Legislative Update from Olympia
17 April 2015
SECOND CHAMBER CUT-OFF
BILLS MOVE, DIE
9 DAYS LEFT IN SESSION
SPECIAL SESSION LIKELY
SPECIAL ELECTION UPCOMING
The second chamber cut-off passed on Wednesday, and with it, one more bill died: SB 5658. HB 1713 was amended in the Senate, so it has to either receive a concurrence vote in the House or go to a conference committee to hammer out language both sides can agree on. SB 5381 just went through that process, with the Senate concurring in the House amendment. In all three cases, there is nothing in any of the bills to concern gun owners.
We have nine days left in the regular session. Per the state constitution, the legislature MUST adjourn by midnight, Sunday, 26 April. The fat lady has been spotted on the Capitol Campus, I think in the cafeteria, practicing a few arias.
The primary purpose of the odd-year regular session is passage of a biennial budget. Hence the 105 day length vice the 60 allowed for the short session. There is significant disagreement between the Republican Senate and the Democrat House over several budget issues, especially as they regard major tax increases. Miracles do happen, but the chance of agreement being reached in the next nine days is somewhere between slim and none.
So it looks like we’re headed for a special session. If negotiations appear close, they may start a special session right away. If not, they’ll likely go home for a few weeks to cool off, relax, have back-room discussions, and then come back to hammer out an agreement.
Speaking of special events, there is a special election coming up in November. Rep. Roger Freeman (D-30) passed away just a couple of days before the regular election last November. In fact, his name was on the ballot and on paper at least he was reelected. He was replaced by an appointed member, Rep. Carol Gregory (D). Gregory must run for confirmation in November. Teri Hickel (R) has filed to run against Gregory. Teri is the interim CEO Of the Federal Way Chamber of Commerce, so she has a good grasp of issues in the 30th District, and should pose a solid challenge to Gregory. More on this race as the year progresses. Teri’s web site is currently being rebuilt, but you can see her Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Teri-Hickel/362492700619693
|Mental health/guns||Cody (D-34)||Awaiting House Action|
|Return of firearms held by law enforcement||Billig (D-3)||To Governor|
|Reporting of mental health commitment||Dansel (R-7)||Died – 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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