Inside Olympia: Final budget released, legislative session concludes

The Legislature adjourned on time Sunday, April 23. Legislators introduced 2,312 bills in the 2023 session and 491 bills passed, for a roughly 20% rate of passage... Read More >>

Inside Olympia: Significant bills pass Legislature

We are excited to announce that two high-priority bills have passed both chambers of the Legislature and are on their way to the governor for his signature... Read More >>

Inside Olympia: House releases its proposed budget & Safety Net Assessment introduced

On March 27, the House released its proposed budget for the 2023-25 biennium. This follows the release of the Senate’s proposed budget March 23... Read More >>

Inside Olympia: Senate releases its proposed budget

On March 23, the Senate released its proposed budget for the 2023-2025 biennium. While the March state revenue forecast was down, budget writers still expect a surplus, allowing for new state spending... Read More >>

Inside Olympia: Bills are getting committee hearings in the opposite chamber

With a little more than a month left in the 2023 legislative session, bills that passed their chamber of origin have started to receive committee hearings in the opposite chamber... Read More >>

Inside Olympia: Compromise E2SSB 5236 passes Senate, two key bills WSHA opposed fail to advance

After an intense week of negotiations, WSHA and union representatives reached an agreement on compromise language to amend E2SSB 5236. The new language, which removes mandated nurse-to-patient ratios and replaces it with new requirements for hospital staffing committees, passed out of the Senate ahead of the cut-off.... Read More >>

Inside Olympia: Compromised reached on SB 5236, bills still alive after fiscal committee cutoff

On Friday, Feb. 24, WSHA reached a compromise on SB 5236 that will remove the mandated nurse-to-patient ratios contained in the legislation. The bill passed the Senate Committee on Ways... Read More >>

Inside Olympia: Bills still alive after first cutoff of session, Advocacy Day a success!

Friday, Feb. 17 marked the first cutoff of the legislative session, when a policy bill must have passed through its committee of origin (except for fiscal committees)... Read More >>

Inside Olympia: Staffing ratios, difficult-to-discharge bills move to Senate Ways & Means

The big news this week is that SB 5236 (mandating ratios by rulemaking) and SB 5103 have advanced from their respective committees... Read More >>

Inside Olympia: More Protect Patient Safety & Access bills receive hearings

Three more of WSHA’s proactive Protect Patient Safety & Access bills have hearings this week... Read More >>

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