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 >>

Inside Olympia: Protect Patient Safety & Access bills begin to receive hearings

We are pleased to report that many of WSHA’s proactive Protect Patient Safety & Access bills have been introduced, and two are receiving hearings this week... Read More >>

Staffing mandates bill get first hearing; Consumer health data, insurer contracting bills to receive hearings

Thank you to everyone who testified and signed in last week to oppose SB 5236, which institutes hospital staffing mandates, including nurse and certified nurse assistant-to patient ratios by rulemaking... Read More >>

Nurse-to-patient ratio bill gets first hearing

Entering the second week of this year’s legislative session, important bills are beginning to receive hearings... Read More >>

Inside Olympia: 2023 legislative session is now underway

The 2023 legislative session begins today. This year’s session is the first in the two-year biennium and will last for 105 days, making it a “long” session. Before they adjourn on April 23, lawmakers will need to pass the operating, capital and transportation budgets for the biennium... Read More >>

Governor Inslee releases proposed 2023-25 budget

Gov. Inslee released his proposed $70 billion 2023-25 state budget Dec. 14. The governor’s Proposed 2023-25 Budget and Policy Highlights document outlines his priorities for this budget and provides an overview of the state’s financial position entering the next biennium... Read More >>

Legislative session adjourns

This Inside Olympia edition summarizes noteworthy bills that WSHA worked on and their results. Most notably, we are pleased to report that HB 1868, which would have mandated strict hospital staffing ratios, did not pass out of the Senate Ways & Means Committee.... Read More >>

Legislature releases final supplemental budget

Yesterday afternoon, the House and Senate released their final supplemental budget for the remainder of the 2021-2023 biennium. The Legislature is set to adjourn today – March 10.... Read More >>

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