One special session ends, another begins
NFIB/Washington State Director Patrick Connor reports from Olympia on the small-business agenda for the legislative week ending May 26.
March 23 marked both Day 30 of the First Special Session of the 2017 Washington State Legislature, and Day 1 of the Second Special Session of the year. The Legislature held a short, pro forma session, adjourning the first special session sine die at 11:45 a.m. Gov. Jay Inslee then held a press availability, and called the Legislature into a second special session at noon.
During that press briefing, the governor declared both the majority House Democrats’ capital gains tax proposal and the Senate Majority Coalition Caucus’ property tax shift dead, allowing both parties to claim, “I told you so.”
The state House of Representatives held a floor session May 25, again passing a number of bills it had approved previously. The state Senate did not convene this week.
It appears next week will see more pro forma sessions, but no floor sessions or committee hearings of note.
Previous Reports and Related News Releases, Editorials
May 18 Report—Another Special Session of the Washington Legislature Expected
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