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Olympia Reporter 3/12/18

A Capital Budget has been signed! Since no capital budget was passed last year, the state needed to pass a Capital Budget, which funds state building projects. For people with developmental disabilities (DD)…...

Olympia Reporter 1/22/18

A fast-paced 2018 session has started! This is a supplemental legislative session. That means that last year was the session in which legislators came up with and finalized a 2-year Operating Budget for…...

2018 Advocacy Days!

2018 Advocacy Day Schedule Working in Harmony! What to expect at Advocacy Day Advocacy Day begins at 10 a.m. on Wednesdays during the legislative session. We start with an hour and…...

Olympia Reporter 8/7/17

2017 session is finally wrapped up! After a 105-day regular session plus three 30-day special sessions, the state legislature has finally called an end to their work for 2017. It is becoming a…...

Guest Writer: Erica Francis

People with disabilities often turn to self-employment opportunities because they find it is easier to build accommodations into businesses they design themselves. As Kim Cordingly, self-employment lead consultant for the Job Accommodation Network (JAN)…...

Olympia Reporter 5/31/17

What is happening in the legislature? The last scheduled day of the 2017 Washington State Legislature was April 23rd, but the budget still was not finalized. Governor Inslee called for a 30 day…...

Olympia Reporter 4/26/17

Sine die should have happened… but didn’t. The term “sine die” (pronounced SIGH-nee dye) is a Latin phrase which means “without day”. This term in our legislature refers to the fact that they…...

Costco needs to Mind the Store

Does anyone out there watch Modern Family? There’s an episode when the characters Cam & Mitch go to Costco. Cam is all about Costco, while Mitch thinks it’s a ridiculous proposition – who could…...

Disability Advocacy Engagement

Are You Engaged in Advocacy? Sign Up with The Arc of Washington State! The future for people with I/DD will be built on the foundation of how their services and supports are…...

Washington State DDC

The Washington State Developmental Disabilities Council is recruiting candidates from Central Washington to serve on the Governor-appointed Council. Particularly Yakima, Kittitas, Chelan, Douglas, Okanogan and Grant Counties. Who Can Apply: People with…...

2016 Legislative Session Ends!

The 2016 1st Special Session adjourned sine die (from the Latin "without day", meaning "without assigning a day for a further meeting or hearing") on March 29, 2016. It has been an unusual legislative…...

California set to close all institutions for the disabled

By Susannah Frame, KING 5 News In less than six years the state of California will join the ranks of other states in the nation that have closed all of their institutions for…...

The End of the 2016 Legislative Session?

What is happening? The Supplemental budget year is supposed to be a short legislative session (it is supposed to finish in 60 days). March 10th should have been “Sine…...

We are halfway through the 2016 Legislative Session

For a short legislative session (this year it is supposed to finish in 60 days), we have been monitoring more than 40 bills. 22 of those bills are still alive and making their way…...

Three Special Sessions, but finally a budget!

After a long regular session, two 30-day special sessions plus part of a third special session, legislators were finally able to complete the one task required of them: to pass a two-year operating budget…...

KING 5 Investigates: Washington’s Long Wait List

Some disabled wait up to 14 years for state help The problem was first documented in 1950. That year the state of Washington created a wait list for people with developmental disabilities who…...

Special Session ending, still no budget!

The one task that the legislature is obligated to complete is to pass a two-year budget so that the state can continue operating. In a biennial year such as this, legislators are given 105…...

KING 5 Investigates: Abuse of DDA Clients

Burned, beaten and locked away: State fails disabled woman Susannah Frame, KING 5 News Laura Gholston loves to color, sing Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, watch Mickey Mouse cartoons and count to ten…...

Job Opening: The Arc of King County

The Executive Director is the key management leader of The Arc of King County. The Arc of King County is a leader in advocating for and serving the needs of individuals with intellectual and…...

Halfway through!

Which bills are still moving?   The cut-off for bills to get voted off the House or Senate floor was March 11th at 5 pm. Any bills not passed by then died…...

2015 Bills of Interest – How do they develop?

Bills have many steps to go through in the legislative process. It starts with an idea to address a problem, often from someone just like you who talks to their legislator about something happening…...

2014 Elections - Candidate Questionnaires

2014 is an election Year! Candidates want your vote. In order to help you, the voter, make informed decisions about who should represent you, we have created two questionnaires, one on congressional issues…...

The 2014 Legislative Wrap-up

Session ended on time! The 2014 supplemental legislative session ended on March 13, 2014, right on time. This is unusual because the last few years have seen us go from one…...

The Short Supplemental Session was Packed!

Final cut-off for bills The last major bill cut-off was Friday, March 7th. We now have a pretty clear idea of which bills will be passed on to the Governor for his signature.…...

CMS Finds Violations

The federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) just issued a letter which details findings of over 40,000 legal violations with respect to 27 people with developmental disabilities at Lakeland Village over the…...

Sine die is coming soon… or is it

The term “sine die” (pronounced SIGH-nee dye) is a Latin phrase which means “without day”. This term in our legislature refers to the fact that they are adjourning without a specific day on which…...

