Joe has sent out this week's GOAL Post. Most of the bills have died; all of the "good" ones in the House, mostly because Tacoma Representative Jinkins never met a gun control she didn't love, or a firearms right she didn't hate.
If you live in her district, take note.
One bill was forcibly removed form her purview, moved to a different committee, and significantly; re-written. Thanks in no small part to our lobbyists and activists.
FROM: GOAL <email@example.com>
SUBJECT: GOAL Post 2015-8
SENT: Sat 2/28/2015 4:14 AM
Legislative Update from Olympia 27 February 2015
FISCAL COMMITTEE CUT-OFF
CHAMBER CUT-OFF 11 MARCH
FOCUS SHIFTS TO FLOOR ACTION
NO PUBLIC HEARINGS ON BILLS
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!