Josh Weiss

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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8
Jan

2018 Pre-Session Update

First Week of Legislation Session This week the 2018 legislative session began, only six months after the close of the last session. 2018 is supposed to be a “short”, fast-paced, 60-day session where instead of a full-blown budget package, only supplemental changes are made to the budget. The question on everyone’s mind this year is whether the Legislature will, in

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