February 22, 2013

This Week in Olympia: Policy Cutoff, Gubernatorial Appointments, State Transportation Package

By Patrick Bell

Welcome to the end of week six in the 2013 regular session.

Aside from being almost one-third of the way through the 105-day session, today (Feb. 22) has another important significance.

After today, policy bills that haven’t yet had a hearing in committee, will be singing the swan song. Sure, there are ways to resuscitate certain budget-related bills, but the curtain call for the majority of unheard bills will come today.

Now, for those bills still among the living. Several Higher Ed related policy bills have been generating some buzz this week. Here is a sampling:

Gov. Inslee made another slate of appointments this week, naming new department heads for Transportation, Revenue and Financial Institutions. The Governor also announced his choice of a new General Counsel.

As we reported earlier in the week, President Young visited Olympia for meetings with lawmakers. The State Capitol also saw visitors from the other Washington: Sen. Patty Murray (D), and Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R).

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers meets with Senate Majority Coalition Caucus leadership.

Finally, a big topic of the week was the release by House Democrats of a statewide transportation package. Gov. Inslee reacted to that proposal, and gave his thoughts on the state budget, jobs legislation, gun control, and Hanford cleanup on this week’s “Inside Olympia” via TVW.

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