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Date State Bill No. Title Outcome
March 28, 2021 WA HB 1277 Establishes a State-Funded Rental Assistance Program Bill Passed - House (57 - 40)
Jan. 27, 2021 WA SB 5061 Reduces State Unemployment Tax Increases Bill Passed - Senate (42 - 7)
March 11, 2020 WA SB 6478 Reduces Sanctions Related to Noncompliance with TANF Work Requirements for Abuse Survivors Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (30 - 18)
March 11, 2020 WA HB 2441 Increases Access to the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Program Concurrence Vote Passed - House (56 - 41)
March 11, 2020 WA SB 6478 Reduces Sanctions Related to Noncompliance with TANF Work Requirements for Abuse Survivors Bill Passed - House (56 - 41)
March 5, 2020 WA HB 2441 Increases Access to the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Program Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 17)
March 3, 2015 WA HB 1355 Increases Minimum Wage Bill Passed - House (51 - 46)
Feb. 18, 2014 WA SB 6523 Authorizes In-State Tuition for Non-Citizen Individuals Bill Passed - House (75 - 22)
Jan. 31, 2014 WA SB 6523 Authorizes In-State Tuition for Non-Citizen Individuals Bill Passed - Senate (35 - 10)
March 22, 2010 WA HB 2782 Limiting Disability Benefits Concurrence Vote Passed - House (57 - 40)
March 22, 2010 WA HB 2782 Limiting Disability Benefits Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 16)
Feb. 10, 2010 WA HB 1956 Limiting Local Regulations of Homeless Shelters Bill Passed - House (57 - 39)
April 22, 2009 WA HB 1709 Payday Lending Regulations Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 23)
March 9, 2009 WA HB 1709 Payday Lending Regulations Bill Passed - House (84 - 10)
March 3, 2009 WA HB 1956 Limiting Local Regulations of Homeless Shelters Bill Passed - House (56 - 41)
March 11, 2008 WA SB 6809 Working Family Tax Exemption Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (29 - 17)
March 6, 2008 WA SB 6809 Working Family Tax Exemption Bill Passed - House (57 - 37)
Feb. 19, 2008 WA SB 6809 Working Family Tax Exemption Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 16)
Nov. 29, 2007 WA Sub SB 6178 Property Tax Deferral Bill Passed - House (55 - 39)
Nov. 29, 2007 WA Sub SB 6178 Property Tax Deferral Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 21)
Date No. Title Outcome
3/28 HB 1277 Establishes a State-Funded Rental Assistance Program Bill Passed - House (57 - 40)
1/27 SB 5061 Reduces State Unemployment Tax Increases Bill Passed - Senate (42 - 7)
3/11 SB 6478 Reduces Sanctions Related to Noncompliance with TANF Work Requirements for Abuse Survivors Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (30 - 18)
3/11 HB 2441 Increases Access to the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Program Concurrence Vote Passed - House (56 - 41)
3/11 SB 6478 Reduces Sanctions Related to Noncompliance with TANF Work Requirements for Abuse Survivors Bill Passed - House (56 - 41)
3/05 HB 2441 Increases Access to the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Program Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 17)
3/03 HB 1355 Increases Minimum Wage Bill Passed - House (51 - 46)
2/18 SB 6523 Authorizes In-State Tuition for Non-Citizen Individuals Bill Passed - House (75 - 22)
1/31 SB 6523 Authorizes In-State Tuition for Non-Citizen Individuals Bill Passed - Senate (35 - 10)
3/22 HB 2782 Limiting Disability Benefits Concurrence Vote Passed - House (57 - 40)
3/22 HB 2782 Limiting Disability Benefits Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 16)
2/10 HB 1956 Limiting Local Regulations of Homeless Shelters Bill Passed - House (57 - 39)
4/22 HB 1709 Payday Lending Regulations Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 23)
3/09 HB 1709 Payday Lending Regulations Bill Passed - House (84 - 10)
3/03 HB 1956 Limiting Local Regulations of Homeless Shelters Bill Passed - House (56 - 41)
3/11 SB 6809 Working Family Tax Exemption Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (29 - 17)
3/06 SB 6809 Working Family Tax Exemption Bill Passed - House (57 - 37)
2/19 SB 6809 Working Family Tax Exemption Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 16)
11/29 Sub SB 6178 Property Tax Deferral Bill Passed - House (55 - 39)
11/29 Sub SB 6178 Property Tax Deferral Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 21)

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