Working to transform the child welfare system.

Welcome to Week 12 of the 2013 Legislative Session!

Last week the release of the Governor’s budget.  This week the release of the Senate budget.  Next week… the House budget?  Stay tuned!

The Senate budget was released and heard on April 3rd, amended and passed by the Ways and Means Committee on April 4th, and is expected to be passed by the Senate today, April 5th.  After the House budget is released, heard, and passed by the House, negotiations will begin to resolve their differences and reach agreement on a final budget.  How long that takes is anybody’s guess; however, the regular session ends on April 28th, so if agreement has not been reached by then, there will be a special session (or sessions).  The Governor is responsible for calling a special session, which can commence immediately after the regular session concludes, or could be called sometime later if the parties remain far apart.  We’ll see!

Unlike the Governor’s budget, the Senate budget did not include new revenue.  As a result, there were more cuts and fewer adds in the Senate’s proposal, given the need to increase K-12 funds, address the existing deficit, and balance the budget.

Highlights from Governor Inslee’s and the Senate’s budget priorities:

Children’s Administration

Family Assessment Response (FAR)

Performance Based Contracting (PBC)

Child Protective Services

Educational Coordinators

Adoption Support Payments

Administrative Efficiencies

Extended Foster Care

Powell Fatality Team

Aging and Adult Services

Kinship Caregivers

Economic Services

WorkFirst Reduction

Household Size

Reduce WorkFirst Partners

TANF Redesign Caseload

Reduce Child Care Cap

Reduce/Modify Safety Net Programs

Early Learning

Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program

Home Visiting

Reach Out and Read


Expand Full-Day Kindergarten

Reduce Class Size for Kindergarten and First Grade for all High-Poverty Schools

Ensure Third Grade Literacy

Dropout Action Plan Grants

Consolidate Grants and Programs


In Other News…. 

The cut-off for bills to be out of the policy committee in the opposite house was the 3rd, and the cut-off for bills to be out of the fiscal committees is the 9th.  Beyond that, there are two more cut-offs: April 17th for bills to be out of the opposite house and April 28th – Sine Die!

It is common for committees in the opposite house to amend bills that have come over from the other side.  While this update may include changes made in the opposite house policy committees, it will not include such information for all of the bills.  That the bill has been amended in committee will, at minimum, be identified.

Cut-Off Dates Reminder:

Laurie Lippold
Public Policy Director