Last Thursday the Senate Ways & Means Committee heard SB 6031, sponsored by Sen. Van de Wege.  This bill separates the Veterans’ Assistance Levy from the county general levy. It further protects the levy from pro-rationing under the $5.90 limit. 

WSAC testified in favor of the bill, as did Commissioners Helen Price Johnson and Randy Johnson.  Commissioner Gelder also provided testimony in writing. This bill would be of great value to counties as it would mean that veteran’s programs would no longer have to compete for money with other county obligations paid for out of the general levy. 

A similar, but different, Veterans’ Assistance Levy bill, HB 2739, sponsored by Rep. Chapman, will be heard in the House this Wednesday.

This bill provides counties with two options:

(1) keep the veteran’s levy as it currently stands; or

(2) by way of a councilmanic vote, opt to impose a separate levy.  If a county opts to impose a separate levy, it will be eighth, and last, with regard to pro-rationing.

WSAC will be testifying in support of this bill as well. 

Juliana Roe comes to WSAC with almost a decade of experience working as non-partisan staff in the Washington State Senate. She has a strong legal background and knowledge of our court system as she served as a law clerk for Chief Justice Alexander for the Washington State Supreme Court, as well as a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for the Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office. Juliana received her Juris Doctorate from Seattle University School of Law, and her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Washington. She represents WSAC on issues relating to public safety, law and justice, and human services.