Spring forward – session likely to end March 12
Prepared by Marie Sullivan, WSPTA Legislative Consultant, firstname.lastname@example.org
As mentioned in the last report, this week was expected to be fast and furious and it didn’t disappoint. March 6 was the deadline for most bills to pass the opposite chamber; the main exceptions are budget bills, bills necessary to implement the budget, and tax bills. And amid all the legislation, $100 million is expected to be pulled from state reserves to help with the COVID-19 outbreak.
The House and Senate worked long hours to get a lot of major legislation off the floor before the Friday cutoff. On March 4, following a dinner break, the House reconvened for more than six hours of debate on ESSB 5395, the comprehensive sexual health education bill. It passed the House 56-40. The two chambers also worked on issues such as affordable housing, preventing gun violence, authorizing sports wagering at tribal casinos, and bills related to climate change.
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