28 02, 2020

This Week in the Senate – Week 8: Marathon floor action

February 28th, 2020|This Week in the Senate|

This week, bills must make it through two additional cutoffs (a fiscal cutoff and a floor cutoff) in order to continue their journey toward becoming law.


Senate Ways & Means

FISCAL CUTOFF (OPPOSITE HOUSE)
Monday, March 2
Senate Ways & Means Committee: 10 a.m., then 1:30 p.m. in SHR 4
Senate Transportation Committee: 1:30 p.m. in SHR 1

All House bills that impact the budget must be passed out of the Senate Ways & Means or Transportation committee by end of day Monday. And, all of the Senate bills with a budget impact must be passed out of the House Appropriations or Transportation committee.


Senate Floor

MARATHON FLOOR ACTION
Tuesday, March 3 – Friday, March 6
Senate Floor

Senators will spend much of their time on the floor Tuesday through Friday considering House bills that have previously been passed off the House floor and out of Senate committees. Floor session is currently scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. each day, but the schedule is subject to change. Full weekly schedules can be found here.


Senate Floor

FLOOR CUTOFF (OPPOSITE HOUSE)
Friday, March 6
Senate Floor

All House bills must be passed of the Senate floor, and all Senate bills must be passed off of the House floor in order to continue through the legislative process. Bills will then head to Governor Jay Inslee’s desk for signing or to conference to reach agreement on amendments.

The Senate will begin consideration of the final bill by 5 p.m.


 

21 02, 2020

This Week in the Senate – Week 7: Budgets and another cutoff

February 21st, 2020|This Week in the Senate|

This week, House and Senate Democrats will unveil their supplemental operating and transportation budgets, giving the first look at what could be funded during the 2020 legislative session. The session will also hit another cutoff on Friday, with all policy bills needing to be passed out of their opposite house committees in order to stay alive.


Senator Christine Rolfes

BUDGET ROLLOUT MEDIA AVAILABILITY
Monday, Feb. 24
1:45 p.m., Senate Democratic Caucus Room

Senate Democratic Caucus leaders will give their first look at the 2020 supplemental operating budget. A public hearing on the budget will be held at 3:30 p.m. in the Senate Ways & Means Committee.


Football

SPORTS BETTING
Monday, Feb. 24
10 a.m., SHR 1

The Senate Labor & Commerce Committee will hear a bill (House Bill 2638) that would legalize sports betting in tribal casinos.


Interstate 5

TRANSPORTATION BUDGET HEARING
Wednesday, Feb. 25
3:30 p.m., SHR 1

The Senate Transportation Committee will take public comment on the Senate Democratic Caucus 2020 supplemental transportation budget proposal.


Courthouse

OPEN COURTS
Tuesday, Feb. 25
10 a.m., SHR 4

The Senate Law & Justice Committee will hear a bill (House Bill 2567) designed to make courts accessible to all, regardless of immigration status


bOEING

CHANGES TO BOEING TAXATION
Wednesday, Feb. 26
3:30 p.m., SHR 4

A bill (Senate Bill 6690) that would suspend Boeing’s preferential B&O tax rate will be heard in the Senate Ways & Means Committee.


 

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

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.

27 01, 2020

Week 3 – Private prisons, sports betting and Block the Box

January 27th, 2020|This Week in the Senate|

We’re a quarter of the way through the 2020 Legislative Session and less than two weeks away from the session’s first cutoff. There’s a packed week of committee hearings ahead. Highlights are below.


DOMESTIC WORKER BILL OF RIGHTS
Labor & Commerce
Monday, Jan. 27 @ 10 a.m.
SHR 1

The committee will consider Sen. Rebecca Saldaña’s SB 6247, which will create employment standards for Washington’s domestic workers. Domestic workers — people such as nannies, house cleaners, home care workers, gardeners, cooks and others — would be granted minimum wage, rest breaks and meal break rights and other workplace standards under this bill.


BULLYING AND DISCRIMINATION IN SCHOOLS
Early Learning & K-12 Education
Monday, Jan. 27 @ 1:30 p.m.
SHR 1

Teachers and concerned parents of students who have experienced bullying will join the committee for a work session to talk about ways to address the issue in Washington schools.


