17 02, 2020

This Week in the Senate – Week 6: More floor action, the revenue forecast and an important cutoff

February 17th, 2020|This Week in the Senate|

The 2020 legislative session will reach a major milestone Wednesday when at 5 p.m. all policy bills introduced in the House and Senate must be voted on and passed out of their respective chambers otherwise they can no longer be considered this session.


FLOOR ACTION
Mon., Feb. 17-Wed., Feb. 19 @ 5 p.m.

The Senate will continue to work toward floor policy cutoff, debating legislation regarding the environment, prescription drug costs, jobs and affordable housing and homelessness prevention culminating with Wednesday’s 5 p.m. cutoff.


REVENUE FORECAST
Wednesday, Feb. 19
10 a.m., SHR 3

The Economic and Revenue Forecast Council will provide its quarterly update on anticipated state revenue collections.


HOUSE/SENATE LEADERSHIP JOINT MEDIA AVAILABILITY
Thursday, Feb. 20 @ 10 a.m.
House Majority Caucus Room

House and Senate leadership will hold a post-cutoff media availability in the House Majority Caucus Room.


 

10 02, 2020

Upcoming Town Halls

February 10th, 2020|Uncategorized|

Members of the Senate Democratic Caucus and their seatmates in the House Democratic Caucus have upcoming town halls scheduled to discuss the 2020 Legislative Session, priority legislation and issues important to their districts. Find your lawmaker and their upcoming events in the list below:

1st Legislative District Town Hall – Feb. 22, 3-5 p.m. with Sen. Stanford and Reps. Duerr and Kloba at Cascadia Community College.

3rd Legislative District Town Hall – Feb. 22, 10-11:30 a.m. with Sen. Billig and Reps. Riccelli and Ormsby at the Woman’s Club of Spokane ballroom (1428 W 9th Ave., Spokane).

5th Legislative District Town Hall – Feb. 22, three events with Sen. Mullet and Reps. Callan and Ramos.

  • 1st: Maple Valley
    When: 9:30-10:30 a.m.
    Where: Tahoma High School Performing Arts Center
    23499 SE Tahoma Way, Maple Valley, WA 98038
  • 2nd: North Bend
    When: 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
    Where: North Bend City Hall
    920 SE Cedar Falls Way, North Bend, WA 98045
  • 3rd: Issaquah
    When: 1:30 -2:30 p.m.
    Where: Blakely Hall At Issaquah Highlands
    2550 NE Park Dr, Issaquah, WA 98029

11th Legislative District Town Hall – Feb. 22, 10 a.m.-noon with Sen. Hasegawa and Rep. Hudgins at the Teamsters Hall, Room 303 (14675 Interurban Ave. S, Tukwila).

21st Legislative District Town Hall – Feb. 22, 10 a.m.-noon with Sen. Liias, and Reps. Ortiz-Self and Peterson at Mariner High School Commons (200 120th St SW, Everett).

22nd Legislative District Town Hall – Feb. 26, 6:30-8 p.m. with Sen. Hunt and Reps. Doglio and Dolan at the Twin Star Community Foundation Event Center on the SPSCC Lacey Campus (4220 6th Ave. SE, Lacey)

24th Legislative District Town Hall – TBA with Sen. Van de Wege

27th Legislative District Town Hall – Feb. 22, 10 a.m.-noon with Sen. Darneille, Speaker Jinkins and Fey at Eastside Community Center (1721 E 56th St, Tacoma).

29th Legislative District Town Hall – Feb.22, 10 a.m.-noon with Sen. Conway. Location TBA.

30th Legislative District Town Hall – Feb. 22 with Sen. Wilson at Algona Elementary School. Time TBA.

34th Legislative District Town Hall – Feb. 23, 3-4:30 pm, Sen. Nguyen at Elliot Bay Brewery (255 SW 152nd St, Burien).

36th Legislative District Town Hall – Feb. 23, 2-4:00 p.m. with Sen. Carlyle and Reps. Frame and Tarleton at the Lagunitas Taproom in the Free-Lard area (1550 NW 49th St., Seattle).

37th Legislative District Town Hall – Feb. 29, noon-2 p.m. with Sen. Saldaña at New Holly Gathering Hall (7054 32nd Ave. S, Seattle).

40th Legislative District Town Hall – Feb. 29, 10:30 a.m. – noon with Sen. Lovelett at Anacortes Educational Service District in the Reid Harbor Room (1601 R Ave, Anacortes).

41st Legislative District Town Hall – Feb. 22, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m with Sen. Lisa Wellman and Reps. Tana Senn and My-Linh Thai. Bellevue College, Room N201 (3000 Landerholm Circle SE, Bellevue).

