Tag: Olympia Update

25
Feb

Week 6: Policy Committee Cutoff

Friday, February 22 marked the 40th day of the 66th Legislative Session. It’s also the first important milestone of session – the house of origin policy committee cutoff. By the close of business on Friday, all bills must have moved out of their policy committee in order to continue moving forward in the legislative process. A lot of bills –

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21
Feb

Update on PRA Legislation

In a February 6th blog post, we updated you on the status of the litigation between the media and the legislature regarding whether the state’s public records act (PRA) applies to the legislative branch. At that time, Senator Jamie Pedersen, D-43, had introduced SB 5784, which added the legislature to the PRA but also allowed for a significant set of

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18
Feb

Snow Slowdown

For the first time in recent memory, the Washington State Legislature essentially closed for business on Monday, February 11 when roughly a foot of snow blanketed the capital. Hearings were canceled and bills were added to already long agendas for other hearings. Fewer bills were introduced this week as well. Whether that is a result of the weather or the

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18
Feb

First-Responder Bills Heard in House and Senate

Under the state’s industrial insurance laws, a worker who is injured during the course of employment or suffers from an occupational disease is entitled to certain benefits – commonly known as worker’s compensation. Certain diseases and conditions are presumed to be caused by employment due to their prevalence and, hopefully, scientific support. However, because it is the legislature who decides

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