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WSNA in Olympia: 2021 Legislative Session Week 6


In this week’s update:

            • Week 6 Recap
            • WSNA Priority Bills Move Out of Fiscal Committees
            • Legis­lator Virtual Town Hall Meetings

Week 6

This week marked the first cutoff of the 2021 legisla­tive session, with bills needing to be voted out of policy commit­tees by Feb. 15. Next Monday, Feb. 22, is the deadline for bills to be voted out of fiscal commit­tees. Several of WSNA’s 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 – all bills must be voted out of their chamber of origin by March 9 to stay alive (unless they are deemed neces­sary to imple­ment the budget”).

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 Trans­parency (HB 1272): This bill creates greater finan­cial trans­parency for health systems. It had a hearing in the House Appro­pri­a­tions Committee on Feb. 18 and was voted out of Committee today.
  • Worker Protec­tion Act (HB 1076): The Worker Protec­tion Act gives workers a new way to help enforce the standards Washington state has said are impor­tant, things like meal and rest breaks, wage theft, and safety viola­tions. This bill had a hearing in the House Appro­pri­a­tions Committee on Feb. 17. It must be voted out of Appro­pri­a­tions before the Feb. 22 fiscal cutoff.
  • Increasing Worker Protec­tions (HB 1097): This bill creates new protec­tions around retal­i­a­tion for reporting unsafe workplace condi­tions. This bill had a hearing in the House Appro­pri­a­tions Committee on Feb. 17 and WSNA Legisla­tive & Health Policy Council Chair Justin Gill testi­fied in support. It was voted out of Appro­pri­a­tions on Feb. 18.

Legis­lator Virtual Town Hall Meetings

With the legis­la­ture meeting remotely, this year’s Legis­lator Town Hall meetings will also be held remotely. The House Democ­rats have released their list of Virtual Town Hall meetings and the Senate Democ­rats now have their Virtual Town Hall meetings avail­able on a calendar. Many of these are coming up quickly – and they are listed by date rather than district.

We have not yet seen the House Repub­li­cans or Senate Repub­li­cans full list of Virtual Town Hall meetings; however, many are holding them. If you live in a legisla­tive district with Repub­lican legis­la­tors, you can sign up for their individual legisla­tive electronic newslet­ters to receive infor­ma­tion like this. You can also sign up for the House Repub­lican Caucus newsletter here or the Senate Repub­lican Caucus newsletter here.


    Please look for regular email updates on legisla­tive action as the legisla­tive session gets underway – we look forward to your partic­i­pa­tion in the process!