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The clock is ticking! Policy committees approaching key deadline Today the Legislature will reach an important deadline; it is the last day policy committees can vote on Senate bills. Next Tuesday, Feb. 6, is the last day for Senate fiscal committees (Ways and Means; Transportation) to vote on Senate bills that have an effect on the state budget. …It... Read More...
A taste of the Tri-Cities in Olympia The 2018 legislative session is approaching an important deadline. Next Friday, Feb. 2, is the last day for Senate committees to take action on their own bills, except for bills with a cost attached that will impact state budgets (those bills have until Feb. 6 to see committee action). With... Read More...
Standing up for rural Washington I am pleased to report that two measures we voted on, in a Thursday night session, will have a tremendous benefit for our entire state, our district and especially our friends in rural Washington. After months of debate, the Legislature finally approved a fix to the Supreme Court’s disastrous Hirst... Read More...
2018 Session underway! The 2018 legislative session is underway, and things are already moving along quickly at the Capitol. This is a “supplemental” budget year, meaning the Legislature is tasked with making mid-course corrections to the 2017-19 budget. We will also be working on a variety of other topics, including access to well... Read More...
Is $8 billion in new taxes just a fantasy for House leaders? Today is the 101st day of the 2017 legislative session — just four days away from what should be the end of our work this year. Instead, the Legislature will likely be called back next Tuesday into a “special session,” because the Senate and House of Representatives have not approved... Read More...
Finishing strong… House approves Brown bills We’re one week closer to the end of the 2017 regular legislative session, but at this point it’s tough to tell whether we’re closer to coming to agreement on a budget and associated policy bills. There’s still quite a bit up in the air. That will be the case even... Read More...
It’s budget season in Olympia It’s officially “budget season” in Olympia. In recent weeks the Senate approved its operating- and capital-budget plans while the majority party in the House of Representatives passed its $44.9 billion spending plan. There are some key differences between the two approaches – most notably that the Senate balances without new taxes,... Read More...
House Democrats propose $8 billion in new taxes! We are now less than one month away from the end of the 2017 legislative session. Today was the date for Senate policy committees to pass House bills – measures that must be considered by the Ways and Means and Transportation committees have another week to get through the committee... Read More...
Getting Smart on Crime Week 11 of the 2017 session is well underway and yesterday brought the Legislature to the two-thirds mark of the 105-day session. Last week a major piece of the budget puzzle came into view with the first revenue forecast of 2017. We learned that the state’s economy is continuing to... Read More...
Week 10 of the 2017 Legislative Session There are just five-and-a-half weeks to go in the 2017 regular legislative session. Several of my bills have already received hearings in the House of Representatives, and other bills related to budget are receiving hearings in the Senate Ways and Means Committee. …This week the House Committee on Commerce and Gaming endorsed my... Read More...