Dear Friends and Neighbors,
Greetings from Olympia! For the past several days, we've been working hard debating and voting on bills on the House floor. That's because another legislative deadline is quickly approaching: house of origin cutoff. All bills must be passed out from the chamber they originated in by Wednesday, March 13th, or they will be considered “dead.” The only exceptions are bills necessary to implement the budget.
The House has passed more than 290 bills—with more yet to come. If you would like to take a look at the bills that have been approved by the House or Senate, I've included instructions below. Feel free to contact my office to comment or ask questions about any of these proposals. I'm always happy to help!
Good business legislation!
House Bill 1059 is a common-sense measure that would extend the business and occupation (B&O) tax filing deadline for annual filers to April 15th. This simple change would help more than 126,000 small business owners in our state. Annual filers tend to be small taxpayers, independent contractors and small business owners who do not have significant income but are required to file an annual B&O return.
Currently the annual filing due date is January 31; however, due to federal timelines, many taxpayers do not receive their 1099s until February or March. That forces them to file for a state extension while they wait for the forms. By changing the date, taxpayers can comply with state law and without being forced to file an extension. The bill was approved unanimously by the House, 98-0.
House Bill 1557 would modify the liquor licensing process. This bill allows someone to apply for a liquor license for a physical location, go through the licensing process to ensure the person is qualified, and then when the lease or purchase agreement is executed, the conditionally granted license becomes fully effective. This bill helps mitigate some upfront, cash-flow concerns associated with opening a business that requires a liquor license. The House unanimously approved the bill, 98-0.
Want to see a list of all the bills approved by the House or Senate?
- Go to leg.wa.gov
- On the left-hand side, select “Bill information”
- Under Advanced Reports, select “Detailed Legislative Reports”
- Under Status, click on “Selected Step Reports”
- Select “House Bills” or “Senate Bills,” then click on “Passed House” or “Passed Senate.”
Town Hall reminder!
I'm hosting town hall events with Sen. Keith Wagoner and Rep. Robert J. Sutherland on Saturday, March 16th. Please consider attending and sharing your opinions, comments and concerns about legislation being debated at the state Capitol. We will be providing a 2019 session update and would appreciate your feedback on our work for you in Olympia.
Date: Saturday, March 16, 2019
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Where: Darrington Library
Address: 1005 Cascade St., Darrington, WA 98241
Date: Saturday, March 16, 2019
Time: 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Where: Concrete High School Commons
Address: 7830 S. Superior Ave., Concrete, WA 98237
As your state representative, I value your input. I'd like to thank everyone who has called or emailed my office in the past few weeks. Hearing from you helps me do a better job standing up for our communities in Olympia. As always, if I can be of any assistance on government-related matters give me a call, send email, or set up a time to meet with me in-person.
It is an honor to represent you in Olympia!