Legislative News: Updates - and- Highlights.
Representing WA State children, the WSPTA leaders were in Washington, D.C. today, during their visit to Capitol Hill as part of National PTA’s Annual Legislative Conference. Pictured above are: Nancy Chamberlain, WSPTA Legislative Director, Senator Patty Murray and Michelle Nims, WSPTA President. Thank you to Senator Murray’s office for holding this “Constituent Coffee” to listen to PTA’s priority issues.
HB1508, Breakfast after the Bell: Was signed by Governor Jay Inslee on March 7 at 1:30 pm in the Governor’s conference room. In attendance were bill sponsors, advocates and students. The bill was one of WSPTA’s top 5 list for 2017 and 2018 legislative priorities. Governor Jay Inslee took time to chat with the daughters of Heather Lindberg, Vancouver parent and WSPTA lead for Breakfast after the Bell, at the bill signing ceremony.
Week 8: Highlight
Legislative Session Week 7 Recap: The week of February 19 was one of the busiest of this 60-day session, with the House and Senate releasing their supplemental spending plans for the operating, capital and transportation budgets. The Senate Ways & Means voted the operating and capital budgets out of committee, while the Appropriations Committee voted out the House operating budget. Both chambers passed amended operating budgets on Friday evening, with the Senate also voting the capital budget off the floor.
We Start Week 4 Off with: WSPTA Focus Day 2018, in Olympia !
Friday, February 2 marked the first of many deadlines the Legislature has imposed to keep the flow of business moving forward to a March 8th finale. Tuesday, February 6 will be the next cutoff, when bills with a fiscal impact must have passed out of their respective budget committees. After Tuesday, action will turn to the floor with attention on passing bills out of the chamber in which they started by the February 14th, 5 p.m. deadline.
Week 4: Highlights
3) Shoreline school district PTA member Sara Betnel and her daughter testified on SB 6410 concerning School Safety.
4) Northshore Council President Carrie McKenzie gave testimony on SB 6148 and SB 6223. Watch the TVW Clip >
A lively two-hour hearing on January 22 offered an opportunity for school district leaders and education stakeholders to address implementation issues with last year’s EHB 2242, the education funding overhaul bill that passed the Legislature with no time for review.
Week 3: Highlights
1) Beth Sigall testified for WSPTA in favor of HB 2698, which would extend deadlines for paraeducator standards adopted last session, and fund $500,000 intraining costs for paraeducators across the state. Watch on TVW >
Week 2 of the Legislative Session saw the passage of the 2017-19 capital budget as detailed in the WSPTA weekly recap. Keep up with the bills and committee hearings related to WSPTA member-generated Legislative Priorities and long-term positions
WSPTA Legislative Director Nancy Chamberlain and Region 6 Legislative Chair Heidi Bennett provided WSPTA testimony at the Senate Early Learning and K-12 Education Committee on the new proposed changes to the education funding law in Olympia on January 22nd. Watch here, they begin around 47:05. Watch on TVW >
The 2018 legislative session convened on January 8 and is scheduled for a 60-day session ending on March 8. As a member, you know that advocacy is something that is done every day. Let your voice be heard this session.
WSPTA President Michelle Nims testifying on the governor’s budget at the appropriations committee hearing. Listen to her testimony, near the 40-minute mark: Watch on TVW >
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