***FROM: GOAL WA <email@example.com>
SENT: Fri 7/10/2015 3:05 PM
SUBJECT: GOAL Post 2015-Special-9
Legislative Update from Olympia 10 July 2015
- IT’S OVER!!!
- NO GUN BILLS
- LAST GOAL POST UNTIL JANUARY 2016?
One of the funnier parts was when Senate Democrats reneged on one of the agreements. According to one news article, it was because the Republican Senate majority had excluded them from the original budget drafting (the Republican-led Senate passed a balanced budget during the regular session months ago). That apparently was enough Democrats to backtrack on the deal. Sounds to me an awful lot like what Nancy Pelosi did to U.S. House Republicans on the "Affordable" Care Act (Obamacare) in 2009. Looks like turnabout is NOT fair play. They'll be back in Olympia next week.
In any event, the Senate Democrats blinked, the budget deal was struck (with a gas tax increase to take effect in 21 days, road improvements to follow), and the legislature finally adjourned today, 10 July. Day 176 since the legislature first convened back in January, three special sessions, the longest legislative session in Washington history.
Contrary to rumors circulating at the beginning of the first Special Session, they did not take up any gun bills, pro- or anti.
This (hopefully) is the final GOAL Post until January 2016. GOAL Alerts will be published as circumstances dictate.
Bill # Subject Prime sponsor Status GOAL Position
None None None None None
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
HEARING(S) SCHEDULED: None.
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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Article 1, Section 24
Constitution of the State of Washington
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