Another fast-paced week, full of hearings, the introduction of new bills, lobby days, work sessions, floor action, and more.  A number of committees are already in the process of taking action (exec’ing) on bills since the cut-off for bills to be out of their committees of origin is February 5th.  The week of the 25th is a key week for hearing bills, and the following week will be a week primarily for exec’ing bills.  Then a few more days for fiscal bills to be heard/exec’d in House Appropriations or Senate Ways and Means, then on to the floor!

The big news late this week was the decision by the King County judge that I-1366 (the Eyman initiative that was passed this past November) is unconstitutional.  It is very likely the proponents of the initiative will appeal to the Washington State Supreme Court, which would then need to make a ruling, but the decision yesterday was a significant step toward final resolution on the constitutionality of the initiative.

We hope that you are finding our new Bill Tracker easy to use and informative.  And, just in case it isn’t clear, there are a couple of ways to access information – you can sort all bills by legislative session, status (in progress, passed, died, etc.), topic, or simply by bill number or keyword.  Our goal was to make it easy for you to more quickly find the information you are looking for.  If you have any questions about the new Bill Tracker, don’t hesitate to email us at info@partnersforourchildren.org.

Don’t forget, the Legislative Information Center, aka Bill Room, has a lot of great resource information, as well as leg.wa.gov.  Please let us know if you need help accessing what you are looking for!

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Have a great week!

 

Laurie Lippold
Public Policy Director