Today is Day 40 of the 2017 Regular Session–And house of origin policy cutoff!
So, what does policy cutoff mean? It means that today is the last day to pass policy bills out of committee. Bills that are not voted out of their policy committee by end of day today are “dead.” Unless they are necessary to implement the budget (NTIB).
Here’s a quick reminder about how a bill becomes a law in Washington:
Bill in introduced in house or senate –> Bill gets a hearing in a policy committee (example: higher education) –> Policy committee passes the bill –> Bill will cost the state some money so it gets sent to a fiscal committee –> fiscal committee hears the bill and passes it –> Bill gets sent to Rules where member’s decide which bills go to the floor –> Bill gets voted out of it’s House of Origin (House or Senate) –> Bill starts the process all over again in the other chamber –> If the Bill makes it through the other chambers policy and fiscal commitees and then gets voted off the floor –> Bill is signed by the Governor
As of this afternoon, 1,172 bills have been introduced in the House and 907 bills in the Senate. Of these 2,079 bills, roughly 250 are ready to be voted out of their chamber. Another couple hundred died in their respective policy committees; and, many are waiting for a hearing in the fiscal committees. Just over 50 bills have already been voted off the floor and sent to the other chamber.
Those bills that still remain and have a cost associated with them must be voted out of the fiscal committees by next Friday.
So, here’s a short and somewhat incomplete list of what we are watching:
SHB 1057: Requires that institutions provide loan information to students
HB 1488: Expanding access to the College Bound program
SHB 1561: Expanding the use of Open Educational Resources
SHB 1827: Expanding the educator workforce
SB 5684: Creating the higher education infrastructure investment program
SB 5712: Developing a bilingual educational workforce
SB 5820: Concerning financial aid and the state need grant
Most of these bills have a cost associated with them–so, we will keep an eye on them and see if they make it through the fiscal committees by the end of next week.
If you have any questions or concerns about any of these bills (or others!) feel free to reach out to David Buri (firstname.lastname@example.org) or myself (email@example.com).