Here’s our mid-week round-up:
- Several lawmakers appear to be considering new gun laws in Washington state in the wake of the Sandy Hook mass school shooting. Rep. Jamie Pedersen, D-Seattle, told The Seattle Times he believes there’s bipartisan support for tougher gun laws for juveniles and committing dangerous individuals — but not much else. Meanwhile, Rep. Liz Pike, R-Camas, wants to allow trained teachers to carry guns in the classroom. Read the story here.
- Schools chief Randy Dorn wants state lawmakers to amend the charter school law so that his office oversees the new schools. The law, which voters approved in November, creates a new commission charged with supervising charter schools — a move that Dorn says is unconstitutional. Dorn will discuss the issue, among other topics, on this week’s “Inside Olympia” with Austin Jenkins on Jan. 10 at 7 & 10 p.m.
- Rep. Gary Alexander, R-Olympia, is among three candidates in the running to replace Kim Wyman as Thurston County auditor. Wyman leaves the office next week to become Secretary of State. Thurston County Republicans named Carol Person as their first choice for the job, Alexander as their second choice, and Yelm Mayor Ron Harding third, according to The Olympian.
- TVW will be live Thursday with the Associated Press Legislative Preview starting at 9 a.m. The event includes a leadership panel with presumed Senate Majority Leader Rodney Tom and Senate Democratic Leader Ed Murray, as well as an education funding panel and Gov.-elect Jay Inslee. Watch live on TV, or at this link.