SENATE/HOUSE LEADERSHIP MEDIA AVAILABILITY
Tuesday, Jan. 28 @ 11 a.m.
Senate Majority Caucus Room

Join Senate and House leaders as they take questions from the media about the 2020 legislative session.


BLOCK THE BOX
Transportation
Tuesday, Jan. 28 @ 3:30 p.m.
SHR 1

The committee will hear SB 5789, which would allow local governments to use traffic cameras to ensure motorists aren’t obstructing crosswalks, using transit-only lanes and other traffic violations.


BAN ON PRIVATE PRISONS
Human Services, Reentry & Rehabilitation
Wednesday, Jan. 29 @ 8 a.m.
SHR 4

The committee will hear SB 6442, which would ban private prisons from operation in Washington state.


SECURE SCHEDULING AND SPORTS BETTING
Labor & Commerce
Thursday, Jan. 30 @ 8 a.m.
SHR 1

The committee will hold public hearings on several bills including SB 5717, which will require employers to provide employees with 14 days notice of work schedules. The committee will also hear SBs 6394 and 6277, both dealing with establishing sports betting in Washington.


HOUSING JUSTICE ACT
Human Services, Reentry & Rehabilitation
Thursday, Jan. 30 @ 1:30 p.m.
SHR 4

Senate Bill 6490, The Housing Justice Act, sponsored by Sen. Jeannie Darneille, will receive a public hearing. The bill would address challenges faced by people who have served their debt to society through the criminal justice system but are prevented from finding housing.


STI PREVENTION AND TREATMENT
Health & Long Term Care
Friday, Jan. 31 @ 8 a.m.
SHR 4

A public hearing will be held on SB 6303, a bill aimed at improving prevention methods and treatment of sexually transmitted infections.


For a look at the entire committee calendar for Week 3 of the legislature, click here.

18 01, 2020

Week 2: Gun safety, early learning and honoring MLK

January 18th, 2020|This Week in the Senate|

Week 2 in the Senate will begin with a ceremony honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. It’s also a busy week in Senate committees with hearings on gun safety, including a possible ban on high capacity magazines, worker safety, sports betting, early learning and changes to marijuana laws.


MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY 2020
SENATE FLOOR: Monday, Jan. 20, Noon

The Senate will observe Martin Luther King Day with a resolution, floor speeches and an invocation delivered by Rev. Troy Lynn Carr of Grace United Methodist Church in Seattle.


GUN SAFETY
LAW & JUSTICE: Monday, Jan. 20, 10 a.m., SHR 4

The Law & Justice Committee will hold a public hearing on gun safety bills including Sen. Patty Kuderer’s bill to ban high capacity magazines (SB 6077) and a bill requiring firearm safety training in order to obtain a concealed pistol license (SB 6294).


WORKPLACE SAFETY
LABOR & COMMERCE: Monday, Jan. 20, 10 a.m., SHR 1

The committee will hold public hearings on bills to help make Washington’s workforce more safe. Legislation includes SB 6171 concerning the safe disassembly of tower cranes, SB 6473 addressing asbestos-containing building materials and SB 6349 which ensures all union workers can access Washington’s new Paid Family Medical Leave program.


EXPANDING EARLY LEARNING
EARLY LEARNING & K-12 EDUCATION:
Monday, Jan. 20, 1:30 p.m., SHR 1

Kindergartners who aren’t ready to learn fall behind their peers and fall farther and farther behind as they proceed through school, through careers, and through life. On Monday, there will be a public hearing on SB 6253, Sen. Claire Wilson’s bill to expand early learning in our state and make sure kids get the support they need to start school strong.


SPORTS GAMBLING IN WASHINGTON?
LABOR & COMMERCE:
Tuesday, Jan. 21, 8 a.m., SHR 1

A work session will be held on the components to create a legal sports gambling system in Washington.


HOUSE/SENATE LEADERSHIP MEDIA AVAILABILITY
Tuesday, Jan. 21, 11 a.m., House Majority Caucus Room

Democratic leaders from the House and Senate await your questions about the 2020 Legislative Session.