43rd Legislative District Town Hall – Feb. 22, 1:30 to 3 p.m, Sen. Pedersen, Rep. Chopp and Rep. Macri at Seattle First Baptist Church (1111 Harvard Avenue, Seattle)

44th Legislative District Town Hall – Feb. 22, 9:30 a.m. with Sen. Hobbs and Reps. Lovick and Mead at Lake Stevens Senior Center (2302 Soper Hill Rd., Lake Stevens).

45th Legislative District Town Hall – Feb. 22, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with Sen. Dhingra and Reps. Goodman and Springer at Lake Washington Institute of Technology, West Building, Room 404 (11605 132nd Ave. NE, Kirkland)

47th Legislative District Town Hall – Feb. 23, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. with Sen. Das at Cascade Hall (12401 SE 320th St, Auburn).

48th Legislative District Town Hall – Feb. 22, 10:30 a.m.-noon with Sen. Kuderer and Reps. Slatter and Walen at Redmond City Hall (15670 NE 85th St, Redmond).

49th Legislative District Town Hall – TBA with Sen. Cleveland.

10 02, 2020

This Week in the Senate – Week 5: A key cutoff and a busy stretch of floor action

February 10th, 2020|This Week in the Senate|

Believe it or not, as of Tuesday, the 2020 legislative session is half over. This week will see an important cutoff Tuesday, followed by a long stretch of work on the Senate floor.


FISCAL COMMITTEE CUTOFF
Tuesday, Feb. 11
Senate Ways & Means and Transportation Committees

Bills that have not yet been voted out of Ways & Means and Transportation by the time the two fiscal committees adjourn Tuesday will no longer be considered this session.


SENATE FLOOR ACTION
Wednesday, Feb. 12-Wednesday, Feb. 19 @ 5 p.m.

The Senate will begin a week-long stretch of floor action Wednesday culminating with House of Origin cutoff on Feb. 19 at 5 p.m. Look for bills related to health care, education, voting rights, the environment, criminal justice reform and other priorities to be debated. You’ll receive updates of bills that will be considered each morning prior to floor action.


 

3 02, 2020

Week 4 in the Senate – Transportation, equity in schools and an important cutoff date

February 3rd, 2020|This Week in the Senate|

The 2020 legislative session rolls on with a big week scheduled in the Transportation Committee. We’re also quickly approaching the session’s first deadline. Bills have until Friday (Feb. 7) to be voted out of committees — with the exception of Transportation and Ways and Means — otherwise they can no longer be considered this session.


RESTORATION OF FIREARM RIGHTS
Law & Justice
Monday, Feb. 3 @ 10 a.m.
SHR 4

The committee will consider bills to allow people to petition a court to have their firearm rights restored (SB 6289), anti-swatting (SB 6295) and criminalizing threats of mass violence (SB 6307).


INTERNATIONAL MEDICAL GRADUATES
Health & Long Term Care
Monday, Feb. 3 @ 1:30 p.m.
SHR 4

Senate Bill 6551, sponsored by Sen. Derek Stanford, creates a new pathway for international medical graduates. The bill would help people who were physicians in other countries, and those that are yet to come to Washington, pursue that same career path when they arrive.


NHL LICENSE PLATES
Transportation
Monday, Feb. 3 @ 3:30 p.m.
SHR 1

The National Hockey League is coming to Seattle. The committee will hear SB 6562 which authorizes commemorative plates honoring the new franchise. Proceeds from the sale of the plate will go toward youth sports programs and the Lieutenant Governor’s program that helps kids with physical and sensory disabilities experience the outdoors.


HOUSE/SENATE JOINT MEDIA AVAILABILITY
Tuesday, Feb. 4 @ 11 a.m.
House Majority Caucus Room

Please join House and Senate leaders as they provide members of the press with an update of the 2020 legislative session.


CAP AND INVEST
Environment, Energy & Technology
Tuesday, Feb. 4 @ 10 a.m.
SHR 1

Washington continues to lead the nation in our efforts to address climate change with Sen. Reuven Carlyle’s SB 5981. A public hearing will be held on this cap and invest program that will help Washington reduce dangerous greenhouse gases and keep our promise to future generations to do our part in addressing the climate crisis.


CAR TABS
Transportation
Tuesday, Feb. 4 @ 3:30 p.m.
SHR 1

The committee will hold a public hearing on several bills to reduce the price of car tabs, including Sen. Marko Liias’ SB 6606.


EQUITY IN SCHOOLS
Early Learning & K-12 Education
Wednesday, Feb. 5 @ 1:30 p.m.
SHR 1

A public hearing will be held on SB 5908, a bill sponsored by Sen. Mona Das, that would establish a center for equity and cultural competency training for K-12 schools within the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction.


FORWARD WASHINGTON
Transportation
Wednesday, Feb. 5 @ 3:30 p.m.
SHR 1

Sen. Steve Hobbs will hold a public hearing on his transportation funding plan, Forward Washington.


For a complete look at every committee’s agenda for Week 4 (Feb. 3-7), click here.