Legislative Update from Olympia
10 April 2015
NRA ANNUAL MEETING AND CONVENTION IN NASHVILLE
7 APR FISCAL COMMITTEE CUT-OFF
15 APR CHAMBER CUT-OFF
BUDGET ISSUE: DOL FUNDING
This issue of the GOAL Post is late because I was in Nashville along with 78.864 other NRA members attending the NRA annual meeting and convention (I helped staff the Second Amendment Foundation booth.) Also in attendance were 13 Republican presidential hopefuls, each of whom was given ten minutes to explain to NRA members why they would be the best choice for gun owners next year.
The only absent face was Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, whose absence was explained by conflicting reasons.
No matter the reason, libertarian-leaning Senator Paul is probably closer to the top of the list than the bottom when it comes to Second Amendment support.
Tuesday, 7 April was the second chamber fiscal committee cut-off.
The only bill affected was ESHB 1713.
ESHB 1713 passed out of the Senate Ways & Means Committee and now awaits a vote of the full Senate.
SSB 5381 was amended on the House floor and passed the House on a 97-0 vote (one member excused).
That bill now awaits Senate concurrence in the House changes.
SSB 5658 still awaits a floor vote in the House.
(When a bill is amended in the opposite house (Senate bill in the House, House bill in the Senate), if/after passing the second chamber it must go back to the original chamber for a concurrence vote (agreeing with the other side’s change).
If the original chamber does NOT concur, it has to go to a conference committee, made up of members from BOTH chambers to iron out the details, then to a concurrence vote by both chambers.
Nobody said it was easy!)
The next cut-off is Wednesday, 15 April, when all bills must pass their second chamber.
At this point it only affects ESHB 1713 and SSB 5658.
A new issue has popped up: a budget line item giving the Department of Licensing $184,000 for the biennium to fund additional personnel to handle the increased workload generated by I-594.
We’re trying to get it deleted, as it was not a part of the actual initiative language.
|Mental health/guns||Cody (D-34)||S. Rules|
|Return of firearms held by law enforcement||Billig (D-3)||S. 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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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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