With an uncharacteristic bending of the rules, the House ignored all the steps of the legislative process and approved ESB 5023, the levy cliff bill on a 87-10 vote. What’s unusual is that the Senate approved the bill last night and 15 hours later the House approved it. Normally, it takes at least a day to assign the bill to a committee, have a public hearing, vote in committee, etc., which usually takes a couple of weeks. It shows how important it was to get the issue resolved as quickly as possible. I expect Governor Inslee to sign the bill within the next couple of days.
I wish they would treat PSE’s paraeducator bill or insurance bill the same way (just dreaming).