House of origin cutoff

2019 legislative session • March 15, 2019 

The Current -- 2017 legislative session

Dear Friend:  

An important deadline, house of origin cutoff, was on Wednesday. This concluded nine days of floor action and debates. The House returned primarily to committee work on Thursday and will continue this work through next week. 

In my video update today, I talk about recent floor debates, what to expect next week and why the Legislature does not need to raise taxes. You can watch it here.  

Revenue forecast

The Legislature's attention will turn to the revenue forecast on Wednesday. This report will reveal the strength of our state tax collections and help guide budget writers as they draft the operating budget.

Our state tax collections have been strong since the last budget was written. Very strong. In fact, our state will have $4.2 billion more in revenue for the next budget cycle. That number could increase soon. 

Be on the lookout for commentary from Rep. Ed Orcutt, chair of the Economic and Revenue Forecast Council, and Rep. Drew Stokesbary, our ranking member on the House Appropriations Committee, next week. No one in the Legislature is more dedicated than these two lawmakers to the priorities of accountable government and responsible state spending.

Upcoming House Republican town halls     

While many House Republicans choose to host telephone town halls because they are the most effective way to reach the most constituents, 19 of our members will have traditional town halls in the upcoming days. You can find a list of events at this link.  


Rep. J.T. Wilcox
House Republican Leader
(360) 786-7912

Bad House bills that passed before cutoff

Anti-Janus bill

House Bill 1575 is another response to the U.S. Supreme Court Janus decision. The measure would make it more difficult for public employees to exercise their right to not join a union and to get out of a union. For example: it would allow employees to opt-in to a union via recorded voice, electronic or written authorization, but they could only opt-out via written authorization. We feel this approach is fundamentally unfair to public employees and goes against the spirit of the Janus decision. Watch highlights of the floor debate.

Public option health care bill

House Bill 1523 would require the Washington Health Benefit Exchange to develop standardized health plans. It would expressly limit choice over time in favor of one-size-fits-all plans meeting specific government requirements. We believe this approach would increase health care costs, reduce options and eliminate providers. Watch highlights of the floor debate.

Low carbon fuel standard

House Bill 1110 would direct the Department of Ecology to adopt, by rule, standards to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions per unit of fuel energy in transportation fuels over time. This would follow California's model, which has raised gas and diesel prices there and will continue to in the future. We think this new program would be regressive, would raise the cost of gas and goods, and not do anything meaningful for the environment. Watch highlights of the floor debate.

More House Republican bills pass

A total of 89 bills prime sponsored by House Republicans passed off the floor prior to house of origin cutoff. Below are some highlights from this week.

House passes Rep. Gildon bill to reduce cost of license plates for veterans 

House passes bill to eliminate livestock inspection program 

House approves Kraft bill to identify and shut down illicit massage parlors 

House passes Kretz bill to create wildfire prevention corridors 

House approves Mosbrucker pro-business bill to create single license for motorcycle-snow bike 

House passes Kretz bill requiring statewide wolf review and more resources for conflict management 

House approves bill sponsored by Chambers to ensure child abuse is reported to authorities 

Jenkin bill supporting safer emergency and work zones approved by House 

Dent’s pesticide application work group legislation passes House 

House approves Dent bill to require traumatic brain injury screenings of new foster care children 

Van Werven legislation to extend B&O tax return filing dates passes House unanimously 

House approves two more education reform bills sponsored by MacEwen 

Stokesbary bill to fix Washington’s unconstitutional cyber harassment law passes House 

Editorial boards sound the alarm on Democratic proposals, Inslee's record

Tri-City Herald: Washington alone can’t fix climate changes. National approach is needed | March 8, 2019

Walla Walla Union-Bulletin: State DOC must do better tracking inmates’ sentences | March 5, 2019

Yakima Herald-Republic: Will Inslee’s presidential bid unduly influence state legislation? | March 5, 2019

Yakima Herald-Republic: Time to stall climate bills that would raise gas prices | March 1, 2019

The Seattle Times: Washington’s struggles to track prison sentences are unacceptable | February 27, 2019

Walla Walla Union-Bulletin: Scuttle the effort to raise state gas tax | February 25, 2019

Tri-City Herald: Inslee’s proposed Snake River dam task force will be a waste of money | February 24, 2019

The Seattle Times: Stop the local tax grab and increase state dollars for education | February 22, 2019

The Spokesman-Review: A statewide plastic bag ban doesn’t make sense | February 10, 2019

Yakima Herald-Republic: Don’t lift the levy cap on school funding | January 25, 2019

The Columbian: Keep a lid on it | January 10, 2019

Yakima Herald-Republic: Gov. Inslee’s capital gains tax won’t fly in this state | December 22, 2018

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