Joseph O’Sullivan (Times) | Jim Brunner (Times) | Melissa Santos (Crosscut) | Jim Camden (Spokesman-Review) | Austin Jenkins (NW News Network) | James Drew (News Tribune)