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2024 PSARA WA State Legislative
Agenda Activity Report

(week of February 18, 2024)

Listed below are the Bills that PSARA is following that will have hearings in the coming week.  In Washington State you do not need to attend the hearing to express your support for a specific bill, you can sign in to the Legislative Committee page and express your support or opposition.  Legislators have repeatedly told us that signing in and indicating your support or opposition to a bill is very important for a bills success.   Check out TVW.org to watch both live and archived hearings. I highly recommend the legislative review that you can watch daily for highlights from hearings and floor action (if the links are not working please paste into your browser:  https://tvw.org/shows/legislative-review/ ) 

 

Please see below for PSARA’s Weekly Legislative Report with recommended position and provide the required information.

PSARA Weekly WA Legislative Update

February 18, 2024 (week 6)

Pam Crone, Chair Government Relations Committee

House of Origin Cut-off was Feb. 13. Committee hearings in the second chamber began  Wednesday, Feb. 14. The pace has quickened. 

Budget Time has commenced. The Senate budget comes out Sunday, Feb. 18 at 4 p.m. and the House budget will come out Monday, Feb. 19 at noon. Both will be heard Monday at 4 p.m. They will be passed off of their respective floors later in the week. Thus will begin the jockeying and negotiating among Senate and House budget leaders and the Governor’s office. Only one budget can be passed onto the Governor for his review and signature as well as his line item veto power. 

Click here for a current bill status.  The List does not include all of the bills we have supported, but does include those that were on our 2024 legislative agenda. Feel free to email me if you have a question about a particular bill.

 

Stay tuned for an alert this week sent to all PSARA members regarding HB 2114, the rent stabilization bill. It is going to take a big push to get it out of Ways and Means and onto the floor. Passing this bill would be historic. 

 

Hearings Week 6: Our lobbyist, Nancy Sapiro will sign in on all bills for PSARA. Click on the bill links below to go directly to the appropriate site to sign in as an individual.  If you are signing in as an individual, you must sign in at least one hour before the hearing begins. You can sign in for all bills at the same time. You do not have to wait until the day of the hearing to sign in. 

 

Best, Pam

The link to the specific bill sign-in page is embedded in the bill numbers.  Just click and the link should open in your browser.  If it does not work follow the directions below the list of Bills:

Mon., Feb. 19

HB1889 Eliminate citizenship and immigration status as a requirement for professional licenses and certifications at 10:30 a.m. in Senate Labor and Commerce pro

HB 2467 Long-term care improvements at 10:30 in Senate Labor and Commerce pro

 

Tues., Feb. 20

 

SB 6072 Long-term care trust commission recommendations at 1:30 in House Labor and Workplace Protections pro

HB 2361 Standardized health plans on the Exchange at 8:00 a.m. in House Health Care and Wellness pro

SB 6069 Retirement savings at 1:30 p.m. in House Consumer Protection and Business pro

 

Thurs. Feb. 22

 

HB 2114 Rent Stabilization at 1:30 in Senate Ways and Means pro

 

Here is the link for signing in on the above priority bills as an individual without testifying. Leave the organization space blank.https://app.leg.wa.gov/csi If the link doesn’t work, copy and paste in your browser.  

How to State Your Position on a Bill Without Testifying

1.   Select the committee and meeting date and time, then select the bill for which you would like to register.

2.    Select “I would like my position noted for the legislative record.” Registration will close 1 hour before the start time of the hearing.

3.    Ensure your registration information is accurate. Your registered position will be made available to legislative members and staff of the committee, and will be included in the legislative record for bill and meeting archival purposes, but will not be used as part of testimony summary materials on the bill report.

Visit PSARA’s website filled with tons of information on PSARA happenings including our 2024 state legislative agenda and Lobby Day information. https://www.psara.org/ 

Check out TVW.org to watch both live and archived hearings. I highly recommend the legislative review that you can watch daily for highlights from hearings and floor action. https://tvw.org/shows/legislative-review/

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