Josh Weiss

5
Mar

Olympia Update – Week 9

Last week in Olympia was one of the more dramatic in a long time, culminating in the Governor’s veto of the legislature’s attempt to largely exempt themselves from the Public Records Act. Adding to the drama, two bills that WSAC was gravely concerned about, wrongful death, and occupational disease presumptions died on Friday’s cutoff to move bills from the opposite

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19
Feb

Weekly Roundup – Week 7

Both the House and Senate will release proposed supplemental operating budgets this week. The State Economic and Revenue Forecast Council released its quarterly revenue forecast last Thursday, predicting that budget writers would have another $650 million in the current biennium and $671 million in the next biennium. State revenues have grown by 15% in the last two years. Rumors have

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12
Feb

Olympia Update – Week 6

  Both the House and Senate are under pressure to pass bills to the other chamber by 5:00 Wednesday which is the next cutoff. The Senate worked several hours on Saturday but mostly approved Gubernatorial appointments. The fact that neither chamber passed many bills this weekend indicates that Wednesday’s cutoff will be the death of a very large number of

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5
Feb

Olympia Update – Week 5

The Legislature’s fiscal committees have been the focus of attention for the last several days, with the cutoff to move bills from Appropriations, Ways and Means, Capital Budget, and Finance on Tuesday. With extremely limited time to hear bills, it is clear that this cutoff will be even more impactful than last week’s policy committee cut-off. The House and Senate

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