Tag: State Senate

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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22
Jan

Olympia Update – Week 3

There are only 10 business days for legislative policy committees to hear and move bills before the first committee cutoff. The closer we get to this cutoff, the more hectic the pace becomes. WSAC will be covering dozens of hearings this week.  The House Appropriations Committee will be considering legislation supported by WSAC last year; HB 2006 (Koster) provides additional

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21
Jan

LSC Visits Olympia

Olympia, WA – Last Thursday the Legislative Steering Committee (LSC) held their first committee meeting of the year at the Capitol Campus. With ten new members joining LSC this year, the agenda included briefings on communication strategies and legislative priorities before face-to-face meetings with legislators.  WSAC Priorities One of WSAC’s legislative priorities this session is to secure full funding for

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19
Jan

Senate Set to Act on Voting Rights

This morning, on a mostly partisan vote, the Senate passed the Voting Rights Act HB 6002.  Concerns voiced by County Auditors resonated with the Chamber as evidenced by an amendment sponsored by Sen. Darnielle that removed the most problematic provisions pertaining to ranked choice voting.   Otherwise, the bill remains unchanged.  The House is yet to pull their version to

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