The Washington State Senate Ways and Means Committee (WA Senate WM) considers the operating and capital budget bills and related legislation, including the authorization of state debt. The committee also deals with tax policy and other fiscal issues such as pension policy and compensation in addition to bills with operating budget fiscal impacts.
An executive session was scheduled but no action was taken on HB 1430 – “Concerning the licensing and enforcement system modernization project (SMP) account.”
- HB 1430 was passed by the full House on March 7th without amendments and the Senate Ways and Means Committee hosted a public hearing for the bill on March 19th. HB 1430 was scheduled for executive session on Monday March 25th but no action was taken.
- HB 1430 is WSLCB agency request legislation seeking to retain access to the remaining $1.2M allocated for the Systems Modernization Project (SMP). The SMP is intended to update antiquated computing infrastructure the WSLCB Licensing and Enforcement divisions depend on. The recently released House budget allocated an additional $8.7M for the SMP project which was initiated in February 2016. WSLCB Deputy Director Megan Duffy recently noted implementation of the SMP project had been further postponed because of on-going failures to deliver the contracted features of the traceability system.