The Feb. 14 house of origin cutoff is in the rear-view mirror and bills are moving quickly in advance of the March 8 session end date! The top remaining priorities for legislators this session include unveiling supplemental budget proposals and finding a state funding solution for K-12 teacher salaries.
Here are some highlights and updates from the WSBA Legislative Affairs team:
WSBA’s request legislation – Senate Bill 6040 –passed the Senate unanimously and is now being considered in the House. Yesterday, the bill cleared the House Judiciary Committee with a “do pass” recommendation and will likely be scheduled for a floor vote in the next several days. The measure, which was proposed by the Corporate Act Revision Committee of the WSBA Business Law Section, would allow corporations to remotely hold shareholder meetings like other major corporate law jurisdictions such as Delaware.
The WSBA Board of Governors Legislative Committee voted this week to support House Bill 1896, a measure to expand civics education in public schools. The bill is moving through the Senate and is currently being considered in the Ways and Means Committee.
SB 6002, a measure to enact the Washington voting rights act of 2018, has been placed on second reading awaiting a floor vote in the House. This bill is supported by the Civil Rights Law Section of the WSBA.
SB 6052, a measure to eliminate the death penalty, moved out of the House Judiciary Committee with a “do pass” recommendation. This bill is supported by the Civil Rights Law Section of the WSBA.
Only a few weeks remaining this session! Stay tuned and please get in touch with comments or questions.