Legislative Bulletin

13
Apr

Fire in the Senate

A major hearing took place this week in the Senate as the Ways and Means Committee heard SB 5996 for the first time. This bill, known as the Wildfire Prevention and Suppression Act, was recently proposed and is intended to create a dedicated program for providing funding to improve the fire-fighting capabilities of our state’s Department of Natural Resources (DNR)

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13
Apr

What to Expect in the Final Two Weeks

As we move into the second-to-last week of the 2019 regular legislative session, legislators are busy working to get bills off the House and Senate floors before the Wednesday cutoff deadline. Bills must be out of their opposite houses of origin by Wednesday, or they are dead for the session. There are always exceptions, notably if a bill if “necessary

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13
Apr

Affordable and Supportive Housing

One of the bills that we have been strongly supportive of this session, SHB 1406, currently sits in the Ways & Means Committee. This bill would authorize local governments to enter into a revenue-sharing partnership with the state for affordable housing over a period of 20 years so as to allow the funds to be bonded. The revenue sharing mechanism

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8
Apr

It’s Negotiation Time!

We are now at that point in session when all of the budget proposals have been released and passed by their respective chambers. Now is the time for the real negotiation to begin. Conference Committees As with any bill, when the two houses cannot agree on what the bill should say, the bill will go to a conference committee. Members from

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