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2017 Legislative Session

We are officially nearing the end of the 2017 Legislative Session with the second committee cut-off on March 29.  That means that any bill not referred to the fiscal committees or deemed Necessary to Implement the Budget (NTIB) are presumed dead.  Bills must be out of the fiscal committees by April 4 and voted out of the opposite house by April 12. The session is scheduled to end on April 23, 2017, but one or more special sessions to finalize the budget are expected.

Positive Budget News

Both the Senate and House budgets maintain previous levels of funding for WDA and the State Office of Public Defense.  The Senate budget also has an increase to support expansion of the Parents Representation Project statewide as does the House budget.  The House budget also includes a vendor rate increase for appellate and parents representation defenders.  It is extremely positive that neither budget includes cuts and that both are proposing some modest increases.

Here is the status of the 400+ bills we have been tracking this session as of March 31, 2017. The status of bills is changing daily so please don't hesitate to contact Christie Hedman if you have any questions. 

We Need Your Help

The legislative committee is looking for members to review bills and testify.  Please let Christie Hedman know if you are interested in assisting.

Further information on the legislature and the legislative session may be found at

If you are interested in participating in the committee or have questions about our legislative program, please contact Christie Hedman at 206-623-4321.

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