The Washington State legislative session opens today, Monday January 11, 2021. The Legislature begins each legislative session annually on the second Monday in January. In odd-numbered years, such as when the state budget is debated upon, the State Legislature meets for 105 days, and in even-numbered years, it meets for 60 days.
The cut-off dates for this session are:
Monday, February 15, 2021, the thirty-sixth day, will be the final day to read in committee reports in the house of origin, with the exception of reports from the Senate Ways and Means, Senate Transportation, and House of Representatives fiscal committees.
Monday, February 22, 2021, the forty-third day, will be the final day to read in Senate Ways and Means, Senate Transportation, and House of Representatives fiscal committee reports in the house of origin.
Tuesday, March 9, 2021, the fifty-eighth day, at 5:00 p.m., will be the final time to consider bills in their house of origin.
Friday, March 26, 2021, the seventy-fifth day, will be the final day to read in committee reports on bills from the opposite house with the exception of reports from the Senate Ways and Means, Senate Transportation, and House of Representatives fiscal committees.
Friday, April 2, 2021, the eighty-second day, will be the final day to read in Senate Ways and Means, Senate Transportation, and House of Representatives fiscal committee reports on bills from the opposite house.
Some of the pre-filed Bills for the 2021 Session that we will be watching include:
HB 1108 – Maintaining funding and assistance for homeowners navigating the foreclosure process
SB 5025 – the Consumer Protection Improvement Act
SB 5062 – the Washington Privacy Act
Compliance Services Group tracks these and other legislative actions that may impact your institution on our monthly Regulatory Recap. If you want to be added to our email distribution list, Contact Us.
How a bill becomes a law in Washington State:
- A bill may be introduced in either the Senate or House of Representatives by a member.
- It is referred to a committee for a hearing. The committee studies the bill and may hold public hearings on it. It can then pass, reject, or take no action on the bill.
- The committee report on the passed bill is read in open session of the House or Senate, and the bill is then referred to the Rules Committee.
- The Rules Committee can either place the bill on the second reading calendar for debate before the entire body, or take no action.
- At the second reading, a bill is subject to debate and amendment before being placed on the third reading calendar for final passage.
- After passing one house, the bill goes through the same procedure in the other house.
- If amendments are made in the other house, the first house must approve the changes.
- When the bill is accepted in both houses, it is signed by the respective leaders and sent to the governor.
- The governor signs the bill into law or may veto all or part of it. If the governor fails to act on the bill, it may become law without a signature.
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