WASHINGTON OFFICE OF VIOLENCE PREVENTION
LAW & JUSTICE: Tuesday, Jan. 21, 11 a.m., SHR 4

The committee will consider SB 6288, sponsored by Sen. Manka Dhingra, which would create the Washington Office of Firearm Violence Prevention. This agency would provide statewide leadership, coordination and technical assistance to promote effective state and local efforts to reduce gun violence.


EXPANDING, RESTORING VOTING RIGHTS
STATE GOVERNMENT, TRIBAL RELATIONS & ELECTIONS:
Wednesday, Jan. 22, 8 a.m., SHR 2

A bill to expand registration opportunities for young voters (SB 6313) and one to restore voting rights for people who have completed their prison sentences (SB 6228) will receive public hearings.


FLAVORED VAPOR PRODUCT BAN
HEALTH & LONG TERM CARE:
Wednesday, Jan. 22, 1:30 p.m., SHR 4

Senate Bill 6254, which will ban the sale of flavored vapor products in Washington state, will receive a public hearing.


WASHINGTON’S MARIJUANA INDUSTRY
LABOR & COMMERCE:
Thursday, Jan. 23, 8 a.m., SHR 1

The committee will consider several bills aimed at reform and worker safety in the state’s marijuana industry. SBs 6393, 6057, 6033 and 6269 will all receive public hearings.


Follow this link for a complete look at this week’s committee schedule

13 01, 2020

Week 1: Welcome back!

January 13th, 2020|This Week in the Senate|

OLYMPIA — The 2020 session is underway and Senate Democrats are excited to get back to work. We’ll kickoff the short 60-day session with a jam-packed Week 1 with public hearings on data privacy, prescription drug prices, affordable housing, the environment and many other policies important to people across the state.


What to watch this week

OPENING CEREMONIES
Monday, Jan. 13 @ noon

The 2020 Session gets underway with opening ceremonies including Sens. Liz Lovelett and Derek Stanford taking their oath of office.


DATA PRIVACY/FACIAL RECOGNITION PRESS CONFERENCE
Monday, Jan. 13 @ 2 p.m., JAC ABC

Join Sens. Nguyen, Das, Carlyle and others as they announce details of legislation to protect Washingtonians’ online privacy.


STATE OF THE STATE
Tuesday, Jan. 14 @ noon

Gov. Inslee will address a joint session of the legislature during his annual state of the state address.


Washington State Senator Reuven Carlyle

ENVIRONMENT, ENERGY & TECHNOLOGY
Wednesday, Jan. 15 @ 8 a.m., SHR 1

A public hearing is scheduled for bills that will address online privacy and facial recognition technology.


WSDOT Secretary Rogar Millar

TRANSPORTATION
Wednesday, Jan. 15 @ 2:30 p.m., SHR 1

Transportation Secretary Roger Millar will speak with the committee about the state of transportation in Washington.


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LABOR & COMMERCE
Thursday, Jan. 16 @ 8 a.m., SHR 1

A bill to give employees a way to fight back against wage theft (SB 6053) and pregnancy discrimination (SB 6034) will have a public hearing.


Washington state Senators Mona Das and Rebecca Saldana

ENVIRONMENT, ENERGY & TECHNOLOGY
Thursday, Jan. 16 @ 10 a.m., SHR 1

The committee will consider policies sponsored by Sens. Rebecca Saldana and Mona Das that will set earlier limits on greenhouse gas emissions and establish clean fuel standards.


Washington state senator Claire Wilson

HUMAN SERVICES, REENTRY & REHABILITATION
Thursday, Jan. 16 @ 1:30 p.m., SHR 4

The committee will consider Sen. Clare Wilson’s bill, SB 6112, which will outlaw the practice of solitary confinement at juvenile detention centers.


Washington state Senator Karen Keisier

HEALTH & LONG-TERM CARE
Friday, Jan. 17 @ 8 a.m., SHR 4

Addressing the high costs of prescription drugs, including insulin, will be the focus of this public hearing. The committee will consider SB 6087, 6088, 6110, 6111 and 6113 all sponsored by Sen. Karen Keiser.


Click here to access the entire schedule of Senate hearings.