Barring deal, state lawmakers face vetoes and special session

  • By Jerry Cornfield
  • Thursday, March 10, 2016 10:35am
  • Local News

OLYMPIA — This could be a long day and night for state lawmakers.

Thursday is the last scheduled day of the 2016 regular session and the House and Senate continue to negotiate an agreement on a supplement to the state budget.

If lawmakers don’t approve an agreement and adjourn by midnight, Gov. Jay Inslee has said, he will summon them into special session starting Friday.

A key sticking point is the potential use of the Budget Stabilization Account, better known as the state’s Rainy Day fund.

The House budget, crafted by majority Democrats, uses $467 million from the fund to pay for last year’s wildfires as well as services for homeless and school construction. The Senate budget, crafted by majority Republicans, doesn’t tap the fund at all.

Also, Inslee has said he will veto 37 bills sitting on his desk. The fate of those bills must be decided today and the governor’s choices are to sign them, veto them or allow them to become law without his signature.

On Monday, he made it abundantly clear the red veto pen will come out if the two chambers don’t at least inform him they have reached an accord by midnight.

Below is the list of bills provided by the governor’s office. Read details on any of these bills here: http://app.leg.wa.gov/billinfo.

  • ESSB 5145 – Health tech clinical committee membership
  • SB 5265 – Public funds/reciprocal deposits
  • SB 5342 – Human trafficking definitions
  • SB 5458 – Health district banking
  • SB 5549 – Pharmacy assistants
  • SSB 5767 – Local government treasuries
  • SSB 5864 – Sales and use taxes/annexed areas
  • SB 6148 – Personal property storage
  • SB 6162 – Invasive species council
  • SB 6170 – Retirement information disclosure
  • SSB 6177 – Marijuana research licenses
  • SB 6196 – Energy site evaluation council
  • SB 6202 – National guard employment rights
  • ESSB 6206 – Industrial hemp growing
  • SSB 6219 – Vehicular homicide sentences
  • SB 6220 – Federal economic development funds
  • SSB 6281 – Uniform athlete agents act
  • SB 6282 – Mortgage lending fraud prosecution account
  • SSB 6284 -Fire sprinkler systems
  • SSB 6286 – Offender assault victims
  • SSB 6290 – Apple commission
  • SSB 6295 – Coroner inquests
  • SSB 6326 – Automobile facility records
  • SSB 6341- Cannabis producer services
  • SSB 6342 – Private activity bond allocation
  • SSB 6354 – Reverse transfer agreements
  • SB 6376 – Human trafficking awareness day
  • SB 6398 – Cultural foods
  • SB 6401 – Secondary fish receivers
  • SSB 6421 – Expanding availability of epinephrine autoinjectors
  • SSB 6463 – Crime of luring
  • SSB 6466 – Higher education/disabled students
  • SB 6491 – Apostille services
  • SSB 6498 – Recovery sponsor privilege
  • SSB 6569 – Patient out-of-pocket costs
  • ESSB 6606 – Wholesale vehicle dealer licenses
  • SB 6633 – Marine resources advisory council

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