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2020 Legislative Session – 2/10/20

Week 4 Recap and Look Ahead to Week 5

Friday cutoff first of many deadlines to March 12 session end

Prepared by Marie Sullivan, WSPTA Legislative Consultant,

Friday, February 7 was the deadline for policy bills to pass out of their respective policy committees. This first deadline usually catches most of the bills not destined to be awarded with enactment into law. The next deadline is Tuesday, February 11, when bills with a fiscal impact to the state must pass the various budget committees (Appropriations, Capital Budget, and Finance in the House; Ways & Means in the Senate). That’s also usually a big day for bills to end up on the cutting room floor.

2020 Legislative Session – 2/3/20

Week 3 Recap and Look Ahead to Week 4

20 days done, 40 to go

Prepared by Marie Sullivan, WSPTA Legislative Consultant,

Week 4 marks an important milestone in the 60-day session – the first cutoff. On February 7, bills with policy impact must pass out of the policy committee to remain alive. That means that most of the attention this coming week is on voting action in committees. Some committees will continue to hold a few public hearings on bills introduced later in session, but this is the time when members start to “markup” bills with amendments, and those watching bills need to be vigilant about possible changes to the underlying bills.

A good example of this is HB 2440, limiting high-capacity magazine rounds. In the House Civil Rights & Judiciary Committee January 30, three amendments were adopted, including one by Rep. Steve Kirby, D-29 (Tacoma), which would increase the limit from 10 rounds to 15 rounds. The bill passed out of committee.

2020 Legislative Session – 1/26/20

Week 2 Recap and Look Ahead to Week 3

Focus Day meetings a success

Prepared by Marie Sullivan, WSPTA Legislative Consultant,

Nearly 100 WSPTA members visited Olympia on January 20, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, to focus on legislative priorities, meet with their legislators and testify on bills before the House and Senate education committees. In addition, Superintendent Chris Reykdal visited with attendees for about 20 minutes, sharing his vision to tear down barriers to dual credit opportunities for high school students.

Also, in a first-ever (at least in recent years) push to secure the funding for the additional two days of paraeducator training, WSPTA President Janice Kutzera, Advocacy Director Sherry Rudolph, and Executive Director Andrew Estep joined with their counterpart leaders from Public School Employees/SEIU 1948 to meet with House and Senate leadership and budget writers. The partnering of the two organizations was noticed by legislators, who said it was a powerful approach. In 2019, the Legislature funded two of the four days (14 of the 28 hours) needed for the paraeducator fundamental course of study. Putting standards and training in place for paraeducators, who provide 62% of the instruction to students with disabilities, English Language Learners, and students who aren’t at state-level standards, has been a priority for WSPTA since the 2015 legislative session.

2020 Legislative Session – 1/20/20

Week 1 Recap and Look Ahead to Week 2

Historic day kicks off 2020 session

Prepared by Marie Sullivan, WSPTA Legislative Consultant,

The House kicked off the 2020 session January 13 by swearing in Rep. Laurie Jinkins, D-27, as the first woman Speaker of the House in Washington state history. Jinkins and many colleagues wore white in celebration of women’s suffrage, and Jinkins vowed to work hard on behalf of all the citizens of Washington state.

Monday also marked the day for new members and re-elected members (members being replaced are in parentheses), to be sworn in. This included Sen. Ron Muzzall, R-10 (Bailey); Rep. Davina Duerr, D-1 (Stanford); Rep. Alex Ramel, D-40 (Morris); and Jesse Johnson, D-30 (Reeves). Both Sen. Liz Lovlett, D-40, and Rep. Alex Ybarra, R-12, who were appointed last session, won re-election campaigns in November. And the Senate officially welcomed Derek Stanford, D-1, who replaced former Senator Guy Palumbo.

On Tuesday, Governor Jay Inslee delivered his state of the state address. Titled “The Best of Who We Are,” Inslee recognized previous successes that are making Washington a sought-after place to live, work and play. This included an emphasis on the Career Connected Learning Initiative, with the Governor citing several examples of how the effort is helping K-12 students who may be seeking well-paying career pathways, as well as individuals thinking of mid-career changes.