Welcome to Week 4 of the 2013 Legislative Session! 

As we move closer to cut off, more committees are scheduling bills for executive action (the committee vote on the bill) and there are fewer and fewer briefings/work sessions.  Next week is packed with hearings --- including hearings on a number of bills that are summarized in the Bill Tracker.  And, while hearings will continue into the week of the 18th, committees will likely spend the majority of their time exec’ing bills.  FYI, if you see that a committee is holding an executive session to take action on bills, it is still open to the public.  

While discussions about the budget continue, there is not much to report at this time!  It will likely be a while (March?) before things really heat up in the budget realm -- that’s when the next revenue forecast comes out.  In the meantime, bills with a fiscal impact that pass out of policy committees will be sent to the Appropriations Committee in the House and the Ways and Means Committee in the Senate.  Their fate in the respective budget committees is unknown, however, in the past, bills have passed out of the fiscal committees, subject to funding in the budget.  We will know soon how the 2013 budget committees deal with the numerous policy bills that make their way to them!

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

House Appropriations

  • Feb. 12th, 3:30pm:  Briefing on DSHS Children's Administration, Department of Early Learning, and Economic Services

House Finance

  • Feb. 11th, 1:30pm:  Overview of the Joint Task Force on Education Funding’s work to address revenue necessary to fund basic education under the Mccleary court decision

If you are unable to attend a hearing or work session, you can always view it by visiting TVW.org.  Hearings and floor action are recorded and archived! 

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

 partnersforourchildren.org/policy/bill-tracker

 

Have a good weekend..... 

Laurie Lippold
Public Policy Director