Legislative Update from Olympia
01 May 2015
SEVERAL HOLDOVER BILLS PASSED
ESHB 1713 REPASSED HOUSE
MORE GUN BILLS COMING BACK?
HOW LONG WILL THE SESSION LAST?
MANY ARE FILED, FEW ARE CHOSEN
The 30-day special session of the legislature convened on Wednesday, 29 April. While waiting for the budgeteers to finish their negotiations, both the House and Senate took up several bills still pending at the end of the regular session. A total of 25 bills were passed, eight in the Senate and 17 in the House.
The only bill of interest moving is HB 1713. The bill passed both the House and Senate in the regular session, but the House refused to concur in the Senate amendments. It went back to the House at the end of the session. The House passed it out again, and the Senate assigned it to Senate Ways & Means… again. The restrictive firearm language has been removed from the bill.
Rumors are circulating that the governor has asked that selected anti-gun bills be revived and acted on by the legislature. You may recall, I reported that once the legislature goes into special session, they can do anything they please (legislatively!). It’s alike a constitutional convention in that regard, once the door is opened, you lose control over who enters.
Having said that, the only specific legislation the governor mentioned in his proclamation calling for a special session is specific budgetary items… and one other thing: “Work remains to be done with critical policy bills… ” Could those include gun bills? Yes. Is the legislature going to act on them? Not likely. Here’s a link to the proclamation: http://www.governor.wa.gov/sites/default/files/proclamations/proc_15-08_0.pdf
For those of you who are not familiar with our governor’s history on the gun issue… Jay Inslee was first elected to Congress in 1992 to represent the 4th Congressional District — the central Washington corridor. In 1994, he cast an “aye” vote on the Clinton “assault weapon” ban. In fact, it is believed he cast the deciding vote (it passed by ONE vote of 435) after his arm was twisted by then-Speaker Tom Foley (D-WA-5). Sort of an “fellow eastern Washingtonian, do me a favor.” That November BOTH Inslee and Foley were thrown out of Congress! (Foley holds the distinction of being the first speaker to be thrown out of office since 1862 – 132 years. Inslee moved to the west side, where he was elected to represent the 1st Congressional District (North Seattle and environs). So Mr Inslee has no love for gun owners.
Special sessions are called in 30-day segments. This session began on 29 April and will end on 30 May, unless previously adjourned. How long will this one last? Until budgeteers arrive at an agreement acceptable to both chambers. It could be over in a few days, it could take the entire 30 days. And ANOTHER 30 days! Are you ready for a major tax increase? The governor wants more money to spend, the House Democrats wan t to give it to him, the Senate Republicans do not. Who will blink first?
To put things in a little better perspective, during the regular session that ended last week, a total of 2,445 bills of various types were filed in both chambers. Of the 2,400, only 308 made it to the governor’s desk. 12.6% — almost 90% died along the way.
|Mental health/guns||Cody (D-34)||S. W&M|
* indicates change in status this week
ESHB = Engrossed Substitute House Bill, SHB/SSB = Substitute Bill (bill amended in committee), HB = House Bill, SB = Senate Bill, H. Aprop = House Appropriations, H. Jud. = House Judiciary, S. L&J = Senate Law & Justice, S. W&M = Senate Ways & Means
At this point, there is no published agenda for next week.
LEGISLATIVE HOT LINE: You may reach your Representatives and Senator by calling the Legislative Hotline at 1-800-562-6000. Toll free!!! The hearing impaired may obtain TDD access at 1-800-635-9993. Also toll free!!!1-800-562-6000 TDD 1-800-635-9993
OTHER DATA: Copies of pending legislation (bills), legislative schedules and other information are available on the legislature’s web site at “www.leg.wa.gov“. Bills are available in Acrobat (.pdf) format. You may download a free version of Adobe Acrobat Reader from Adobe’s web site (http://www.adobe.com). You may also obtain hard copy bills, initiatives, etc, in the mail from the Legislative Bill Room FREE OF CHARGE by calling 1-360-786-7573. Copies of bills may also be ordered toll free by calling the Legislative Hotline at (800) 562-6000. You may also hear floor and committee hearing action live at http://www.tvw.org/ (you need “RealAudio” to do this, available free at the TVW web site).
By reading the House and Senate “bill reports” (hbr, sbr) for each bill, you can see how individual committee members voted. By reading the “roll call” for each bill, you can see how the entire House or Senate voted on any bill. The beauty of the web site is that ALL this information is available, on line, to any citizen.
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