Dear Friends and Neighbors,
To date 972 bills have been introduced in 36 days! The first deadline (or cut-off) is Feb. 22. Once that date has passed we will have a much clearer view of which legislation is likely to continue through the process and which bills are considered “dead.” A bill can always be revived after a cut-off but its rare and takes significant work. You can see a list and description of all the 2013 session cut-off dates by clicking here.
In order to keep you informed, I'm sending out this short overview of legislation that will be heard this week and may impact you or our district. I believe this will make you more knowledgeable about the decisions your government is making.
We have received a remarkable amount of feedback from you at home regarding the various pieces of legislation that would impact your right to own a firearm. I am grateful none of these bills have made it to the floor for a vote. I want to assure you that I will continue to be an advocate for the rights of gun owners in Washington state.
You can find a quick reminder of how a bill becomes law by clicking here. If there is a bill listed here that concerns you, that you are interested in knowing more about, or if you would like to come testify, please contact my office. I am here to be your voice in the Legislature.
- Criminalizing employers hiring independent contractors, House Bill 1440. This legislation would establish criteria so when employers cease to employ someone they would be at risk of penalties from an oversight task force with the Employment Security Department. The bill had a hearing today in the Finance Committee, where I serve. If the bill is scheduled for a vote, I will likely vote against it.
- Awarding credit for military training, House Bill 1858. This bill would award academic credit to individuals who have successfully completed a military training course. It is scheduled for a hearing in Higher Education Committee at 8:00 a.m. I am likely to support this legislation.
- Providing financial aid for illegal immigrants, House Bill 1817. This bill would help fund college tuition for immigrant children who are not yet considered U.S. citizens. It is scheduled for a hearing in Higher Education Committee at 8:00 a.m. Should this bill come to the floor for a vote, I am likely to oppose it.
- Improving business climate/rules review, House Bill 1818. This bill would streamline regulations for projects that impact certain industries. It is scheduled for a hearing in Government Operations and Elections Committee at 8:00 a.m. I support this legislation and will continue to keep you updated about its progress.
- Sunset review process, House Bill 1860. This bill would extend the expiration date of the sunset review process, so the legislature can evaluate the need for it. It will have a hearing in Government Operations and Elections Committee at 1:30 p.m. I am likely to vote for this legislation if it comes to the House floor.
- Increasing penalties on employers under WISHA, House Bill 1891. This bill would extend the window for worker complaints and add more employer penalties for non-compliance. It will be heard in House Labor and Workforce Development Committee at 8:00 a.m. I am likely to vote against this legislation if it comes to the House floor.
- State need grant for independent colleges, House Bill 1878. This bill would ensure that kids who go to private colleges can receive just as much from a state need grant as kids that go to public colleges and universities. It is scheduled for a hearing in Higher Education Committee at 1:30 p.m. I support this legislation and would likely vote for it.