GOAL Post 2015-8: Legislative Update from Olympia 28 February 2015



Legislative Update from Olympia

28 February 2015






Today is the fiscal committee cut-off for those bills that required the legislature to identify a funding source if the bill was to proceed.  As with the policy committee cut-off, bills that did not pass out of committee are considered dead for the session — probably.

Eleven bills remain under consideration.  Most are in their respective Rules Committees awaiting a floor vote.  Substitute Senate Bill (SSB) 5381 (return of firearms held by law enforcement) passed out of the Senate on a 49-0 vote.  The substitute bill cleared away our objections to the bill, although the House counterpart, HB 1731 is still unacceptable in its current form.

Wednesday, 11 March is the chamber cut-off for the 2015 Regular Session.  By 5 p.m. on the 11th, all House Bills must pass the House, Senate bills pass the Senate, for the bills to remain in play for the session.  This will result in another major culling of bills as the legislators simply run out of time to vote on more bills

The focus for the next 12 days will be on activity (voting) on the House and Senate floors — the entire chamber voting to pass bills.  There will be a few committee hearings but you can expect the full House and Senate to be on their respective chamber floors for most of the day (and some evenings) until 5 p.m. on the 11th.  If you can find the time, this is a great opportunity to see the entire House or Senate debating and voting on bills on the floor.  (They typically run bills in batches — maybe a dozen or more bill votes, then they recess and go into their caucus (Republican and Democrat) rooms to discuss the party position on the next batch of bills.

There are no more public hearings on bills of interest until after the 11 March chamber cut-off.  The process then starts all over again, with House bills being heard in the Senate and Senate bills in the House.  We’re five days short of being half-way through the 105-day session!


Bill #  Subject  Prime sponsor Status
*SHB 1713
Mental health/guns Cody (D-34) H. Rules
HB 1731
Return of firearms held by law enforcement Ormsby (D-3) H. Rules
*HB 1857
Extreme protective orders Jinkins (D-27)  Died. H. Approp.
SB 5036
Penalizes criminal misuse of body armor O’Ban (R-28) S. Rules
*SSB 5381
Return of firearms held by law enforcement Billig (D-3) Passed Senate
SB 5500
Allows retired LEOs to carry on school grounds Roach (R-31) S. Rules
SB 5539
Exempts LEO’s from three day waiting period Roach (R-31) S. Rules
SB 5579
Exempts licensed security guards from b/g checks Dammeier (R-25) S. Rules
SB 5615
Exempts military members from b/g checks Benton (R-17) S. Rules
SB 5658
Reporting of mental health commitment Dansel (R-7) S. Rules
SB 5831
Restoration of firearm rights Honeyford (R-15) S. Rules
SSB 6015
NRA License Plate Roach (R-31) S. Rules

* indicates change in status this week

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, H. Ag/NatRes = House Agriculture & Natural Resources, S. NatRes/Parks = Senate Natural Resources & Parks, S. Hum Ser = Senate Human Services, Mental Health & Housing, H. GenGov = House General Government & Info Technology, S. Trans = Senate Transportation



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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