Governor Expected to Sign NFIB-Crafted Bill Into Law

Date: May 05, 2017

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.

Equal Pay

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.

I-1433 Lawsuit

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.]

Previous Reports and Related News Releases, Editorials

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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