This week, bills must make it through two additional cutoffs (a fiscal cutoff and a floor cutoff) in order to continue their journey toward becoming law.
FISCAL CUTOFF (OPPOSITE HOUSE)
Monday, March 2
Senate Ways & Means Committee: 10 a.m., then 1:30 p.m. in SHR 4
Senate Transportation Committee: 1:30 p.m. in SHR 1
All House bills that impact the budget must be passed out of the Senate Ways & Means or Transportation committee by end of day Monday. And, all of the Senate bills with a budget impact must be passed out of the House Appropriations or Transportation committee.
MARATHON FLOOR ACTION
Tuesday, March 3 – Friday, March 6
Senators will spend much of their time on the floor Tuesday through Friday considering House bills that have previously been passed off the House floor and out of Senate committees. Floor session is currently scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. each day, but the schedule is subject to change. Full weekly schedules can be found here.
FLOOR CUTOFF (OPPOSITE HOUSE)
Friday, March 6
All House bills must be passed of the Senate floor, and all Senate bills must be passed off of the House floor in order to continue through the legislative process. Bills will then head to Governor Jay Inslee’s desk for signing or to conference to reach agreement on amendments.
The Senate will begin consideration of the final bill by 5 p.m.