Legislative Update from Olympia
24 April 2015
GOOD NEWS: LEGISLATURE ADJOURNS TWO DAYS EARLY
THEY’LL BE BACK!
GOVERNOR CALLS SPECIAL SESSION
ESHB 1713 IN TROUBLE
GOAL POST WILL CONTINUE
Having failed to agree on a biennial budget, the legislature adjourned from its 2015 regular session this evening, two days ahead of the constitutionally-mandated limit of 105 days. But they’ll be back!
Governor Inslee has called for up-to-a 30-day special session, to begin Wednesday, 29 April. The principal focus of the special session will be the budget, but once convened, they may pick up any legislation they choose to work on, either from the previous session or new issues.
Senate and House budget conferees continue to meet during the four-day interim, so the special session MAY consist of a quorum call on Wednesday, a fast vote in both chambers on an agreed-upon budget, and a quick close that same day. But that’s not the way to bet. It’s all about revenue: the Republican-controlled Senate passed a budget that is limited to existing revenues; the Democrat-controlled House wants tax increases. Recall that candidate Inslee said, “No new taxes.” That was BEFORE he got elected.
On Tuesday, the House voted to reject the Senate amendments to Engrossed Substitute House Bill 1713 (oh, just call it HB 1713). At this point, the bill goes to a conference committee to iron out disagreement, followed by a concurrence vote in both chambers, but it doesn’t appear that happened before adjournment tonight. Technically the bill is dead for this session, but it could be revisited during the special session… or next year. Although the offensive gun language was stripped out, it would be better if the bill just went away.
I normally shut GOAL Post down after the end of the session. Obviously, with the special session continuing in a few days, GP will continue to be published. I’ll also be publishing alerts throughout the remainder of the year, if/as the situation warrants. One subject that is sure to be covered is the special election to be held November 3rd to fill the seat in the 30th Legislative District (Federal Way and surrounding area). A win in that district, currently held by a Democrat, would put the Republicans within one seat of control of the state House of Representatives.
|Mental health/guns||Cody (D-34)||House Rejected
|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. W&M = Senate Ways & Means
At this point, there is no published agenda for next week.
LEGISLATIVE HOT LINE: You may reach your Representatives and Senator by calling the Legislative Hotline at 1-800-562-6000. Toll free!!! The hearing impaired may obtain TDD access at 1-800-635-9993. Also toll free!!!1-800-562-6000 TDD 1-800-635-9993
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. 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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