With just 20 (!) days remaining in the 2021 Legislative session, floor action kicks into high gear this week with opposite house cutoff arriving Sunday. Week 13 follows a productive Week 12, which saw the Senate pass the 2021-23 Operating Budget, a $59.2 billion investment in pandemic relief, vaccine distribution, public health, police accountability, tax reform, climate resiliency, behavioral health, housing and many, many more areas crucial to communities throughout Washington.

You can read more about the operating budget here: Senate passes landmark $59.2 billion budget for state’s recovery

BLAKE DECISION RESPONSE

Sen. Manka Dhingra, prime sponsor of Senate Bill 5476.

Monday, April 5
10 a.m.

The Ways & Means Committee will hear public testimony on Senate Bill 5476. The bipartisan legislation sponsored by Sen. Manka Dhingra is in response to the Washington Supreme Court’s Blake Decision and establishes a treatment-focused legal framework for minor controlled-substance offenses. Watch live on TVW.

FORWARD WASHINGTON WORK SESSION

Senator Steve Hobbs presides over the senate from the rostrum in olympia
Sen. Steve Hobbs (D-Lake Stevens), Chair of the Transportation Committee.

Tuesday, April 6
8:30 a.m.

The Transportation Committee will hold a work session and receive feedback from transportation advocates on a revised balance sheet, including revenue and spending plans along with a revised project list as the committee continues their work to put together the Forward Washington transportation investment package. You can view the updated balance sheet and project lists here. Watch live on TVW.

SDC-HDC MEDIA AVAILABILITY

Associated Press reporter Rachel La Corte, Speaker of the House Laurie Jinkins, Senate Majority Leader Andy Billig and House Republican Minority Leader JT Wilcox take part in the 2019 AP Legislative Forum
Leadership from the Senate and House Democratic Caucus will answer questions from the media Tuesday.

Tuesday, April 6
12:30 p.m.

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

FLOOR ACTION

The Senate will be on the floor all week to pass House bills before Sunday's cutoff.

Monday-Sunday
Morning to evening

The Senate will be on the floor this week working ahead of Sunday’s opposite house cutoff. The best way to follow all the action is on TVW and our Twitter feed at @WASenDemocrats.