OLYMPIA -- Thursday is Day 60, the last day of the regular session, and legislators have not yet announced a deal on the supplemental operating budget. That means the prospect of the sixth overtime session in the last seven years is a very real possibility.
It also means lawmakers will have to see whether Gov. Jay Inslee will follow through on his promise -- some might say his threat -- on the the fate of pending legislation if they don't pass a budget by midnight.
"Your bills are going to get vetoed if you don't do your job and get a budget by Thursday."
Under Washington law, bills passed before last weekend have a five-day stay on the governor's desk. They don't die at the end of that time if he doesn't sign them; instead, they become law without his signature unless he vetoes them.
Letting them become law without his signature is not much of a hammer. Oh, sure, there are some bills for which lawmakers would love to invite supporters of a particular piece of legislation to the Capitol for the official sign and smile for the camera ceremony in the governor's office. But giving that up is hardly like going to the nuclear option.
For those keeping track at home, here are the 37 bills whose due date is March 10:
|5145 - Health tech clinical comm.||Bruce Dammeier|
|5265 - Public funds/recip. deposits||Don Benton|
|5342 - Human trafficking||Bob Hasegawa|
|5458 - Health district banking||Jan Angel|
|5549 - Pharmacy assistants||Pramila Jayapal|
|5767 - Local govt treasuries||Annette Cleveland|
|5864 - Annexed areas/sales & use tx||Sharon Nelson|
|6148 - Storage/personal property||Judy Warnick|
|6162 - Invasive species council||Jim Honeyford|
|6170 - Retirement info. disclosure||Pam Roach|
|6177 - Marijuana research licenses||Ann Rivers|
|6196 - Energy site eval. council||John McCoy|
|6202 - National guard empl. rights||Steve Hobbs|
|6206 - Industrial hemp growing||Bob Hasegawa|
|6219 - Vehicular homicide sentences||Sharon Brown|
|6220 - Federal economic dev. funds||Sharon Brown|
|6281 - Uniform athlete agents act||Joe Fain|
|6282 - Mortgage lending fraud/acct.||Don Benton|
|6284 - Fire sprinkler systems||Dean Takko|
|6286 - Offender assault victims||Kirk Pearson|
|6290 - Apple commission||Jim Honeyford|
|6295 - Coroner's inquests/venue||Bob Hasegawa|
|6326 - Automobile facility records||Curtis King|
|6341 - Cannabis producer services||Ann Rivers|
|6342 - Private activity bond alloc.||Mark Miloscia|
|6354 - Reverse transfer agreements||Marko Liias|
|6376 - Human trafficking awareness||Karen Fraser|
|6398 - Cultural foods||Bob Hasegawa|
|6401 - Secondary fish receivers||Christine Rolfes|
|6421 - Epinephrine autoinjectors||Kevin Ranker|
|6463 - Crime of luring||Kirk Pearson|
|6466 - Higher ed. disabled students||Cyrus Habib|
|6491 - Apostille services||Jamie Pedersen|
|6498 - Recovery sponsor privilege||Joe Fain|
|6569 - Patient out-of-pocket costs||Annette Cleveland|
|6606 - Wholesale vehicle dealers||Curtis King|
|6633 - Marine resources adv council||Kevin Ranker|
Stay tuned. We could be here late.