Washington Legislative Update -January 23, 2019

The Legislature is in full swing this week. For instance, today (Wednesday) at 1:30 p.m., the House Human Services and Early Learning Committee will hold a hearing on a set of bills related to child care and early learning.

Working Family Tax Credit Bill Introduced The Working Families Tax Credit has taken shape in the form of legislation, introduced by Rep. Debra Engenman and over 25 other sponsors. House Bill 1527  has been sent to the House Finance Committee which means it might get scheduled for a hearing the week of February 4.  A Senate companion bill will likely be introduced soon. 

Legislature Sets Bill Cutoff Schedule
Every session has a series of deadlines that bills have to clear to stay active for that session.  The first hurdle for the 2019 session is approval by committee by February 22. That’s right, only 30 days from now. Any bill that has made it into a fiscal committee by then has until March 1 to be moved out by that committee.  Here’s the full cutoff resolution.

United Ways of Washington Tracking List Coming Next Week
Over 1,000 bills have been introduced into the 2019 session. Next week, we’ll post and update a list of bills we’re following. In guiding the selection of bills to follow, we’re using the legislative framework that United Ways of Washington adopted last September.

Legislative Dates to RememberPlease put these dates on your calendar:


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