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E-News Legislative Update Dear Friends and Neighbors, This week the Senate capital budget proposal was released and the House released their 2013-15 operating budget proposal. I’ll go into a bit more detail below. On Tuesday, we hit the cutoff date for “opposite house” fiscal committees, so we are now back on the floor... Read More...
E-News Legislative Update Dear Friends and Neighbors, This has been “budget week” here in the Senate. As a member of the Senate Ways and Means Committee, it has meant many long hours and late nights. On Wednesday, we introduced two bipartisan budget proposals that lay out a responsible and sustainable plan for the... Read More...
E-News Legislative Update Dear Friends and Neighbors, On Tuesday, the Majority Coalition Caucus announced a proposal to fund higher education. I participated in the press conference announcing the plan, along with Senators Michael Baumgartner and Doug Ericksen. You can watch coverage of the press conference by clicking HERE. I think Washington has been... Read More...
E-News Legislative Update Dear Friends and Neighbors, The Senate passed 278 measures by the March 13 “cutoff” deadline. This means that bills that were not approved by a full Senate vote by Wednesday at 5 p.m. will not continue on in the legislative review process (except those that are necessary to implement the... Read More...
E-News Legislative Update Dear Friends and Neighbors, Last week marked the halfway point for this year’s legislative session. We were on the floor all day, every day hearing and voting on bills to decide which ones will move to the House of Representatives for consideration. Did you know that you can watch live... Read More...
E-News Legislative Update Dear Friends and Neighbors, Thank you for joining me for another weekly update! Friday marked the first major milestone of the 2013 session – our first cutoff date. This means that hundreds of bills that were not approved by their assigned committees will not move forward in the legislative consideration process.... Read More...
E-News Legislative Update Dear Friends and Neighbors, Most of the action during the Senate’s fifth week of work was still happening at the committee level, where bills continue to receive public hearings and “executive action.” Executive action refers to a committee’s decision whether to recommend passage of a measure or not. The committees... Read More...
E-News Legislative Update Dear Friends and Neighbors, The Legislature has just passed the halfway mark of the time allotted for its policy committees to complete their first round of work. In the Senate, that means our 13 policy committees have two weeks left to act on Senate bills (the two fiscal committees always... Read More...
E-News Legislative Update Dear Friends and Neighbors, Our Majority Coalition Caucus (MCC) was prepared to vote on several good job-creation bills last Wednesday. As the majority, we had enough votes to pass bills that would improve the state workers’ compensation system. The reforms will help Washington employers stay in business and possibly grow,... Read More...
E-News Legislative Update Dear Neighbors and Friends, The second week of the legislative session has been even busier than the first week! Bills are being introduced every day and most of my committees are still in work sessions. Work sessions are helpful during the first few weeks of a new legislative session because... Read More...