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

Health Policy News - February 16, 2015

We are entering the sixth week of the legislative session and Friday, February 20th is the first cutoff. Cutoff dates are deadlines established by the Legislature within the sixty or 105 day session by which certain actions much be taken. The first cutoff is referred to as policy cutoff. This is the deadline for bills to be passed out of policy committees in their house of origin. Bills then move on to fiscal committees or the Rules committee. For what we're watching this week and more, check out this weeks' Health Policy News You Can Use!

Health Policy News You Can Use Feb 16 2015.pdf

Health Policy News - February 9, 2015

We are entering the fifth week of the legislative session, and the pace is very busy. Another "hot issue" the legislature is grappling with this session is marijuana. There are competing plans to reconcile medical and recreational marijuana markets and dozens of bills about the topic this session. 

In this weeks' Health Policy News we introduce you to a few of the Marijuana bills that may be of interest or concern to the prevention community. 

Health Policy News You Can Use February 9, 2015.pdf

Health Policy News - February 2, 2015

Things are really getting busy this fourth week of the legislative session; one very hot topic among our legislators is e-cigarettes and vaping! There are a total of 6 current bills under consideration that we list below under "E-cigarettes/Vaping."

We hope that you were able to view the presentation to the Joint House Education and Health Care & Wellness Committee works session on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and statewide academic achievement by Christopher Blodgett PhD, from Washington State University's Area Health Education Center.

Plus more resources for the legislative season, and what we're watching for this week! 

Health Policy News You Can Use - Feb 2, 2015.pdf

2015 Session Cutoff Calendar draft

At a certain point during the Session a "cutoff" date is established for bills to be considered in Committee of the Whole. Absent some extraordinary circumstance, bills still in committee or otherwise missing this cutoff will generally receive no further action during the session. This is the 2015 Session Cutoff Calendar draft until the Legislature adopts formal cutoff dates for the 2015 Session. When it becomes available it can be found here: http://leg.wa.gov/legislature/pages/cutoff.aspx

 

2015 Session Cutoff Calendar.pdf

Health Policy News - January 13, 2015

Welcome to the inaugural issue of Health Policy News for the 2015 Regular Session of the Washington State Legislature. 

The legislature convened at noon on Monday, January 12th and in the next 105 days will tackle many significant issues, including the McCleary State Supreme Court case on education. The McCleary case directs legislators to boost education by billions of dollars by the 2017-18 school year, or face sanctions.

In this week's Health Policy News you will find helpful 2015 Session links for bill tracking, committee meeting schedules, and bill summary and activity reports. We'll be bringing you updates on issues and bills we're tracking throughout this Legislative Session. 

Health Policy News You Can Use 1-13-15.pdf