Legislative Update from Olympia
03 April 2015
SECOND CHAMBER POLICY COMMITTEE CUT-OFF PASSES
HB 1713 AMENDED, PASSED OUT OF COMMITTEE
23 DAYS REMAINING IN REGULAR SESSION
The second chamber policy committee cut-off date (House bills in Senate, Senate bills in House) passed Wednesday, 1 April. The three bills we are currently following have all passed out of their policy committees.
ESHB 1713, the bill that would add chemical dependency to the list of firearm disqualifiers, was amended in the Senate Human Services Committee to delete firearm-related language. At this point the bill has no impact from a firearms perspective.
ESHB 1713 still has to clear the Senate Ways & Means Committee because of its fiscal impact. SBs 5381 and 5658 are in House Rules awaiting a full House vote. That should happen in the next week.
The session is winding down. The principal controversy at this point is the split between the Senate and House budget bills. That’s the reason for the long (105) day session. The Republican-controlled Senate has planned what is essentially a balanced budget. The Democrat-controlled House (and Governor Inslee) want more than $1 BILLION in tax increases. Surprise, surprise!
|Mental health/guns||Cody (D-34)||S. W&M|
|Return of firearms held by law enforcement||Billig (D-3)||H. Rules|
|Reporting of mental health commitment||Dansel (R-7)||H. Rules|
* indicates change in status this week
ESHB = Engrossed Substitute House Bill, SHB/SSB = Substitute Bill (bill amended in committee), HB = House Bill, SB = Senate Bill, H. Aprop = House Appropriations, H. Jud. = House Judiciary, S. L&J = Senate Law & Justice, S. HumSer = Senate Human Services, Mental Health & Housing
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