Phew! The deadline for a bill to move out of policy committee in house of origin is today and our legislation is moving! We are so grateful for all of you and your willingness to jump into the process with us!
Next week is going to be a bit frenetic. The fiscal committees have to get through as many of the remaining referrals as possible by Friday Feb 24th. This includes hours-long committee hearings and meetings on the weekend. This is a time where bills can just get lost to the calendar and we are going to keep on the pressure to make sure that doesn’t happen.
Speaking of pressure, it’s been a big week as we approached today’s deadline. The week started with some big moves on the Commission bill and ended with a passing vote of Homegrow out of Regulated Substances and Gaming. Also, we are happy to report no potency bills made it out of committee, which renders them pretty dead. (Al can explain zombie bills another time, but we can feel confident that 1641, 1642, and 1595 will not be resurrected.)
Thank you again for your involvement! This is how we get sensible cannabis legislation passed.
If you’d like to follow along with cannabis legislation as it develops, you can view our Bill Tracker HERE.
2/13/23 Senate Labor and Commerce at 10:30a – Executive Session
2/13/23 House Regulated Substances and Gaming at 1:30p – Public Hearing
2/13/23 Senate Ways and Means at 4:00p – Public Hearing
2/14/23 House Regulated Substances and Gaming at 4:00p – Public Hearing
2/14/23 House Regulated Substances and Gaming at 4:00p – Executive Session
2/16/23 House Regulated Substances and Gaming at 8:00a – Public Hearing
2/16/23 House Regulated Substances and Gaming at 8:00a – Executive Session
New Cannabis Bills that Dropped this Week:
We always want to hear from you on what you think about legislation. Please reach-out at any time or stop by in office hours. Most Fridays, office hours will also have a number of members from the Legislative Committee and we’d be happy to loop you into the conversation.
Cannabis Research Commission
Patient Excise Tax
Interstate Commerce Trigger Bill
This is the last week to get a bill out of financial committees. We need your help again this week with signing in. Both bills are well positioned, but the committees need to hear how important they are to you.
2/18/23 Senate Ways and Means at 9:00a – Public Hearing
2/20/23 House Finance at 8:00a – Public Hearing
2/20/23 Senate Ways and Means at 9:00a – Public Hearing
2/20/23 Senate Ways and Means at 9:00a – Executive Session
We need your help with sign-in on Patient Excise Tax and the Cannabis Research Commission!
Go to: https://app.leg.wa.gov/CSI/House
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