Legislative News – 2017 special session begins

Legislative News – 2017 special session begins

The regular session ended on Sunday, April 23. Special session began today. Several bills are still in the works as they are considered necessary to implement the budget (NTIB). Bills still to be considered include: paid family leave, skilled worker outreach grants, liquor legislation, tourism and more. However, several bills were also passed in the regular session – you can see them here. As the special session continues we will be sending the Legislative News on an as-needed basis. Feel free to contact us at any time with your questions. For more ways to participate you can see the bottom of this email.

The special session was called because there was no budget passed by the Legislature. The main goal of a long session, like the one that just concluded, is to pass a sustainable two-year budget. According to Gov. Inslee,“Both sides are going to have to move fairly dramatically in order to reach an agreement.” With Republicans in control of the Senate, and Democrats in control the House, the final budget will have to be a true compromise.

Special sessions can last 30 days. Negotiations on the budget are likely to be the main focus of this special session. But, at this time the whole process starts over, and technically, all bills (even those previously considered dead) are once again alive until the 30 days ends. However, its unlikely the legislature will want to take up bills that previously were dead unless it is part of a final agreement on the budget. In addition, legislators can introduce new bills for the upcoming session.

Proclamation of May as Hospitality Month from Gov. Inslee
The Washington Hospitality Association received exciting news today that Gov. Inslee has decreed May 2017 to be Washington State Hospitality Month. This is an honor for our industry in recognition of the nearly quarter of a million people employed by the hospitality industry in our state. The proclamation will be read at our May 5th hiring event, jointly hosted by the Hospitality Association and the Wa. Employment Security Department. You can learn more about the event and register for it here. You can read the proclamation here.

Participate
Would you like to participate more with your association Government Affairs Committee (GAC)? During the legislative session GAC calls are held once a week. During the special session the calls will happen as needed.

  • Be a part of the GAC calls – email KatieD@wahospitality.org
  • Text the word SERVE to 52886 – sign up for urgent text alerts