It’s hard to believe that we’re half way through the session!

Cut-off for bills to be out of their respective fiscal committees was on Tuesday, Feb. 9th and with cut-off for bills to be out of the house of origin Feb. 17th, things have been moving at a rapid pace. Many bills are still in Rules, many have already died, and more will die in either Rules or on the floor of the House or Senate. There is a big push to keep bills alive; however, the cut-off for bills to be out of the opposite house policy committees is the 26th, leaving little time to hear and act on even those that make it through the house of origin.

The next revenue forecast is scheduled to come out on the 17th and it is anticipated that the House budget will be released early the following week. The Senate budget is likely to follow within a short period of time, which means negotiations will kick into high gear. The revenue forecast is key in terms of the amount of $ they have or don’t have and as mentioned previously, decisions need to be made related to McCleary. There is interest on both sides of the aisle and within the executive branch to finish on time (March 10th), but it remains to be seen if that is doable. 

As a heads up, the online bill tracker does not summarize the amended version of all of the bills. Committee materials, including amendments, can be found at leg.wa.gov under bill information. 

Hang on tight as the next month is going to be action-packed!

Thank you for your ongoing interest!