The Legislature has now completed the first two weeks of the 2014 session and we’re well underway debating bill proposals and negotiating with our colleagues. Since this is a short (60-day) session, the timeframe to accomplish what we need to do is reduced and everything seems to be getting done in a hurry. I wanted to share an update on the progress of some of my bills before going into detail about a few others. Continue reading
On April 19 the Senate Transportation Committee approved a bare-bones, no-new-taxes transportation budget for 2013-15. Three days later the House Transportation Committee adopted a separate bill that would impose a 10-cent hike in the state portion of the gas tax over three years, and create or increase an array of other transportation-related fees.
The no-new-taxes nature of the transportation budget didn’t change as it sailed through the Senate (with a 46-1 vote) and the House (vote: 72-25) and on to the governor, who signed it May 20. Although the governor is still cheerleading for more transportation revenue, at least publicly, the reality is this: The Legislature can adjourn for the year without another word about transportation because we already have a new transportation budget in place.
Greetings, and thanks for reading my Olympia Report e-newsletter! The 2013 legislative session is well underway, and we’ve just passed our first cutoff deadline. Friday was the last day that policy committees in both the House of Representatives and the Senate could consider bills from their body of origin. This week, only the Senate Ways and Means Committee and Senate Transportation Committee can continue to hold public hearings on bills until fiscal committee cutoff this Friday. After that, it’s two weeks of the full Senate debating and passing bills in the Senate Chamber.
I’m pleased to report that three of my bills have already been passed by the full Senate and are now being considered by House committees. Seven more of my bills have received do-pass recommendations by Senate committees and are now making their way to the Rules committee in preparation for full Senate debate. You can read more about my bills and other issues facing the Legislature this session by visiting my website, jimhoneyford.senaterepublicans.wa.gov. Continue reading