Legislative Bulletin

27
Mar

Will the legislature tax e-cigarettes?

This week the House Finance Committee will consider move one of two bills that would tax vapor products often referred to as e-cigarettes.  Public health advocates support this tax because the excise tax helps to address youth access by making the products less affordable for youth.  The bill sponsors also see a need for revenue to offset another policy bill

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23
Mar

HCA Will Implement SSB 6430

HCA Will Implement SSB 6430 (2016) as Scheduled As you are all aware, on March 9, 2017 the Health Care Authority (HCA) announced that it would not be able to implement the program to suspend, rather than terminate, medical assistance benefits for persons who are incarcerated by July 1, 2017.  Rather, they announced that they would be “pausing” the program, specifically

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20
Mar

Senate Transportation Budget Released

Senate Releases Proposed 2017-19 Transportation Budget The Senate released its nearly $8.7 billion spending plan for the 2017-19 biennium today.  The plan includes an increase of $166 million over the February 2016 forecast. The budget provides $9.7 million for 2017-19 along with $25.1 million in direct distributions to counties that was adopted under the Connecting Washington Act in 2015. These funds are in addition

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20
Mar

Olympia Update – March 20, 2017

The Legislative Steering Committee met in Olympia last Thursday and was the centerpiece of the week for WSAC. A special thanks go out to the seven Legislators who sat down with the entire LSC: Representatives Sullivan, McBride and Gregerson, and Senators Fain, Pederson and Miloscia. We asked all of the Legislators where they stand on WSAC’s three Legislative priorities, and

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