Tag: Olympia Update


March 6th – Olympia Update

Last week was dominated by floor activity as the House and Senate worked to pass bills to the opposite chamber. Floor action has been eventful for bills that WSAC is engaged in. Most importantly, the House passed the two bills dealing with reforms to the Public Records Act, HB 1594 (McBride) and 1595 (Nealey). In the past, WSAC supported public

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Feb. 24th – Olympia Update

Olympia – Last week was another legislative cutoff week; Friday (2/24/17) was the last day for bills with a fiscal impact to be advanced out of fiscal committees. The House Appropriations, Capital Budget, and Transportation Committees, and the Senate Ways and Means and Transportation Committees heard and moved hundreds of bills during the week. This is always a busy week, and

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Policy Cutoff at the Legislature this Week

The last two weeks have been busier than usual, even by legislative standards. Friday the 17th was the first deadline for bills to be advanced out of their policy committee. Any policy bills that were still in committee on Friday afternoon are considered “dead” for further legislative action. Legislative cutoffs such as this always generate considerable emotion among legislators and

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Bi-Partisan Bill to Replace Property Tax Cap Introduced

Representatives Lytton and Koster Lead the Charge. The WSAC priority legislation to replace the existing 1% property tax cap with a new cap that will track with the cost of providing county services has been “dropped in the hopper” and will be introduced in the House tomorrow. HB 1764 is sponsored by Representative Lytton and also signed by Reps. Koster, Springer, Nealey, Senn

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