Today is Saturday, April 27, the 104th day of the 105-day legislative session.
The House voted 67-29 Friday to approve a bill that would require tax breaks to have an expiration date and would collect more information about how the tax preferences are used. Democratic Rep. Reuven Carlyle of Seattle says the proposal is a fiscally responsible plan to provide more examination of tax policies to help lawmakers make better decisions.
Some Republicans opposed Senate Bill 5843, specifically expressing concern about the details that businesses must report.
The measure now goes back to the Senate, which approved a different version.
TODAY IN THE LEGISLATURE
The Senate has scheduled caucuses and floor sessions at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m., and the House expects to convene at noon.
With just two days left of the regular 105-day legislative session, lawmakers will continue to hammer out deals where possible. However, with time running out and such a wide divide between the Democrat-controlled House’s operating budget and the Republican-dominated Senate’s budget, a special session is widely considered a foregone conclusion. The only question remaining is when lawmakers will return.
Lawmakers are expected to finish work on at least one budget before adjourning their regular session on Sunday. Negotiators have reached an apparent deal on an $8.8 billion transportation budget that would allocate money for roadway maintenance and continue paying for existing big-ticket projects like the floating bridge across Lake Washington and replacing the Alaskan Way Viaduct tunnel.
The state House is expected to vote on the compromise two-year budget this weekend, with the Senate likely to follow suit.
ELSEWHERE ON CAMPUS
The Washington Education Association will be holding a rally on the north steps of the Legislative Building from 9:30 a.m.-noon today. Attendance is estimated at 1,000.
At least one group seems to be betting on the Legislative Building still being abuzz with people come next week. Hoquiam Middle School has scheduled a musical performance in the building’s Rotunda at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday.The Associated Press