Capitol News
April 17, 2017
Melissa Johnson, WSLHA Lobbyist

With just one week left to go in the 105-day regular session, legislators' work now turns to reviewing bills that the opposite chamber has amended. For a bill to move on to the Governor's desk for signature into law, it must pass both the House and Senate in the same form. When, for example, the Senate amends a House bill, the House must then vote to either accept the change or reject it. If the House accepts the change and passes the bill, then the bill moves to the Governor. If the House rejects the change, the chambers negotiate further to determine the final version of the bill. The House and Senate must do this work before they adjourn on Sunday April 23rd. If they cannot reach agreement, the bill dies.

Budget negotiations have yet to start between the House and Senate, so a special session is all but guaranteed. The Legislature and the Governor must then decide whether to bring all legislators back immediately or call back only the budget negotiators. Special sessions are called for 30 days, and multiple special sessions have been necessary in past budget years.

WSLHA High Priority Bills

Bill #

Abbrev. Title

Short Description




ESHB 1843 (SB 5623)

Basic education program

Fulfilling the state's paramount duty for all children through equitable and responsible investments in the state's basic education program and reductions to local effort contributions.

S Ways & Means



ESB 5023
(SB 1059)

Schools/Excess levies

Delaying implementation of revisions to the school levy lid. (REVISED FOR ENGROSSED: Changing provisions relating to school district excess levies.)

C 6 L 17



SB 5177

Hearing loss training

Requiring long-term care workers to be trained to recognize hearing loss.

S Passed FP



2SSB 5179

Hearing instrument coverage

Requiring coverage for hearing instruments under public employee and Medicaid programs.

H Approps



SB 5607


Concerning education.

H Approps