Legislative Bulletin

22
Mar

Is the GMA Causing the Housing Crisis?

Housing, a frequent and necessary topic this session, was front and center again this week at a work session with the Senate Housing Stability and Affordability Committee. The discussion focused on how the Growth Management Act (GMA) impacts affordable housing development and local infrastructure. Presenters included the Department of Commerce (Commerce), Futurewise, The Building Industry Association of Washington (BIAW), counties

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20
Mar

Revenue Forecast Up But Taxes Still Needed

The March Economic and Revenue Forecast was released on Wednesday, March 20. The first draft of the budgets usually immediately follow, and all rumors point to a release of the House version of the operating budget as early as Monday, March 25th. The forecast is largely good news. The Near General Fund-State (Near GF-S) forecast for the 2017-2019 biennium has

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20
Mar

Wrongful Death Bill Keeps Moving, But Not Without a Fight

WSAC contract lobbyist, Mike Hoover, has kept you well informed regarding SSB 5163 – concerning wrongful injury or death this session, but it is also important to note that, while we may not carry the day on this issue, we have a great group of hardworking people doing their best to make sure our concerns are well understood. To that end,

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18
Mar

House of Origin Cutoff Update

All bills not related to the budgets must have passed out of their house of origin by Wednesday at 5 pm.  As a result, many bills died and the focus of session continues to narrow. From here forward, the pace of session will pick up significantly. Cutoff brought mixed results for WSAC. Good bills passed, but good bills also died.

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