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Lawmakers pass budgets, end 2023 Legislative Session

By Diana Carlen WAWG Lobbyist The Legislature adjourned Sine Die as scheduled on the 105th day of the 2023 Legislative Session on Sunday, April 23. In the final week of the session, the Legislature focused on two items: bill concurrence and finishing negotiations on the state’s biennial budgets: operating, capital and transportation. Additionally, the governor has begun signing bills into ... Read More »

Washington to adopt California ban on diesel trucks

From the Capital Press Washington will follow California’s lead and ban new diesel trucks beginning in 2036, a governor’s spokesman said Tuesday. The governor’s office was going over the rule passed April 28 by the California Air Resources Board and does not have a timeline for adopting it, spokesman Mike Faulk said in an email. “We’re still reviewing California’s actions, ... Read More »

Senator casts ‘no’ votes to protest cap-and-trade fees on farmers

From the Capital Press An Eastern Washington senator Wednesday cast a series of “no” votes on popular bipartisan tax breaks to protest cap-and-trade surcharges on fuel used to grow and transport farm goods. Sen. Mark Schoesler, R-Ritzville, said he normally supports tax cuts, but complained that cap-and-trade’s tax on emissions from fossil fuels wasn’t supposed to apply to agriculture and ... Read More »

Taxes on table as Washington legislative session nears end

From the Capital Press Democrats are keeping alive proposals to raise property taxes and taxes on most real estate sales as House and Senate budget writers negotiate an operating budget before the session ends Sunday. Read the rest of the article here. Read More »

Washington legislative report, week 14

By Diana Carlen WAWG Lobbyist April 16 marked the 98th day of the legislative session. Just seven days remain in the 2023 Legislative Session. April 12 was the deadline to pass bills from the opposite chamber, except for budgets and bills necessary to implement the budget. Over the next week, the Legislature will continue to focus on reconciling differences between ... Read More »

Washington 2023 legislative report, week 13

By Diana Carlen WAWG Lobbyist We have completed the 13th week of the legislative session. Last Tuesday was the fiscal committee cutoff, the last day for bills to have been approved by their respective fiscal committee in the opposite chamber unless “necessary to implement the budget.” Only 14 days remain in the 2023 Legislative Session. There will be little committee ... Read More »

Washington 2023 legislative report, week 12

By Diana Carlen WAWG Lobbyist The Washington State Legislature has completed the 12th week of the legislative session. Friday marked the 84th day of the 2023 Legislative Session. There are 22 days left of the scheduled legislative session. The fourth legislative deadline has come and gone — bills needed to have been approved by their respective policy committees by Wednesday, ... Read More »

Washington 2023 legislative report, week 11

By Diana Carlen WAWG Lobbyist March 25 marked the 76th day of the 2023 Legislative Session. Policy committees are busy voting on bills passed by the opposite chamber. The regular session is scheduled to end on April 23. Before then, legislators have several key deadlines to meet: they must pass policy bills out of the opposite chamber by March 29 ... Read More »

Washington 2023 legislative report, week 10

By Diana Carlen WAWG Lobbyist Friday, March 17, marked the 68th day of the 2023 Legislative Session. There are 36 days left of the scheduled legislative session. The Legislature is busy meeting in policy committees hearing bills that passed the opposite chamber. Bills need to pass out of their respective policy committees by March 29 to continue to advance through ... Read More »

WAWG State Legislative Report, week 9

By Diana Carlen WAWG Lobbyist March 10 marked the 61st day of the 2023 Legislative Session. On March 8, the Legislature reached a milestone — the deadline to pass bills out of the house of origin which means House bills must have been voted out of the House and Senate bills must have been voted out of the Senate. Bills ... Read More »