Legislative Linkup

Legislative Link Up

Welcome to the Legislative Link Up!

The 2015 Regular Session is 105 days | January 12 through April 27.

During the Washington Legislative session, Jeff and Dale of Daybreak have invited the 35th district legislators to be on the show to discuss hot topics. Drew MacEwen will be on the show Thursdays at 8:15AM and Dan Griffey will be on Wednesdays at 7:40AM. Daybreak has also invited US Congressman Derek Kilmer. The interview will air monthly.


Senate OKs Earlier Revenue Forecast In Odd-Numbered Years

moneystackedThe Senate has unanimously passed a bill that would move the state revenue forecast up a month earlier during legislative sessions when lawmakers must craft a two-year budget. The measure, which passed Friday, was sponsored by Republican Sen. Andy Hill, chairman of the Senate Ways and Means Committee.


Supplemental Budget Passes Washington House

WA capmoneyThe Washington state House has approved a spending bill on items requiring immediate attention, from natural disasters to social services.


Hearing On Fantasy Football Gambling

Washington lawmakers may legalize gambling on fantasy football by classifying fantasy sports as games of skill. The Senate Commerce Committee is holding a hearing on the legislation Friday - also known as Blue Friday for Seahawks fans. Gambling on real football games is illegal in Washington. In fantasy sports, players pretend they are team owners and compete based on the statistics generated by real players. OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) – January 30, 2015

House Passes Judicial Review Of Mental Health Decisions

olympiaThe Washington state House unanimously passed a bill that will allow family members to ask a judge to review cases when a mental health professional decides against detaining someone who could be a danger to themselves or others. The measure passed the chamber Thursday and now heads to the Senate for consideration.


Natalie Petri Serves As Page For Sen. Sheldon

olympiaNatalie Petri, a junior at Shelton High School, spent the last week as a page for the Washington State Senate at the Capitol. Petri was one of 18 students who served as Senate pages for the second week of the 2015 legislative session. The Senate Page Program is an opportunity for Washington students to spend a week working in the Legislature.


Bill Proposes Guns Be Taken From 'Extreme Risk' People

gun 4Under a proposed bill, Washington state judges would be able to temporarily take away the guns of people considered an extreme risk by their family members or police. The bill, to be filed Wednesday, would allow a judge to prevent a person from having any firearms or a concealed-pistol license for a year after a pattern of violent acts or threats, drug abuse, brandishing weapons recklessly or domestic violence, according to a draft of the bill provided to The Associated Press.


Openly Carried Weapons Banned In Capitol Public Hearings

gunsA decision to ban openly carried weapons in the House and Senate public viewing areas at the Washington state Capitol also applies to the public hearing rooms at the nearby legislative office buildings. Officials from both chambers on Wednesday told The Associated Press that that the decision made earlier this month addressing the public galleries in the Capitol also applies to committee rooms in the House and Senate buildings where public hearings are held.