WSNA in Olympia: 2021 Legislative Session Week 6

In this week’s update:

            • Week 6 Recap
            • WSNA Priority Bills Move Out of Fiscal Committees
            • Legis¬≠lator Virtual Town Hall Meetings

Week 6

This week marked the first cutoff of the 2021 legisla¬≠tive session, with bills needing to be voted out of policy commit¬≠tees by Feb. 15. Next Monday, Feb. 22, is the deadline for bills to be voted out of fiscal commit¬≠tees. Several of WSNA‚Äôs priority bills were voted out of committee this week.

After the fiscal committee cutoff, the House and Senate will begin a couple weeks of floor action ‚Äď all bills must be voted out of their chamber of origin by March 9 to stay alive (unless they are deemed ‚Äč‚Äúneces¬≠sary to imple¬≠ment the budget‚ÄĚ).

All hearings and meetings with legis­la­tors continue to take place over Zoom and are being aired on TVW. WSNA’s 2021 Legisla­tive Prior­i­ties are avail­able online.

WSNA Priority Bills Move Out of Fiscal Committees

  • Health System Trans¬≠parency (HB 1272): This bill creates greater finan¬≠cial trans¬≠parency for health systems. It had a hearing in the House Appro¬≠pri¬≠a¬≠tions Committee on Feb. 18 and was voted out of Committee today.
  • Worker Protec¬≠tion Act (HB 1076): The Worker Protec¬≠tion Act gives workers a new way to help enforce the standards Washington state has said are impor¬≠tant, things like meal and rest breaks, wage theft, and safety viola¬≠tions. This bill had a hearing in the House Appro¬≠pri¬≠a¬≠tions Committee on Feb. 17. It must be voted out of Appro¬≠pri¬≠a¬≠tions before the Feb. 22 fiscal cutoff.
  • Increasing Worker Protec¬≠tions (HB 1097): This bill creates new protec¬≠tions around retal¬≠i¬≠a¬≠tion for reporting unsafe workplace condi¬≠tions. This bill had a hearing in the House Appro¬≠pri¬≠a¬≠tions Committee on Feb. 17 and WSNA Legisla¬≠tive & Health Policy Council Chair Justin Gill testi¬≠fied in support. It was voted out of Appro¬≠pri¬≠a¬≠tions on Feb. 18.

Legis­lator Virtual Town Hall Meetings

With the legis¬≠la¬≠ture meeting remotely, this year‚Äôs Legis¬≠lator Town Hall meetings will also be held remotely. The House Democ¬≠rats have released their list of Virtual Town Hall meetings and the Senate Democ¬≠rats now have their Virtual Town Hall meetings avail¬≠able on a calendar. Many of these are coming up quickly ‚Äď and they are listed by date rather than district.

We have not yet seen the House Repub¬≠li¬≠cans or Senate Repub¬≠li¬≠cans full list of Virtual Town Hall meetings; however, many are holding them. If you live in a legisla¬≠tive district with Repub¬≠lican legis¬≠la¬≠tors, you can sign up for their individual legisla¬≠tive electronic newslet¬≠ters to receive infor¬≠ma¬≠tion like this. You can also sign up for the House Repub¬≠lican Caucus newsletter here or the Senate Repub¬≠lican Caucus newsletter here.

    Please look for regular email updates on legisla¬≠tive action as the legisla¬≠tive session gets underway ‚Äď we look forward to your partic¬≠i¬≠pa¬≠tion in the process!