Another Special Session of the Washington Legislature Expected

Date: May 18, 2017

Open Senate seat to determine control of the upper house.

NFIB/Washington State Director Patrick Connor reports from Olympia on the small-business agenda for the legislative week ending May 18.

Week Four of the first special session of the 2017 Washington State Legislature was largely uneventful, aside from a spirited work session on state labor contracts held by the Senate Commerce, Labor & Sports Committee.

In addition, Gov. Jay Inslee signed several bills May 16, including two on which NFIB won amendments allowing us to be neutral: House Bill 1620, expanding local government background checks; Senate Bill 5835, pregnancy accommodation; and one we opposed, House Bill 1538, requiring prime contractors to bond subcontractor retainage on public works projects at the subcontractor’s request. The latter was NFIB’s only legislative defeat so far this year.

Special Session Ahead

The Legislature still has not reached agreement on an operating budget and is not expected to do so by May 23, the last day of the current special session. A second special session is certain; the only unknown is when Gov. Jay Inslee will call for it to begin.

Paid Family and Medical Leave

Negotiations continue on a new paid family and medical leave insurance program. There is nothing new to report at this time. Negotiators are scheduled to meet again May 23.

Special Elections

Finally, it is candidate filing week. A list of who’s filed so far for state and local offices is available here. There have been no surprises in legislative special election races so far; filing ends at 5 p.m., May 19. Republicans appointed to fill state House and Senate vacancies in the 7th and 31st districts have each drawn one Democrat challenger. Democrat Senate appointees in the 37th and 48th districts, and the Democrat House appointee in the 48th, are all thus far unopposed. The marquee contest is the open 45th district Senate seat, between newcomers Republican Jinyoung Lee Englund and Democrat Manka Dhingra, for control of the state Senate.

Previous Reports and Related News Releases, Editorials

May 12 Report—Inslee Signs Small Business Bill of Rights Inventory Into Law

May 5 Report—Governor Expected to Sign NFIB-Crafted Bill Into Law

April 28 Report—Bill Simplifying Crowd Funding Signed Into Law

April 21 Report—NFIB Victory: Regulatory Fairness Act Signed Into Law

April 7, 14 Report—NFIB Victory: Ban The Box Bills Dead—For Now

March 31 Report—Labor Threat: Paid Family Leave Legislation or Ballot Initiative

March 24 Report—‘Get NFIB on Board’ Orders Senate Committee Chairman

March 17 Report—Legislators Challenged on Their Ban-The-Box Hypocrisy

March 10 Report—Major Legislative Deadline Passes in Olympia

March 3 Report—NFIB Agenda Bills Passing by Big Margins in Olympia

February 24 Report—Key NFIB Legislative Bills Advancing in Olympia

February 22 Editorial—Good News Can Come Out of Olympia

February 17 Report—NFIB Making Long Strides in Regulatory Reform

February 16 News Release—Small Business Seeking to Toss I-1433

February 16 News Release—New Poll Shines Light on Big Small-Business Headache

February 10 Report—NFIB Only Business Group to Testify for Right to Work

February 3 Report—Competing Employer Mandates Take Center Stage

January 27 Report—Small Business Bill of Rights Inventory Legislation Advances

January 20 Report—Bill Introductions Begin in Earnest in Olympia

January 13 Report—Opening of Legislative Session Sees NFIB Charging Ahead


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