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Race you to the last cutoff

March 02, 2018

Legislation often beings with a story, an idea, a person. When those ideas receive a bill number and in turn get a public hearing and then pass their chamber of origin, that’s when we see the beauty of the legislative process. With the session winding down, it also places emphasis on future of legislation that hasn’t received consensus yet. Over the last two weeks, it’s felt like the session has been racing to finish line, but that has not stopped the drive legislators have to address issues and get policy to the finish line. >>

Students eventually become insiders

February 23, 2018

The first time I walked on the grounds of the Legislature was back in my sophomore year of high school when I was invited to the Governor's Mansion for an event. The capitol is beautiful but can be equally intimidating. The act of legislation being debated and passed within the walls of the Legislative building is personally astonishing. I’ve had that same mindset about the Legislature for the past couple of years. Being the age of 18, I still felt like an outsider until this week when I facilitated student visits to the capitol for legislative advocacy work. >>

WACTCSA bills advance, committee hearings start back

February 16, 2018

There comes a time during session where agencies and other stakeholders get a semi-slow week. That time is when floor cutoff approaches. This past Wednesday was the floor cutoff for bills to be voted out of their originating chamber by 5 p.m. Both chambers were working diligently into the night debating and voting on bills to make sure they pass cutoff. Needless to say, I was binging TVW while I was away from the Capitol so I was up-to-date on the latest floor action. The moment TVW becomes your interim for Netflix, you know you’re married to WALEG. >>

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