Josh Weiss

29
Jan

First Cutoff Looms

This week promises to move quickly as Friday is the last day for policy committees to act on bills. Sponsors and advocates alike will be anxious to see their bills move forward and increasingly concerned as Friday approaches. Many of the measures we are working on have already moved from their policy committees. Our main concern this week is whether

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22
Jan

Olympia Update – Week 3

There are only 10 business days for legislative policy committees to hear and move bills before the first committee cutoff. The closer we get to this cutoff, the more hectic the pace becomes. WSAC will be covering dozens of hearings this week.  The House Appropriations Committee will be considering legislation supported by WSAC last year; HB 2006 (Koster) provides additional

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15
Jan

Olympia Update – Week 2

This is only the second week of session, but in a 60-day session, this week marks the halfway point to the first committee cutoff. Committee hearings are in full swing, and every day there are dozens of new bills introduced. Both chambers are moving priority bills forward quickly, including breakfast after the bell, legal financial obligations, and the Voting Rights

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14
Jan

Proposal to Create Districts in Spokane County

Legislation aimed at forcing Spokane County to add two additional county commissioner districts (HB 1535) is gaining traction again this year. The bill was introduced last year and made it out of committee but never onto the House floor. Last week the House State Government, Elections, and Information Technology Committee heard the measure again and is likely to move it

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