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Legislative Update – Week 5

Welcome to Week 5 of the 2015 Legislative Session!

The bill count as of February 12th is now at 2,035.  Any guesses on how many will actually make it to the Governor’s desk for signing?  We’ll see!

The first cutoff is coming right up, which is when bills must be out of their original policy committee (February 20th).  Closely following that, bills have to be out of the fiscal committees by February 27th.  Getting these moving bills heard and passed within a week is often a scramble, and a number of bills inevitably won’t make it through.  Many will, however, and a number of the bills that come out of a policy committee may be turned into a budget proviso and become part of the law (for the duration of the life of the budget, which will be two years) through that avenue.  In any case, there are many steps in the process, and getting bills across the finish line can be a significant challenge.

We are in a time of session when many bills are being amended.  While we will attempt to indicate whether or not a particular bill has been amended prior to passage out of committee (or off the floor), it is possible we will miss some.  We will not be capturing the content of all of the amendments, but rather will focus on amendments to a much smaller number of bills.

Heads up!  In case there is any confusion over our Bill Tracker, we have bills from the last several legislative sessions so you can reference new bills and even compare them with old bills.  All bills from the 2015 legislative session appear first, but you can also filter bills on the right side of the screen to quickly find bills from the legislative year or category/issue that you’re most interested in.  If you ever have any issues finding a bill, you can also search all bills by sponsor, bill number, keyword, etc.  Please don’t hesitate to send us an email at info@partnersforourchildren.org if you have any problems using our Bill Tracker.

Interested in attending an Advocacy Day?  Tuesday, February 17th is Housing and Homelessness Day in Olympia, and Friday, February 27th is Youth Advocacy Day.  The Capitol Campus is host to many other advocacy days as well.  In fact, it seems like pretty much every day of the week there is at least one group raising awareness of their key issues.

Questions?  Curious about something you see or don’t see in the update?  Let us know

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Have a good weekend!

Laurie Lippold

Public Policy Director