A busy week in the Senate saw legislation passed to better support Washington’s front line workers as they help us through the pandemic (SB 5115), and major reforms to the oversight of Washington law enforcement (SB 5051), and the Employment Security Department (SB 5193). Senate Democrats also passed bills to bring more equity to healthcare (SB 5228)¬†and a bill to ensure Washingtonians can safely express their first amendment rights without the threat of intimidation (SB 5038).

With just nine days left until house of origin cutoff on March 9, the Senate will work on the floor all week on policies to strengthen our economy, workforce, criminal justice, the environment and more.

FLOOR ACTION

Washington State Senate floor debate, Feb. 2021
The Washington State Senate convenes for floor debate, February 17, 2021.

Monday-Friday, and possibly Saturday
Morning, noon and night

The Senate will be in action all week and possibly into the weekend, working ahead of the March 9 house of origin cutoff. The best way to follow all of the action is here on TVW, the SDC Facebook page, and our Twitter feed.

SDC/HDC MEDIA AVAILABILITY

Senator Marko Liias and Representatives Monica Stonier and Pat Sullivan take questions from the media.
Sen. Marko Liias (D-Lynnwood) and Reps. Monica Stonier and Pat Sullivan answer questions from the media.

Tuesday, March 2
2 p.m.

Leadership from the Senate and House Democratic Caucuses will answer questions from the press on Tuesday. Watch live on TVW.

EMPLOYMENT SECURITY, STATE AUDITOR OVERSIGHT

Senator Karen Keiser and Senator Curtis King participate in a legislative hearing in Olympia
Sen. Karen Keiser (D-Des Moines) Chair of the Labor, Commerce & Tribal Affairs Committee.

Thursday, March 4
8 a.m.

The Labor, Commerce & Tribal Affairs Committee will hold a work session to hear from representatives from the Employment Security Department and Office of the State Auditor to get an update on unemployment claims and the recent data breach. Watch live on TVW.