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March 13, 2023

March 8 Deadline Ends Journey for Many Bills in Week 9 Report

Prepared by Marie Sullivan, legconsultant@wastatepta.org After a week of long nights, sometimes into the next day for the House, and some difficult policy discussions in both chambers, the Legislature reached the third major milestone of the session on March 8th – the deadline by which bills needed to pass out of the place in which…
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Category: Advocacy , Legislative

March 13, 2023

WSPTA Advocates Federally During NPTA LegCon’s Hill Day 2023

Prepared by Susan Baird-Joshi, Federal Legislative Chair, WSPTA fedleg@wastatepta.org Fifteen WSPTA members met with five members of Congress (MOC) on March 8, 2023, including the first woman President Pro Tempore, Senator Patty Murray. Other MOCs our delegation met with were Representative Suzan DelBene (WA-01) and staff, and the staff of Senator Maria Cantwell, Representative Pramila Jayapal…
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March 6, 2023

Legislature hits half-way point, March 8th next deadline

Prepared by Marie Sullivan, legconsultant@wastatepta.org March 4th marked the 55th day of a 105-day session, leaving only seven weeks to go before lawmakers will wrap up the business of the 2023 regular session of the 68th Legislature. The House worked late several nights and on Saturday, finally adjourning at 2:15 AM Sunday morning. The Senate…
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March 2, 2023

Advocacy in Action! March 1, 2023

House Education Committee, March 1, 2023 Austina De Bonte, WSPTA member and President of the Washington Coalition for Gifted Education, urged House Education Committee members to pass SSB 5072, universal screening for highly capable students during a public hearing March 1st. Listen to Austina here. Rene Price, testifying on behalf of Washington State PTA, overcame…
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February 27, 2023

Many Bills End Their Journey in 2023 with Fiscal Cutoff

Prepared by Marie Sullivan, legconsultant@wastatepta.org   The Legislature is now on the downward slope towards the end of session in April, with the second deadline of Friday, February 24 ending the journey for many policy bills with fiscal impacts to the state. Bills with fiscal impacts to local governments or school districts usually don’t get similar…
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February 23, 2023

Focus on Advocacy Day 2023 Recap

Following on the success of our virtual Focus on Advocacy Week, during which PTA members sent over 3300 messages, advocates came to Olympia on February 20 to meet with their legislators. Members who met with legislators can let WSPTA know how the discussion went by filling out the meeting summary form.  PTA members also had…
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February 21, 2023

Washington State PTA Supports HB 1473, aka “Wealth/Property Tax”

Prepared by Susan Baird-Joshi, sbaird@wastatepta.org and Marie Sullivan, legconsultant@wastatepta.org Washington State PTA, the state’s oldest and largest child advocacy organization supports House Bill 1473.   According to the bill report, some of the revenues generated by this legislation would go to the Education Legacy Trust Account, an important source of ongoing funding for K-12 education.  Washington…
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February 20, 2023

Bills Die at Policy Cutoff in Week 6

Prepared by Marie Sullivan, legconsultant@wastatepta.org Friday, February 17 was the final day for bills in policy committees to “stay alive” and under consideration during the 2023 legislative session. Of course, there are always a few exceptions, but for the most part, the deadline signals the end of the line, at least for this year. Keep…
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February 17, 2023

Advocacy in Action! February 16, 2023

WSPTA President Nancy Chamberlain testified in favor of SB 5712, a bill that would increase the Washington College Grant eligibility up to 150 percent of median family income, and would make the Bridge Grant Program under the Washington College Grant permanent.  In addition, beginning with the 2025-26 academic year, it would establish the Washington College…
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February 13, 2023

Deadline for Policy Bills Looms in Week 5

Prepared by Marie Sullivan, legconsultant@wastatepta.org Friday, February 17 is the deadline by which bills referred to policy committees must have passed out of committee to remain under consideration. While there are always exceptions, for the most part, this is a significant deadline and bills that were introduced in the previous week or haven’t had a…
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