NFIB/Washington State Director Patrick Connor reports from Olympia on the small-business agenda for the legislative week ending May 5.
Week 2 of the special session was a quiet one. Lawmakers were in town Tuesday for committee hearings and brief floor action.
Pro-Small-Business Bill Signings
Gov. Jay Inslee signed House Bill 2005, regarding municipal business licensing, Friday, May 5.
Monday he is expected to sign House Bill 1352, NFIB’s small business bill of rights inventory. Both are NFIB/Washington priority bills.
The House again passed House Bill 1506, its “equal pay” penalty bill, which NFIB opposes. Negotiations have been underway, seeking to reach an agreement between business and labor, throughout the session. However, an agreement has not been reached.
Finally, in other news, we lost in superior court on the lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of I-1433. The coalition will meet next week to discuss what, if any, action to take next. This was certainly a disappointment, but not wholly unexpected.
[Photo above, NFIB/Washington State Director Patrick Connor shakes hands with Gov. Jay Inslee after the signing of House Bill 2005 into law.]
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