How is the Budget Created?

With a new Governor, we have seen many administration changes. Kevin Quigley, a former State Senator from Snohomish County, is the new Secretary for the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS). His background…...

2012 Session Recap

A look at the budget process that brought us here. The legislative budget cycle is two years long. There are two kinds of legislative sessions - regular sessions and special sessions (also called…...

Sine Die and what it means…or doesn’t.

March 13, 2012 Sine Die and what it means… or doesn’t. According to Wikipedia “a legislative body adjourns sine die when it adjourns without appointing a day on which to…...

The budget is scheduled to appear tomorrow!

February 20, 2012 The budget is scheduled to appear tomorrow! After a long wait and less than three weeks left in the 2012 supplemental session, the House is scheduled to release…...

Still no budget in sight…

February 10, 2012 Little is known about what the Senate and House budget proposals will contain in cuts to services for people with developmental disabilities, or anyone else. We are still hearing that…...

Where are the Supplemental Budget Proposals?

January 31, 2012 Where are the Supplemental Budget Proposals? Although the Governor released her proposed supplemental budget back in November of 2011, after legislators had a 30 day special session…...

The 2011 Supplemental Budget: Back to the Drawing Board

The 2011 Supplemental Budget: Back to the drawing board! After a very long 2011 legislative session, which finally came to a close at the end of April, we breathed a sigh of relief…...

House and Senate amended budget proposals good to people with developmental disabilities

Both Senate and House budget proposals were released last Tuesday. Public hearings were held with lots of input provided to legislators. For individuals with developmental disabilities, the House cut very little in community services for…...

House and Senate budget proposals will be released this week

The House budget proposal will be released Tuesday morning with the public hearing for it at 6 pm that same day. The Senate budget proposal may also be released on Tuesday, but a hearing for…...

Many bills are dead, but still some with a chance

Last Friday was the deadline for bills to make it out of fiscal committees in their House of Origin. Many bills now sit in the Rules committee, waiting to get pulled to the chamber floor…...

The end of the road, maybe

Last week bills had to get a hearing and be exec’d (passed out of the policy committees), those that did not make it to a fiscal committee or the Rules committee to be heard on…...

Work, work, work… while you can

Last week is when a lot of committee work was being done. Bills are still being introduced, but at a much slower pace. Bills have to get a hearing and be exec’d (passed out of…...

It’s a flash flood of legislation

Things are moving fast in this very short session. Many bills have been introduced, already had a hearing, and been passed out of their committee, waiting for a floor vote to move to the other…...

The 60-day session has begun; Don’t blink or you’ll miss something

In this first week of session there was no time to acclimate. Hearings were scheduled every day, work sessions were held to help legislators learn about issues, public hearings were held on the Governor’s proposed…...

We are almost through the first part of the bill process

Monday, March 2nd, was the cut-off for bills to get out of their fiscal committee. Many of the bills we have been working on have died at this point. Unless a bill that has not…...

Try to keep up now

Bills are being heard and legislators are beginning to really hear how some of these ideas would affect the citizens they represent. Legislators heard from families about the need for autism coverage under health insurance…...

Let the hearings begin

While some committees held public hearings on the effect of the Governor’s budget on its citizens, others held work sessions to get a better idea of what agencies needed and the effect of proposed budget…...

We are off and running

The 2009 legislative session is already in full swing. In this first week of session public testimony has been held on the Governor’s budget, committees have held work sessions to get information on the issues…...

A Look Back at the 2008 Legislative Session, A Look Ahead at 2009

There were some good bills that passed last session, and some that will be back. SB 6760, a bill designed to add excess property from all Residential Habilitation Centers (RHCs) to the DD Community Trust…...

We are closing in on the final days

Friday was the last day that bills could be passed out of their policy committees unless they impact the budget. Today is the last day that those bills who have made it this far can…...

Sine die, my friend, sine die

The term “sine die” (pronounced SIGH-nee dye) is a Latin phrase which means “without day”. This term in our legislature refers to the fact that they are adjourning without a specific day on which they…...

It’s down to the wire now

Friday at 5:00 pm was the last day that bills could be voted on and passed from the opposite house from where they started. Last week was long and arduous for legislators and advocates. There…...

We made it through one side, now on to the other

We passed the first big hurdle for the bill process last week in which bills had to make it out of their house of origin. Bills have been debated and public testimony given in committee…...

Are they Dead or Alive?

Advocates have anxiously been waiting to see whether the bills we have worked to get this far will get voted out of their House of Origin. So far we have seen a couple of education…...

It now comes down to the money

Last week we reached the cutoff for the bills we’re watching to be passed out of the policy committee they originated in. Now, in order to stay alive, they have a very short time frame…...

Time for a hearing anyone?

The second week of session started us off slowly in a hearing schedule that now is a flurry of bills being heard this week. Last Thursday the House Human Services committee held a hearing on…...

Get ready…Get set…go!

Last Monday was the first day of the 2008 legislative session. Legislators have 60 days to try to remedy budget shortfalls and work on bills that need to be made law. This first week of…...