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Lunell Haught, President
Feburary 6, 2022 Vol. 54, Issue 5
There are no specific action alerts this week, see below for more information.
This year’s short session has put constraints of time on everything that our Washington state legislature does – and on how and whether the League can exercise its influence. Because of the legislative schedule this week it will be impracticable for your Lobby Team to propose legislative action alerts in some reasonable way. Here’s why.
The deadline for action in chamber of origin policy committees occurred on Thursday of last week. The two fiscal committees (House Appropriations Committee and Senate Ways and Means Committee) and the two transportation committees will be holding hearings on Saturday. Since we won’t know the results of those hearings in time for our Legislative Newsletter deadline, there really isn’t a way for us to pass meaningful recommendations about them on to our readers.
What is more, next week and until the 15th (cutoff date for action in the chamber of origin) there will be almost no committee meetings (which are usually scheduled with some degree of advance notice.) Most of the work will be taking place on the floor of the two chambers. Decisions about which bills to pull for floor debate are among the least transparent that the legislature makes. Once a bill is pulled, the interval between then and when debate starts and voting occurs is likely to be extremely short. There would be no opportunity to communicate about possible actions in a timely fashion.
Under these circumstances, we urge you to consider this course of action. If there is a bill that you are particularly concerned with, go to the general bill page (leg.wa.gov,) search on the bill number, and then click the button labeled “comment on this bill.” That will enable you to inform your three legislators whether you favor passage of the bill in question (Pro, Con, or Other) and to write a short comment.
Our Current Actions page may help you pick out which bills are particularly important to you.
Click on an issue to learn more about session results on bills the League supported and "This Week's Updates" to read the issue chair's report on this past week.
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