Goal Post 2015-13 Legislative Update from Olympia 03 April 2015

GOAL Post

2015-13

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!

BILL STATUS:

*ESHB 1713
Neutral
Mental health/guns Cody (D-34) S. W&M
SSB 5381
NEUTRAL
Return of firearms held by law enforcement Billig (D-3) H. Rules
SB 5658
NEUTRAL
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

HEARING(S) SCHEDULED:

None

LEGISLATIVE HOT LINE:  You may reach your Representatives and Senator by calling the Legislative Hotline at 1-800-562-6000 FREE.  Toll free!!!  The hearing impaired may obtain TDD access at 1-800-635-9993 FREE.  Also toll free!!!

1-800-562-6000 FREE   TDD 1-800-635-9993 FREE

OTHER DATA:  Copies of pending legislation (bills), legislative schedules and other information are available on the legislature’s web site at “www.leg.wa.gov“.  Bills are available in Acrobat (.pdf) format.  You may download a free version of Adobe Acrobat Reader from Adobe’s web site (http://www.adobe.com).  You may also obtain hard copy bills, initiatives, etc, in the mail from the Legislative Bill Room FREE OF CHARGE by calling 1-360-786-7573.  Copies of bills may also be ordered toll free by calling the Legislative Hotline at (800) 562-6000 FREE.  You may also hear floor and committee hearing action live at http://www.tvw.org/ (you need “RealAudio” to do this, available free at the TVW web site).

By reading the House and Senate “bill reports” (hbr, sbr) for each bill, you can see how individual committee members voted.  By reading the “roll call” for each bill, you can see how the entire House or Senate voted on any bill.  The beauty of the web site is that ALL this information is available, on line, to any citizen.

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Upcoming WAC gun show(s):

Monroe              4 April (Saturday only)
Puyallup            25-26 April

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