State Relations

April 22, 2007

Day 105 Has Finally Arrived

The final day of the 2007 legislative session has finally arrived.  Both the Senate and House convened at 11:00 a.m. and the Senate promptly passed a family leave bill that requires all private and public employers in the state to provide up to five weeks of paid family leave by 2009, but leaves to a future task force the more difficult questions of how to pay for it.

The Senate is expected to take up the operating budget this afternoon followed soon after by the House.  Negotiations on the WASL continue and I’m going to head back up to the capitol building to find out what’s going on there.

I hope those of you who like to follow matters in Olympia found the blog to be of interest and help this year.  I welcome your comments and feedback if you would like to see changes in the future.

I’ll post another entry later today after the budgets have passed the legislature.