5
Mar

HB 2006 Dies

Budget and Finance HB 2006 regarding fiscal flexibility for counties appears to be dead for this legislative session. As a reminder, this bill would have removed nonsupplant language from the mental health sales tax and the levy lid lift statutes. It also would have moved the veterans and developmental disabilities out of the county general fund. The bill made it

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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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5
Feb

Employment & Finance Bills

Employment On Saturday, the House Appropriations Committee heard HB 2633, sponsored by Rep. Doglio (D-Olympia), adding certain medical conditions to the presumption of occupational diseases for police and firefighters. Police and firefighter representatives testified in favor of the bill while staff from the Association of Washington Cities and WSAC opposed the bill. WSAC staff testimony was focused on the local

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28
Jan

Week 4 – Employment & Finance

Employment Last week, the House Labor and Workplace Committee passed HB 2633, sponsored by Rep. Doglio (D-Olympia), adding certain medical conditions to the presumption of occupational diseases for police and firefighters. The bill passed on a vote of 5-2. The Senate Labor and Commerce Committee passed SB 6213 on a vote of 5-3, sponsored by Senator Ranker (D-Orcas Island), the

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