All bills not related to the budgets must have passed out of their house of origin by Wednesday at 5 pm. As a result, many bills died and the focus of session continues to narrow. From here forward, the pace of session will pick up significantly. Cutoff brought mixed results for WSAC. Good bills passed, but good bills also died.
What do you get for someone who appears to have everything? There are several helpful guides out there, online and in magazines, that profess to know how to surprise even the most difficult person to shop for. But none of those lists can help you give what every lobbyist in Olympia wants this time of year. Have you got it
Milestones will come quicker now that we’ve passed the halfway mark in the 105-day session. Having passed the house of origin policy and fiscal committee cutoffs, we spent this week and will spend half of next week focused on floor action. Both the House and Senate have been working late into the evenings, sometimes until 11 pm or later, and
The legislature passed another major milestone on Friday, the date of the first fiscal committee cutoff. Bills had to be moved out of the fiscal committees – House Transportation, Finance, Capital Budget, and Appropriations; and Senate Transportation and Ways and Means – in order to keep moving this session. However, while no bill is ever truly dead until the legislature