GOAL Post 2017-15
Legislative Update from Olympia 14 April 2017
SECOND CHAMBER CUT-OFF PASSES
TWO WEEKS LEFT IN REGULAR SESSION
BILLS PASS HOUSE, SENATE
HB 1501 GAMES
KOSTER AMENDMENTS RULED OUT OF ORDER
For most bills, the legislative session effectively ended Wednesday at 5 p.m. The remaining two weeks focus on budgets and reconciliation between differences in bills as passed by each chamber (e.g. House bill amended in the Senate or vice versa).
HB 1612 passed out of the Senate and SB 5268 passed the House.
And then there is HB 1501, reporting of NICS denials. The bill died in the Senate on Wednesday, but apparently the plan is to amend it into one of the budget bills, which are still open to amendment. Under Washington law, bills must be limited to a single subject and amendments outside the scope of the bill cannot be made. This is the excuse they used to block the CPL transfer amendment to SB 5552. So I don’t see how HB 1501 fits a budget bill. We’ll know in a week or so.
(Let me throw in here what happened to the Koster Amendments to SB 5552, that would have added CPL holders to the exemptions in I-594.. The amendments were offered on the floor, but ruled out of order by House Democrat leadership. In no way were the amendments out of order. But “leadership” makes the final decision. The House Democrat leaders weren’t about to allow us to make a mediocre bill into a solid pro-gun bill.)
We are essentially down to four bills at this point: HB 1100 or SB 5268, the CPL renewal notice bills. Both bills were amended in the second chamber so one of the two must gain concurrence vote) in its original chamber before it goes to the Governor.
HB 1612, suicide prevention, was amended in the Senate, so we’re awaiting a House concurrence vote.
SB 5552 was amended in the House, so must pass a concurrence vote in the Senate.
BILL STATUS/GOAL POSITION:
SHB 1100 CPL renewal notice
Blake (D-19) Passed SUPPORT
HB 1501 Illegal purchase of firearms
Hansen (D-23) Died SUPPORT
2SHB 1612 Suicide prevention
Orwall (D-33) Passed SUPPORT
SB 5268 CPL renewal notice
Takko (D-19) Passed SUPPORT
SB 5552 Certain exemptions to I-594
Pedersen (D-43) Passed SUPPORT
L&J = Law & Justice, Jud = Judiciary, HumSer = Human Services, Aprop = Appropriations, Fin = Finance, W&M = Ways & Means “S” before a bill number indicates Substitute (amended).
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