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Date State Bill No. Title Outcome
March 12, 2020 WA SB 6168 Establishes the 2020 Supplemental Operating Budget Conference Report Adopted - Senate (28 - 21)
March 12, 2020 WA SB 6168 Establishes the 2020 Supplemental Operating Budget Conference Report Adopted - House (56 - 41)
March 12, 2020 WA HB 2965 Appropriates Funds for COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Bill Passed - Senate (48 - 0)
March 9, 2020 WA SB 6088 Establishes a Prescription Drug Affordability Board Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (31 - 17)
April 23, 2019 WA HB 1087 Establishes a Long-Term Care Program Concurrence Vote Passed - House (55 - 41)
April 16, 2019 WA HB 1087 Establishes a Long-Term Care Program Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 22)
June 30, 2017 WA SB 5883 Establishes Washington State's Budget for the Fiscal Biennium 2017-2019 Bill Passed - House (70 - 23)
June 30, 2017 WA SB 5883 Establishes Washington State's Budget for the Fiscal Biennium 2017-2019 Bill Passed - Senate (39 - 10)
March 23, 2017 WA SB 5048 Establishes 2017-2019 Fiscal Biennium Operating Appropriations Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 24)
Feb. 26, 2016 WA SB 6246 2016-2017 Supplemental Budget Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 22)
Feb. 25, 2016 WA HB 2376 2016-2017 Supplemental Budget Bill Passed - House (50 - 47)
Feb. 18, 2016 WA SB 6195 Amends Education Funding System Bill Passed - House (66 - 31)
Feb. 16, 2016 WA SB 6195 Amends Education Funding System Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 23)
Jan. 25, 2016 WA HB 2366 Amends Education Funding System Bill Passed - House (64 - 34)
March 25, 2013 WA SB 5802 Authorizes a Carbon Emissions Reduction Study Bill Passed - House (61 - 32)
March 13, 2013 WA SB 5802 Authorizes a Carbon Emissions Reduction Study Bill Passed - Senate (37 - 12)
April 11, 2012 WA HB 2127 Authorizes Supplemental Appropriations Bill Passed - House (64 - 34)
April 11, 2012 WA SB 5940 Amends Public School Employees Retirement Benefits Bill Passed - House (53 - 45)
April 11, 2012 WA SB 5940 Amends Public School Employees Retirement Benefits Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 20)
April 10, 2012 WA SB 6378 Amends State Employee Pension System (56 - 42)
April 10, 2012 WA SB 6378 Amends State Employee Pension System Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 22)
April 7, 2012 WA SB 6636 Requires a Balanced Budget Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 16)
Jan. 24, 2011 WA HB 1086 2011-2012 Supplemental Budget Bill Passed - House (55 - 43)
Jan. 24, 2011 WA HB 1086 2011-2012 Supplemental Budget Bill Passed - House (55 - 43)
Date No. Title Outcome
3/12 SB 6168 Establishes the 2020 Supplemental Operating Budget Conference Report Adopted - Senate (28 - 21)
3/12 SB 6168 Establishes the 2020 Supplemental Operating Budget Conference Report Adopted - House (56 - 41)
3/12 HB 2965 Appropriates Funds for COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Bill Passed - Senate (48 - 0)
3/09 SB 6088 Establishes a Prescription Drug Affordability Board Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (31 - 17)
4/23 HB 1087 Establishes a Long-Term Care Program Concurrence Vote Passed - House (55 - 41)
4/16 HB 1087 Establishes a Long-Term Care Program Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 22)
6/30 SB 5883 Establishes Washington State's Budget for the Fiscal Biennium 2017-2019 Bill Passed - House (70 - 23)
6/30 SB 5883 Establishes Washington State's Budget for the Fiscal Biennium 2017-2019 Bill Passed - Senate (39 - 10)
3/23 SB 5048 Establishes 2017-2019 Fiscal Biennium Operating Appropriations Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 24)
2/26 SB 6246 2016-2017 Supplemental Budget Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 22)
2/25 HB 2376 2016-2017 Supplemental Budget Bill Passed - House (50 - 47)
2/18 SB 6195 Amends Education Funding System Bill Passed - House (66 - 31)
2/16 SB 6195 Amends Education Funding System Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 23)
1/25 HB 2366 Amends Education Funding System Bill Passed - House (64 - 34)
3/25 SB 5802 Authorizes a Carbon Emissions Reduction Study Bill Passed - House (61 - 32)
3/13 SB 5802 Authorizes a Carbon Emissions Reduction Study Bill Passed - Senate (37 - 12)
4/11 HB 2127 Authorizes Supplemental Appropriations Bill Passed - House (64 - 34)
4/11 SB 5940 Amends Public School Employees Retirement Benefits Bill Passed - House (53 - 45)
4/11 SB 5940 Amends Public School Employees Retirement Benefits Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 20)
4/10 SB 6378 Amends State Employee Pension System (56 - 42)
4/10 SB 6378 Amends State Employee Pension System Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 22)
4/07 SB 6636 Requires a Balanced Budget Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 16)
1/24 HB 1086 2011-2012 Supplemental Budget Bill Passed - House (55 - 43)
1/24 HB 1086 2011-2012 Supplemental Budget Bill Passed - House (55 - 43)

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