Bills held hostage, Ag Alert and more…

Another story you may have heard about is the governor’s threat to veto bills unless the Legislature reaches a budget compromise. While the goal may be worthwhile, I believe she is unnecessarily hurting the people of Washington. There are dozens of bills to help people waiting to become law that hang in limbo because of her threats. Some of those include bills to crack down on human trafficking, one of the most disturbing practices we’ve seen to date. Others include bills to aid the developmentally disabled community. Why would the governor want to hold these bills hostage?

In a related note, because the special session mandates that all bills be returned to their house of origin, essentially that means that any bill that did not pass during the regular session goes back to square one and can find new life if the majority party resurrects it. That means all the bills that would hurt the state’s ag community could potentially be considered again. While I sincerely hope that does not happen – as the Legislature’s primary goal at this point should be to negotiate and pass a supplemental operating budget and nothing more – it wouldn’t be the first time Democrats have taken advantage of an opportunity to revive the bad ideas they couldn’t get through during the first session.

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