Jurisdiction: USA - Washington
The Board cancelled the March 18th Board Meeting, rescheduled the Quality Control public hearing, and learned about the surprising fate of the agency’s social equity legislation.
In the early afternoon on Tuesday March 10th, the House voted to accept the Senate’s changes to HB 2870 while honoring the bill’s primary sponsor, Majority Caucus Chair Eric Pettigrew, one of the House’s few African American members who planned to retire from the Legislature at the end of the 2020 session. Deputy Speaker Pro Tempore John Lovick, the first African American to serve in that role in Washington’s history, brought the bill up for concurrence.
On Monday March 9th during floor activity, HB 2870 was rewritten and amended once more before being returned from the Senate.
Five cannabis-related bills and the supplemental operating budget remain active as the Washington State Legislature’s short session draws to a close on Thursday.