Sen. Rolfes: “The Republican Majority is denying the public a voice on these issues in the Senate”

Sen. Christine Rolfes, D-Kitsap County, spoke on the Senate floor Thursday about some peculiar committee destinations for some recent pieces of legislation. Her remarks are below:

“We are noticing that a number of bills that have no fiscal impact and would traditionally go to a policy committee for a public hearing are being sent straight to ways and means.

“This is a concern because traditionally we use policy committees to give the public the opportunity to speak to how these policies will impact their daily lives.

“The chair himself has said that the testimony in Ways and Means must be limited to the fiscal impact of the bill.

“By bypassing the policy committees, the Republican Majority is denying the public a voice on these issues in the Senate.”