Skip to content

Posts from the ‘Legislation’ Category

21
Feb
Washington Capitol

Week 6: First Leg Session Milestone Reached

Legislators in Olympia last week cleared the first milestone of the session – policy committee cutoff. Friday was the deadline for policy bills in both houses to be voted out of their policy committees. Amid the scramble, week 6 of the legislative session heard testimony and voting on several bills of interest to the WSBA.

Read more

31
Jan

Week 3: Coporate Act, Guardianship on the WSBA Docket

Washington's flag
Early floor action addresses basic education issues, property crimes, and bill proposals to change state public records laws.

Washington's Capitol in OlyThe third week of the legislative session included early floor action to address basic education issues, committee hearings involving property crimes, and bill proposals to change Washington’s public records laws. The state Senate also experienced some changes to its membership with two appointments to positions within the new presidential administration. Sen. Brian Dansel, R-7, resigned his seat immediately thereby creating a virtual tie in the state Senate (24 Republicans; 24 Democrats).

Read more »

23
Jan

Week 2: State Legislature Digs into Real Property and Business Regulations

Washington's flag
Week 2 of the state Legislature ended with bill introductions, committee hearings, and press conferences probing the budget.

Washington's Capitol in OlyFriday ended Week 2 of the 2017 Washington State Legislative Session and a healthy round of bill introductions, committee hearings, and press conferences probing the process of budget-sausage making. Both fiscal and policy committees continued to hold hearings to flesh out a variety of issues, including increasing penalties for driving under the influence, legal financial-obligation changes, the Voting Rights Act, and matters related to cyber security.

Read more »

13
Jan

State Legislature Gavels in a New Session with Focus on Funding

Washington's flag
State lawmakers began their 2017 regular session under heavy pressure to fund basic education.

Washington's Capitol in OlyState lawmakers began their 2017 session with a flurry of activity, with budgetary issues a main priority for legislators, who are under pressure to come up with a plan for funding basic education. Fiscal committees held hearings on Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee’s proposed 2017-2019 budget. Policy committees opened hearings on statewide civil legal aid services, and legislators introduced bills on issues ranging from water rights to administrative procedures. Newly-elected members of the Legislature, statewide offices, and the Supreme Court were sworn in.

Read more »

9
Jan

And They’re Off! State Legislature Begins Heavy Session

Washington's flag
The 2017 regular legislative session is now underway in Olympia. Read on to see the WSBA’s legislative agenda.

Washington's Capitol in OlyThe 2017 regular legislative session is now underway in Olympia. Lawmakers have significant issues to tackle this year, including closing a budget deficit upwards of $5 billion that encompasses fully funding basic education under the McCleary decision, mental health obligations, and other emergent public policy needs.

Read more »