Policy cutoff: the good, the bad and the ugly

Dear Neighbor,

Greetings! Today marks the fiscal committee cutoff for this session, when any bill that has a fiscal impact must pass out of committee to still be considered “alive” this session. The exceptions are bills necessary to implement our state’s capital, transportation and operating budgets. Last Friday marked the policy bill cutoff and below are bills of note that have “died” or are still making their way through the legislative process.

I am pleased that three of the bills I sponsored are still moving this session. They include:

Senate Bill 5670, introduced at the request of Snohomish County Fire District 7, would authorize fire protection districts to maintain and repair vehicles owned and used by a county, city, town or school district. This allows neighbors to help neighbors; that is what we do in the 39th Legislative District.

Senate Bill 5367 would create a purple star award that would recognize military-friendly schools that show a commitment to students and families that are connected to our nation’s military. This bill would establish a program with the capacity to provide students with an outlet for their unique circumstances and to turn difficult situations into positive outcomes. Washington state is home to four major military installations, meaning that the number of families connected to the military is a significant portion of our population.

Senate Bill 5366 would allow cities and towns to provide property tax exemptions for new and rehabilitated multiple-unit dwellings in urban areas.

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