Olympia jargon: No, NTIB is not some new kind of face mask

Here’s what’s happening on Day 50 of the 2022 session of the Washington Legislature.

NO CAPTION NECESSARY: Logo for the Cornfield Report by Jerry Cornfield. 20200112

2022 Washington Legislature, Day 50 of 60

Everett Herald political reporter Jerry Cornfield: jcornfield@heraldnet.com | @dospueblos

Want this in your inbox Monday-Wednesday-Friday? Subscribe here.

OLYMPIA, Feb. 28 — This Monday is off to a fast start.

Let’s start on the COVID-19 front, where most requirements of the state’s mask mandate will be lifted March 12.

Gov. Jay Inslee set the earlier date in a coordinated move with his gubernatorial counterparts and public health officials in Oregon and California. No surprise, given revised federal mask guidelines issued last week.

Meanwhile, new rules in the state House of Representatives. Members are not required to prove they’ve been vaccinated to participate in person on the House floor. Also, the number of lawmakers allowed on the floor is going up, from 27 to 45. This will allow 26 Democrats and 19 Republicans, per the House clerk. Senate leaders previously boosted the number of senators allowed in person.

This means floor debates in the final 10 days will seem closer to normal, though lawmakers must still wear masks when speaking.

Are you NTIB?

Friday at 5 p.m. is the cut-off for the House and Senate to pass policy bills from the other chamber, after which those bills can no longer be considered in 2022.

Except when they can. They just need the right tag.

One tag is “Necessary to Implement the Budget,” better known as NTIB. Most often, this is reserved for spendy and spending legislation. But technically, if a policy might bring in a dollar or cost one to carry out, that’s enough to earn the tag.

Another is “Necessary to Pass the Budget,” or NTPB. This is when leaders of a majority party need votes to pass a budget and encounter members who are withholding theirs in exchange for action on something else. That often means keeping it alive beyond the cut-off.

And then there’s “Exempt from Cut-off,” which is the catch-all for any big bill that the majority wants kept alive to the end.

Here’s an example: A bill banning the sale of high-capacity ammunition magazines faces Friday’s cut-off. It enjoys support in the Democratic caucus. So it could get exempted. However, as noted before, it still might not get voted on. Republicans could drop dozens of amendments on it, requiring too much floor time to tackle.

United on Ukraine

Last week’s budget debates in the House and Senate featured many partisan fights.

But Russia’s attack on Ukraine provided a unifying moment.

The Senate on Friday and the House on Saturday approved a budget amendment steering nearly $19 million in the proposed supplemental budget to provide needed services and housing for Ukrainians who flee the conflict to Washington.

Money would go to counties to assist newly arriving refugees. Also, funds would be funneled through the state Department of Social and Health Services to help families secure housing and other necessary support services, such as enrolling children in school and getting a job.

Sen. Chris Gildon and Rep. Kelly Chambers, both Republicans, sponsored the amendments in their respective chambers.

Getting to yes

House Democrats on Saturday ditched the tax on exported fuel from their transportation package. That quieted opposition from other states and avoided messy litigation.

To make up the money, House Democrats figure to tap the public works trust fund for $100 million a year for 15 years. That won’t sit well with cities, counties and special districts that rely on that account to help them pay for sewer, water and other infrastructure projects.

Ten days to talk it all out.

To subscribe to the Cornfield Report, go to www.heraldnet.com/newsletters. | Previous Cornfield Reports here.

 

News clippings

Compiled by: House Democrats | House Republicans

 

On TV

Non-profit TVW covers state government in Olympia and selected events statewide. Programs are available for replay on the internet, and the channel is widely available on Washington cable systems.

TVW schedule | Current and recent video | Shows

 

Links

Contact your legislator | District lookup | Bill lookup

Legislature home | House | Senate

Caucuses: House Democrats | House Republicans | Senate Democrats | Senate Republicans

Office of the Governor

Laws and agency rules

Beat reporters: Jerry Cornfield (Herald) | Rachel La Corte (AP) | Joseph O’Sullivan (Times) | Jim Brunner (Times) | Austin Jenkins (NW News Network) | Melissa Santos (Crosscut) | Shauna Sowersby (McClatchy newspapers) | Laurel Demkovich (Spokesman-Review)

Talk to us

More in Local News

Logo for news use featuring the municipality of Lake Stevens in Snohomish County, Washington. 220118
Motorcyclist identified in fatal crash near Lake Stevens

Anthony Palko, 33, died Monday night after colliding with a passenger car. The juveniles in the car were taken to the hospital.

Marysville
Police: Marysville man shot sword-wielding roommate in self-defense

The roommates were arguing over eBay sales, according to police. Then one of them allegedly brandished a two-foot sword.

Logo for news use featuring the municipality of Lake Stevens in Snohomish County, Washington. 220118
Everett boy, 12, identified as Davies Beach drowning victim

Malachi Bell was one of three swimmers in distress Sunday in Lake Stevens. He did not survive.

Everett
Port of Everett hosting annual open house after pandemic hiatus

Also, Rustic Cork Wine Bar plans to open a second shop at Fisherman’s Harbor — the latest addition to the port’s “wine walk.”

Mike Kersey with Aiya Moore, daughter of Christina Anderson, right, talk about the condition of Nick’s Place in Everett, Washington on June 17, 2022.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
‘We’re all good people when we get clean and sober’

Who has fentanyl taken from us? A messenger who saved lives. A “street mom.” A grandpa who loved his grandkids “999 trillion times.”

Snohomish County Superior Courthouse in Everett, Washington on February 8, 2022.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Bailiff’s comments leads to appeal of child rape conviction

Joseph Hall, of Snohomish, was sentenced to more than 13 years in prison. Now he faces another trial.

Jeffrey Vaughan
In unexpected move, Vaughan resigns from Marysville council

He got re-elected in November. But he and his wife moved to Texas when she received a job promotion.

Snohomish County Prosecutor Adam Cornell at the Snohomish County Courthouse on Monday, Nov. 15, 2021 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
How to answer Snohomish County’s basic crime questions? ‘Transparent data’

An initiative funded in part by Microsoft could reveal racial disparities, while creating an “apples to apples” database.

Chris Rutland and son Julian buy fireworks from the Big House of Boom stall at Boom City on Thursday, June 30, 2022 in Tulalip, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
At Tulalip’s Boom City, fireworks are a family tradition

Generations have grown up at the Fourth of July institution. “Some people make good money, some are just out here for the pastime.”

Most Read