Inside Olympia: Hospital at Home bill gets a hearing

WSHA is excited that SB 6101, extending the Hospital at Home program, will get its first public hearing this week. This is one of WSHA’s high-priority pieces of legislation this session... Read More >>

Inside Olympia: 2024 legislative session is now underway

he 2024 legislative session begins today. This year’s session is the second in the two-year biennium and will last for 60 days, making it a “short” session... Read More >>

Gov. Inslee releases proposed 2024 supplemental budget

Gov. Inslee released his proposed 2024 state supplemental budget Dec. 13. This budget includes significant investments in behavioral health, housing, education and climate change... Read More >>

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 >>

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