Author: Kristin Wiggins

  Overview   Session ended on March 13 as scheduled. High-quality early learning was a key topic this session. There was a significant amount of conversation about the importance of high-quality early learning as well as ensuring continuity and stability of care for our most vulnerable children, largely prompted by the Early Start bill (HB[…..]

  Week at a glance   Another cutoff! Today is the cutoff for bills to be off the floor of the opposite chamber. For instance, a House bill that has passed the House and continued to progress to the Senate floor must be voted off the Senate floor in order to be signed into law[…..]

  Week at a glance   Another policy committee cutoff hit. Today is the cutoff for bills to be voted out of the policy committee in the opposite chamber. For instance, a bill voted out the House and assigned to a Senate policy committee needs to be voted out of that committee by today in[…..]

  Week at a glance   “House of origin” cutoff. Feb. 18 at 5 p.m. was the deadline for bills to be voted out of their houses of origin. To give you an idea of the odds, about 37 percent of the bills introduced in the House passed that chamber; on the Senate side, about[…..]

  Week at a glance   Fiscal committee cutoff hit; bills still moving face more steps. Feb. 11 was the cutoff for bills that cost money to implement to be voted out of the fiscal committees. This was the second cutoff (the first being the policy committee cutoff) and was another indicator of what bills[…..]

  Week at a glance   First cutoff hit. Policy committee cutoff was on Feb. 5 in the House and Feb. 7 in the Senate. This means bills needed to be voted out of the policy committee they were assigned to in order to continue progressing in the legislative process. When bills cannot make cutoff,[…..]

  Week at a glance   There is a huge number of issues before the Legislature. Like last week, this week there was a lot of activity on campus, particularly around policies related to firearms (e.g., universal background checks and protecting gun rights). Additionally, there are hundreds of bills before the Legislature for consideration. Given[…..]

  Week at a glance   Diverse groups visit Capitol campus. If you have ever been to visit our state Capitol during legislative session you know it is an exciting place. You are likely to see large groups of people walking around with a purpose. It is typical this time of year to see groups[…..]

  Week at a glance   Getting started. Session officially kicked off on Monday, Jan. 13. Governor’s address nods at priorities now and ahead. Governor Jay Inslee delivered his State of the State address and made brief but notable mentions of early learning including recognition of whole child needs (e.g., it is difficult to educate[…..]