End of Session Update
The Regular Session of the Legislature ended on March 10 – with no agreement on a supplemental budget. Leadership now has 30 days to work out a deal – the biggest roadblock being use of the “rainy day fund.” Forest fire suppression will likely qualify, but negotiators are miles apart on using emergency dollars to boost teach salaries or to fight homelessness.
Charter Schools Still In Business
Just 24 hours before adjourning, the House passed SB 6194 – keeping charter schools open for 1,100 students across the state. Public charter schools are now codified in state law and have a funding source – the WA Opportunites Pathway Account. As amended, the bill prohibits access to local levy dollars and does not allow coversion of existing common schools to charter status.
Changes Coming to I-405
Tolls will no longer be collected on nights and weekends – due to emergency rulemaking by the state Transportation Commission. After 120 days, the Commission will decide whether to make the changes permanent. Look for more information on this page, as WSDOT makes changes to express toll lanes and continues project construction along the I-405 corridor.