Health Policy News - Final 2015 Regular Session Edition

Dear Friends,

With operating budget negotiations stalled, the legislature adjourned Sine Die on Friday. This was two days earlier than Sunday April 26th the scheduled 105th day of the regular legislative session. Governor Inslee will call the legislature back into special session on Wednesday, April 29th. Budget negotiators have been invited to meet with Governor Inslee on Monday, April 27th in advance of the start of special session.  

More in the full version of this final, regular edition of Health Policy News You Can Use!

Thanks for joining us this 2015 Legislative Session!

- Your Healthy Policy News Team (Erin, Julie, Whitney and Friends) 

Health Policy News You Can Use_ Final 2015 Regular Session Edition.pdf

Health Policy News: Transportation funding updates - April 20, 2015

Last week the House passed a 16 year transportation revenue packageThe grid below shows the House proposed levels for Safe Routes to School and Bike/Pedestrian funding. Advocates are thanking both House and Senate Transportation leaders, asking for support of these initial funding levels as well as an increase for Safe Routes to School projects. A shout out to our partners American Heart Association, Childhood Obesity Prevention Coalition and Washington Bikes for their advocacy work this session on Safe Routes to School and Bike/Pedestrian funding. 

For more on the transportation funding package, and updates on e-cigs & vaping. Click to view the entire Health Policy News You Can Use, for the week of April 20th. 

Health Policy News You Can Use_ Transportation funding updates.pdf

Webinar - E-cigarettes and Vaping: What You Need to Know

E-cigs and Vaping: What You Need to Know (February 19, 2015)
Presentations from:
  • Dr. Jessica K. Pepper, Center for Regulatory Research on Tobacco Communication, University of North Carolina
  • Deb Drandoff, Assistant Director, Prevention & Youth Services, Washington State ESD 112 
  • Paul Davis, Tobacco Prevention & Control and Marijuana Education, WA State Department of Health
  • Ron Oldham, Moderator

If you are interested in participating in a learning community focused on the science and policy impacts of e-cigarettes and vaping, please click on this link and sign up for further conversations. 

E-cigs and Vaping: What You Need to Know

Health Policy News: Budget Update - April 13, 2015

We are entering the fourteenth week of the regular legislative session. Two weeks to go until "Sine Die." This Wednesday, April 15th at 5:00pm, is the next cutoff ‐ the last day to consider opposite house bills, except those with the highly coveted Necessary to Implement the Budget (NTIB) designation.    For 'What We're Watching' and more budget updates, click on the link to the full Health Policy News You Can Use. 
Health Policy News You Can Use_ Budget Update.pdf

Health Policy News - April 6, 2015

Welcome to the thirteenth week of the legislative session! This Tuesday, April 7th will be the next cutoff to pass bills out of committee. Last Thursday, The House and Senate debated their proposed 2015-17 budgets on their respective chamber floors. The House passed its proposed $38.8 billion budget on Thursday afternoon 51-47, along party lines. The Senate held an overnight session Thursday night, working for more than 10 hours, adjourning at 4:15 a.m. Friday morning.

For What We're Watching this week and more, see the full Health Policy News You Can Use for the week of April 6.

Health Policy News You Can Use April 6.pdf

Health Policy News - April 2, 2015

Welcome to this special mid-week Health Policy News. The Senate Republicans introduced their $38 million 2015-17 budget on Tuesday. The budget increases funding over the biennium by $4.1 billion from current spending. The proposed budget has no tax increases, but relies on the projected $3 billion in increased revenue due to economic growth, budget reductions, moving $325 million in expected retail marijuana tax revenue to the general fund and allowing several tax breaks to expire.  

For more information, click on the pdf link below. 

Health Policy News You Can Use April 2.pdf

Health Policy News - March 30, 2015

Welcome to the twelfth week of the legislative session. It's another busy week in Olympia, and Wednesday, April 1st is the cutoff for bills out of policy committees in the opposite house at 5:00pm. The House operating budget for the 2015-17 biennium totaled nearly $39 billion. As expected, $1.5 billion in new revenue sources were proposed, including a new capital gains tax and changes to the business and occupation tax. House Appropriations Chairman Ross Hunter stated he believes the budget will fully fund the McCleary decision as mandated by the state Supreme Court. The budget will also provide more state hospital and community beds for the mentally ill. You can view the full House proposal here. For highlights of the House budget so far, see the full Health Policy News You Can Use.

Health Policy News You Can Use March 30 2015.pdf

Case Study: Advancing No-Smoking Policies in Public Health

Case Study Focus: Washington State has been advancing no-smoking policies in Public Housing Authorities since 2009. This is in large part due to quality, collaborative partnerships involving the Washington State Department of Health, Foundation for Healthy Generations (Healthy Gen), the Pacific Northwest Regional Council of the National Association of Housing, and Redevelopment Officials (PNRC-NAHRO), the Association of Washington Housing Authorities (AWHA), Public Housing Authorities, and local health departments.  

Foundation for Healthy Generations (Healthy Gen) was funded by the Department of Health in 2011 to lead efforts with public housing authorities to create changes in systems that improve the health of residents, including the creation of no-smoking policies. As of 2014, 32 of the 38 Public Housing Authorities in the state have at least one or more properties covered by a no-smoking policy. This includes 34,174 of a total of 38,844 public housing units in Washington State. In 2009, only 4 public housing authorities, with a total of 834 units, had a no-smoking policy in place. The advancement of no-smoking policies currently impacts about 82,000 residents of public housing authorities throughout the state. Twenty-eight (28) of the 32 Public Housing Authorities with no-smoking policies cover 100 percent of their properties. At least 19 Public Housing Authority no-smoking policies are considered comprehensive.



Health Policy News - March 23, 2015

Welcome to the eleventh week of the legislative session! Last week was a very busy week for health advocates, hearings were held on HB 1645 "Concerning youth substance use prevention associated with tobacco and drug delivery e-cigarettes and vapor products," and SHB 1295 "Concerning breakfast after the bell program." Safe Routes to School advocates came in force to Olympia for Transportation Advocacy Day.

For What We're Watching this week and more, check out this week's Health Policy News You Can Use!



Health Policy News You Can Use March 23 2015.pdf

Health Policy News - March 15, 2015

Welcome to the tenth week of the legislative session. We have just passed the third cutoff ‐‐ bills had to be out of their house of origin by 5:00 pm last Wednesday, March 11th. The only bills exempt from this cutoff were those with the coveted designation of Necessary to Implement the Budget (NTIB). Focus will now be on working bills on the opposite side of the house it originated in. For those and more, see this week's Health Policy News You Can Use!
Health Policy News You Can Use March 15, 2015.pdf

Health Policy News - March 9, 2015

It is the ninth week of the legislative session and we are now past the halfway point of the 105-day legislative session. In this newsletter we review the transportation package, take 57 seconds to learn about some of the issues regarding marijuana from Senator Joe Fain, and look ahead to the third cutoff on Wednesday, March 11th.

Health Policy News You Can Use 3-9-15.pdf

Health Policy News - March 2, 2015

It's Health Policy News for the eighth week of the legislative session. We have passed the second cutoff for bills to move from their fiscal committees (Ways and Means, Appropriations and Capital Budget).  Now we watch bills pulled from the Rules Committee and moved to the floor for debate and vote. The next cutoff is March 11th for bills to move from their House of Origin. For this and more, click on the link below.


Health Policy News You Can Use March 2.pdf