State senators and representatives from across the state convened in Olympia on January 11 for a 60-day legislative session. Lawmakers met in committees to consider legislation and hear public comments on issues such as civil rights, education, health & human services, and economic development. The Legislature adjourned on March 29, concluding a 20-day special session, after agreeing on a supplemental budget.
2016 Supplemental Budget
The Legislature approved a $191 million net increase to the $38 billion 2015-2017 operating budget (view the 2015 session recap). The new investments address urgent needs and costs related to mental health, homeless services, teacher recruitment and retention and last summer’s wildfires. The supplemental budget has been delivered to the governor’s desk. The following changes in the budget are subject to the Governor’s signature.
Below is a list of bills identified by CAPAA that may be of interest to the Asian Pacific Islander communities. For more information, visit www.leg.wa.gov.
Asian Pacific American Legislative Day
Each year, members of the Asian Pacific Islander Coalition (APIC) of King, Pierce, Snohomish, Yakima, and Spokane counties and South Puget Sound convene in Olympia to voice concerns to state leaders during APA Legislative Day. Below is a summary of legislative or agency action related to the agenda APIC leaders presented to the governor and lawmakers on January 26.