Distracted Driving, Net Pens On Agenda For Washington 'Committee Days'

Nov 9, 2017

Washington lawmakers will return to the Capitol next week for “Committee Days” in advance of next January’s regular legislative session. Distracted driving and salmon net pens will be on the agenda.

Lawmakers will get an update on Washington’s new distracted driving law, which has been in effect since July. The law prohibits drivers from holding and operating their phones and other devices—even while stopped at a traffic light.

There will also be a review of last summer’s collapse of a net pen near holding more than 150,000 farmed Atlantic salmon.

Other topics on the agenda for committee days include, the rising cost of health insurance and prescription drugs, cybersecurity for smartphones and the impact of Canadian milk pricing policies on U.S. farmers.

Lawmakers will also get a briefing on the implementation of a new law that requires gun dealers to report when someone tries to buy a gun and fails a background check.

Washington's 2018 legislative session will convene January 8.