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Legislative Update – Week 2

Welcome to Week 2 of the 2013 Legislative Session! 

The week was full of hearings and work sessions.  Many of the committees are taking time to learn about issues such as the Affordable Care Act, TANF, medical assistance, substance abuse treatment programs, homelessness, the operating budget, K-12 education, among others.  Additionally, numerous bills were heard and more were introduced!   Bills must be out of their committee of origin by February 22nd which means  over the next few weeks there will be a big push to hear and exec (act on bills in committee) a lot of bills. 

Coming up next week are several work sessions of particular interest:

House Appropriations Subcommittee on Education 

  • Jan. 30, 1:30:  Dept. of Early Learning update on Race to the Top grant, Home Visiting, and the Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program.

House Early Learning and Human Services 

  • Jan. 29, 1:30:  Child Welfare Reforms, including, Family Assessment Response (FAR), IV-E Waiver, performance-based contracting, foster care savings reinvestment, Washington State Alliance for Child Welfare Excellence.
  • Jan. 31, 1:30:  Substance Abuse:  Assessment and treatment of TANF recipients.

Senate Ways and Means

  • Jan. 28, 3:30: Update on Performance-Based Contracting of Child Welfare Services.

If you are unable to attend a hearing or work session, you can always check it out by going to  Hearings and floor action are recorded and archived!

Tracking 2013 Legislation

Please visit POC’s Bill Tracker today to view the current list of bills relevant to children and families:

Have a good weekend…..
Laurie Lippold
Public Policy Director