Welcome to Week 7 of the Legislative Session!
Last Friday was the cut-off for bills to be out of the policy committees in their house of origin. Today is the cut-off for bills to be out of the fiscal committees. The House and Senate fiscal committees have been hearing and passing bills all week but there are a lot more bills to act on before the cut-off.
Once out of the fiscal (or policy) committees, the bills go to Rules. They have to get out of Rules and passed by the house of origin before 5:00pm on March 13th. Those that make it begin the process again in the opposite house. The last day to consider bills in the opposite house is April 17th.
While there are some committee hearings scheduled for next week, the bulk of the time will be spent on the floor, likely going late into the night. Bills that don't make it out of their house of origin are dead. Unless, of course, they get amended onto a living bill! Because both the House Appropriations and Senate Ways and Means Committees are meeting today, this update will not indicate what happened to bills that are awaiting a vote or hearing. If you are interested in a bill or bills in particular, you can go towww.leg.wa.gov , click on bill information, type in the bill number, and scroll down for the latest info on the bill. Next week's update will identify how bills were amended by the fiscal committees and which bills are still alive.
- March 1st - Bills must be out of the fiscal committees.
- March 13th - Last day to consider bills in their house of origin; then the process begins again with bills in the opposite house!
- March - This month is also when the next revenue forecast will take place, which will be followed by the release of the Senate, then House budgets.
- April 28th - Last day of the regular session.
Have a great weekend!