Dear Friends and Neighbors,
This is the fifth week of the 2014 Legislative Session. Tomorrow, Feb.11, is the second deadline of the year and the last day for bills to be heard in fiscal committees. As of Tuesday, legislation will have one week for bills to be voted off the House floor and move to the Senate. Therefore, the remainder of this week will be devoted to voting for legislation on the house floor.
Bills I have prime sponsored are still moving through the process. They have until the cut-off date on Feb. 18 to move from Rules to the House floor for a vote.
- House Bill 2099 would move expiration date of timber tax reporting requirements and allow the Department of Revenue to use better methodology to simplify and add predictability in determining accurate tax stumpage values.
- House Bill 2371 would allow growlers (container brought by a customer to purchase beer) to be sold in grocery stores. This bill will help our breweries and businesses with increased sales with customers having the option of going to the closest store for purchases.
- House Bill 2404 helps two high tech companies bring design and innovation to our community. This bill would expand the legal definition of an electric personal assistive mobility device (EPAMD) to include their product under the EPAMD definition to allow their products on sidewalks and side streets.
- House Bill 2452 would require agencies to pool their intelligence regarding violations. The bill would help protect consumers by stream lining information-sharing at federal and state levels.
My remaining bill, House Bill 2281, would obligate the Director of the Washington State Lottery to report revenues annually and require the probability of winning to be more obvious on tickets and in advertising. Consumers will be able to see the odds of winning and their contribution to the state lottery income. This bill has until Feb. 11 to move out of fiscal committee. This bill received a hearing in House Appropriations Committee this morning, Feb. 10, and I am optimistic it will move forward in the legislative process.
Other important legislation to be heard this week
There will be a public hearing on House Joint Resolution 4216, amending the Constitution to provide for a simple majority of voters voting to authorize school district levies and bonds. I have listened to many constituents on this matter and understand the majority of voters in the 18th District want the 3/5th majority requirement to remain in place and are opposed to this legislation. I promise to continue to fight against the passage of this bill and similar measures. You can also testify on this measure yourself in the House Committee on Education, Thursday, Feb. 13, at 8:00 a.m. in House Hearing Room A.
Guests and Groups
I was honored to have visited with young leaders from our community who visited me in Olympia (see pictures below). Thank you to the Future Farmers of America, the Battle Ground WALA STAR Students and the students from Heritage High School for discussing issues which impact their generation and communities. My door is always open and I appreciate hearing from you.
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Thank you for the continued opportunity to be your voice in the Legislature.
State Representative Brandon Vick
18th Legislative District
Olympia Office (January-March)
469 John L. O'Brien Building – P.O. Box 40600 | Olympia, WA 98504-0600
(360) 786-7850 or Toll-free: (800) 562-6000