Monthly Archives: January 2018

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Olympia Update: Week 3

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We have now completed week three of a 60-day legislative session and are fast approaching the first cutoff on February 2. Bills that are to continue through the process must be passed out of committee and read on the House or Senate floor by the end of the day on Friday. With…

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Legislators Reach Deal on Capital Budget & Hirst

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The State Legislature finally approved Washington’s 2017-18 capital budget Thursday night, sending the $4.2 billion construction spending plan for major projects to the governor. The impasse was broken when Democrat and Republican negotiators reached an agreement on a Hirst “fix” to address the 2016 state Supreme Court ruling on rural…

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Olympia Update: Week 2

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Week 2 was another busy one in Olympia: over 1,000 new bills have been added to the hundreds still alive from 2017 and committee and floor votes are happening quickly. This year is a short session, which means that we are already halfway to the first calendar cutoff where a…

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