March 8, 2021

2021 Focus on Advocacy – March 8 Report

Legislature passes half-way mark
Prepared by Marie Sullivan, WSPTA Legislative Consultant,

With an eye towards the March 9 deadline for bills to be passed out of the chamber in which they started, legislators spent the past week meeting in caucuses and conducting floor action. Both the House and Senate met on Saturday; the House finished a bill held over Saturday night and passed a handful of bills before adjourning Sunday afternoon.

Contentious bills included the Senate passing a capital gains tax by a vote of 25-24 and the House passing an overhaul of the residential landlord/tenant act 54-44. Both bills were heavily modified on the floor. ESSB 5096 would impose a 7 percent capital gains tax beginning January 1, 2022. The Robinson striker was adopted on the floor.

Read the full report here.

Keep up with the bills and committee hearings related to WSPTA member-generated legislative priorities and long-term positions by utilizing the bill status and upcoming events report.

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Category: Advocacy , Legislative

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