April 23, 2017
The 2017 Regulars Sessions Ends and the 2017 Special Session Begins
On Friday, the Senate MCC initiated another vote on the capital gains and Business and Occupation (B&O) tax proposals. A previous vote on those bills did not occur because Senate rules require a 2/3 vote to advance bills that raise taxes to final passage. Lieutenant Governor Habib ruled that the 2/3 rule is not enforceable. He Lt. Governor Habib said that a 2/3 requirement for advancing a tax bill is not different than a 2/3 requirement for passing a tax bill. As a result, the Senate rules requiring a 2/3 vote to advance tax legislation are not enforceable. The Senate subsequently voted on both the capital gains and B&O tax bills. Both bills failed on a vote of 0-48. Additionally, Senator Rossi introduced legislation that duplicates the House’s tax proposals. The Senate Ways and Means Committee will have a public hearing on that bill on Wednesday.
April 4, 2017
The Deadline for Policy Bills has Passed
March 28, 2017
Budget Discussions Take Center Stage
March 21, 2017
State Revenue Forecasts Released Budget Proposals Expected Soon
March 14, 2017
The 2017 Legislature Resumes Committee Work
March 7, 2017
A Special Session Appears Likely Entering Week 10
HB 1395/SB 5146 – these bills allow transits to use job order contracting. The House bill passed last week and the senate bill is on the Senate floor calendar.
HB 1538/SB 5222 – these bills require prime contractors to bond the subcontractors’ portion of retainage upon request. Both bills have been amended, and both bills are on their respective chamber’s floor calendar.
SB 5301 – includes willful violation of certain state laws to the state’s responsible bidder criteria. This bill passed the Senate and is currently in the House Capital Budget Committee.
SB 5711 - this bill concerns cell phone facility siting. This bill limits what cities site-specific charges for small cell facilities to $500. Cities and towns must authorize the installation of small cell facilities or networks on city or town-owned structures located outside of the right-of-way to the same extent access is permitted to structures for other commercial projects or uses. Among other mandates, an application for a master permit for attaching small cell facilities or installing a new or replacing a pole must be approved within 90 days of submittal. This bill is on the Senate floor calendar.
SB 5788 – this bill concerns the notice clauses in construction contracts. Originally, the bill made the use notice clauses unenforceable. As amended, if a contractor did not follow the notice requirements of a contract, the owner must show they were harmed to enforce the notice clause. The House version failed in its committee of origin. SB 5788 is currently in the Senate Rules Committee and has until 5 pm on March 8th to get a Senate floor vote – which is looking unlikely.
February 28, 2017
Attention Shifts to the Floor Action in House of Origin
February 21, 2017
Several Bills Dead After the First Cut-Date Passes.
February 14, 2017
First Cut-Off Date is Near and Transportation Chairs Seek Input on Unfunded Needs
February 7, 2017
The Fourth Week of Session is Marked by Movement on Few Public Works Bills
Focusing on bills related to the State Environmental Protection Act, there are numerous bills on the APWA tracking list. Yet, only few bills are scheduled for committee action: HB 1086/SB 5438, which require a lead agency to aspire to prepare a final environmental impact statement in as expeditious a manner as possible while not compromising the integrity of the analysis. And, HB 1268, which exempts the construction of sidewalks, sidewalk extensions, paths, and pedestrian walks from SEPA review processes so long as the project does not include certain features. We expect that HB 1268 will be amended to cite the current rule that addresses that issue.
January 25, 2017
The Second Week of the 2017 Session Continues a Slow Start