GOAL Post 2017-Special 3
Legislative Update from Olympia 19 May 2017
SPECIAL SESSION ENDS IN IMPASSE
SECOND SPECIAL SESSION CONVENED
CRITICAL SPECIAL ELECTION AHEAD
The first special session ended earlier this week without budget resolution. Therefore the governor called them back immediately into a second special session. We’re now four days into the second 30-day special session.
As I have reported in the past, those bills that did not pass the legislature during the previous session – bills that died in committee or awaiting a floor vote — are still alive for legislative purposes. They can be called back and acted on in any subsequent session during the biennium (2017-2018). As a general rule, his does not happen, but it is something we need to be alert to. Those bills (more than 2,000 of them) are effectively frozen in place, and the bills are annotated “BY RESOLUTION, REINTRODUCED AND RETAINED IN PRESENT STATUS.” This is NOT a reintroduction of the bill, nor is it an indication that any action is intended… at this time.
A critical special session will be held later this year. As a result of vacancies that occurred just after the general election last November, several seats are up for what is called “confirmation” to elect the temporary appointees. There will be special elections this year for five vacated Senate seats and three vacated House seats.
Control of the Senate rests on the Senate elections. If the Majority Coalition (24 Republicans and one conservative Democrat) lose a single seat (of the three currently held by Republicans), the Democrats take control of the Senate. At that time it’ll be a race to see what happens first: more gun control bills or higher taxes (the race will likely result in a tie, with both passing).
The three districts with Republican incumbents that need to hold their seats are in the 7th (northeast Washington), 31st (south King/north Pierce counties) and the 45th (north King/south Snohomish counties). The biggest fight will be in the 45th, and probably also the 31st. The 7th is a safe Republican district.
A Primary Election will be held on Tuesday, 1 August. The General Election is on Tuesday, 7 November.
More specifics in the next GOAL Post (probably in two weeks).
BILL STATUS/GOAL POSITION:
Nothing to report.
PUBLIC HEARINGS SCHEDULED:
Contact information for your Representatives may be found at http://app.leg.wa.gov/districtfinder or at http://leg.wa.gov/House/Pages/MembersByDistrict.aspx. 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). Each bill’s web page contains a link to any public hearing at the bottom of the page.
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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