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Update from Olympia: WSBA’s Request Legislation and More Headed to the Governor

The final weeks of the Washington state legislative session are marked by long nights on the chamber floors as legislators vote on bills from the opposite house before the April 17 cutoff and push to pass legislation by April 28, the last day of the scheduled regular session. WSBA’s request legislation—Senate Bill (SB) 5003—was a […]

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Corporation Act, Court Modernization, and Death Penalty Repeal on Deck for 2019 Legislative Session

Another legislative cycle is upon us! The 2019 session—scheduled to last 105 days—began Jan. 14. The next several weeks in Olympia are likely to be interesting as Democrats have increased their majorities in both the state House of Representatives and the state Senate, leading to talk of ambitious legislative proposals. During most sessions, WSBA supports […]

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Legislative Update

Long days and late nights marked this week in Washington’s Legislature. 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 […]

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Legislative Update

It’s been a busy first half of the 2018 Washington legislative session! The big news out of Olympia: lawmakers resolved the contentious water rights issue that stalled the budget for months, allowing Gov. Jay Inslee to sign a $4.2 billion capital budget that pays for construction projects across the state.

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Let the Session Begin!

Another legislative cycle is upon us. The 2018 session – scheduled for 60 days – began Monday, Jan. 8, and promises to be interesting. Democrats will enjoy majorities in both the House and the Senate, but margins are thin enough that bipartisan support will be needed on many key issues.

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It’s a Wrap! Highs & Lows from Olympia

The 2018 legislative session is over. The 2018 legislative session is over. The Legislature officially adjourned sine die on Thursday, March 8, following a flurry of activity. After passing a capital budget and resolving a contentious water rights issue early in the 60-day session, lawmakers tackled a number of priorities leading up to the Thursday […]

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Highlights & Accomplishments in the Legislative Session

The 105-day 2019 regular session, the biennial “long session” in the Washington state Legislature, has come to an end. From the beginning in Jan. 14 through adjournment on April 28, legislators passed a myriad of policy measures, as well as a new 2019-2021 state operating budget (including plans for increased higher-education spending and a rebuild […]

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