7
Mar

Transportation & Public Works – Week 9

Last Friday was the cutoff for bills to be passed by the opposite house.  The legislature is in its final week of the session which ends on Thursday, March 8th.  Bills that were amended before they were passed one chamber must again be passed by the opposite as the final legislation, or amendments must be withdrawn, or a conference committee

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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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12
Feb

Transportation and Public Works Legislative Update – Week 6

House and Senate fiscal bills that didn’t pass out of their respective Appropriations and Ways & Means Committees were added to the pile of dead bills for the session. A caveat to this is that a bill that is deemed necessary to implement the budget can be resurrected or inserted into an omnibus bill later in the session. Unfortunately, SHB

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5
Feb

Transportation & Public Works – Week 4

After the cutoff for policy-related bills last Friday, several bills from last session and this session are dead.  The cut-off for fiscal bills is tomorrow, February 6th, so any bills not receiving a hearing or being moved out of committee will likewise be dead for the session. Rep. Wilcox’s bill to fund fish barrier removals, SHB 2902, has not been heard

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