Legislative Bulletin

28
Apr

A Quick Rundown of Human Services & Public Safety Budgets

In the 2019-2021 biennial budget, the State invested a significant amount of money in the behavioral health system. Whether that funding is sufficient is yet to be seen because of the many, complex factors involved, including finalizing integration, and issues related to the state hospitals, capacity, staffing, and Trueblood. In the capital budget, $119.9 million is dedicated to community-based behavioral

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28
Apr

Washington’s Inconvenient Truth

They asked us for help. We answered the call and put our own resources into the fight and our reputations on the line. They took our help, passed their bill, and then stabbed us in the back. I hope they don’t expect a thank you. In late March, WSAC was invited to a meeting with several other organizations including ports,

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22
Apr

Nothing Left But the Big Stuff

The legislative session passed its last major hurdle before the end of session – Wednesday was the cutoff for bills needing to pass out of their opposite house. All that is left is for bills that were amended to be approved or rejected by their original house. That, and all of the big stuff the legislature has not yet gotten

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22
Apr

Final Stretch!

This week brought a lot of news, as the final weeks of Session often do. The wrongful death bill, SB 5163, was passed by the House and is expected to be signed into law by the Governor shortly. Despite coming close, we were unable to get any changes to the bill to limit liability to only the amount for which

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