Welcome to Week 8 of the 2013 Legislative Session!

Since Monday, most of the activity has been on the floor of the House and Senate. The Rules committees have also been busy --- pulling bills out of Rules and onto the floor calendars... a necessary part of the legislative process! Cut-off for bills to be out of their original house (unless they are deemed necessary to implement the budget, NTIB) is 5:00 on March 13th. On Thursday, March 14th, committee hearings resume and there will be a scramble to meet the next deadline: April 3rd, when bills must be out of the policy committee in the opposite house.

Because bills are being passed throughout the day/night, this update will only be able to provide information on the status of bills as of March 7th. Information on bills that come up for a vote on March 8th and beyond will be included in the March 15th update.

If a bill failed to get out of the policy committee in its original house, it has been removed from the update.... At least for the most part! So, if you don't see a bill that has previously been included in the update, that's why!

A few work sessions of interest taking place next week...

  • March 14th, 8:00 am - Early Learning and Human Services: WA State Child Well-Being Data Portal (presentation by Partners for Our Children); Braam Settlement (presentation by the plaintiffs, DSHS, representative of the Braam panel)
  • March 15th, 1:30 pm - Early Learning and Human Services: Childhood obesity

Cut-Off Dates Reminder:

  • March 13th - Last day to consider bills in their house of origin
  • April 3rd - Bills must be out of the policy committee in the opposite house
  • April 9th - Bills must be out of the fiscal committee in the opposite house
  • April 17th - Last day to consider bills from the opposite house
  • April 28th -- Last day of the regular session
  • Also, the next revenue forecast will come out around March 20th. We can expect to see the first budget (since the budget Governor Gregoire released) sometime thereafter. 
 
POC's Bill Tracker is fresh with updates. Take a look!

  

Have a great weekend!

Laurie Lippold
Public Policy Director