2017-2018 Legislative Bulletin

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Feb

E2SHB 1783 Continues Forward with Funding

On Saturday, February 24th the Senate Ways & Means Committee heard E2SHB 1783 (Holy). This bill prohibits courts from imposing court costs on defendants who are indigent and eliminates interest accrual on non-restitution portions of legal financial obligations. We testified as “other” on this bill because we do not oppose the policy, but rather the resulting cost to counties.  However,

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26
Feb

Natural Resources, still a focus in the Legislature

The Marbled Murrelet study bill, HB 2285 that establishes an advisory group under the Commissioner of Public Lands at DNR to study the impacts of an adopted Marbled Murrelet Habitat Conservation Plan is scheduled for “exec” of Ways and Means this week. We need the Senate to pass it off the floor and match the House budget with funding for

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26
Feb

Transportation and Public Works – Week 6

Today is day 44 of the 60 day legislative sessions.  Capital, operating, and transportation budgets are being rolled out with the first hearing on the Senate capita budget held yesterday.  Hearings on the operating and transportation budgets are scheduled for today. The Senate supplemental capital budget makes increases in a number of projects with some new funding for projects, as

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26
Feb

Legislature Takes Action on Public Records

Legislature Decides It’s Neither Goose nor Gander with respect to the PRA. Washington lawmakers passed a bill Friday that removed themselves from the Public Records Act — deciding that emails and other documents are off-limits and making the Legislature its own gatekeeper with respect to public disclosure. SB 6617 was introduced on Wednesday, it specifies that the Public Records Act

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