Washington State House Commerce and Gaming Committee
(COG)

Washington State Legislature – Sine Die Approaches (April 26, 2019)

Sunday April 28th is the last day of Washington’s regular legislative session, traditionally called Sine Die. The Legislative Information Center’s “Guide to Lawmaking” describes it this way: “Sine Die is a longstanding tradition in the legislature that either occurs when both chambers are completely finished with legislative business or at midnight on the last day … Continued

Washington State Legislature – Opposite House Cutoff (April 17, 2019)

Wednesday April 17th was the last day to pass bills through the opposite chamber (with exceptions). Eleven cannabis-related bills that passed the session’s house of origin cutoff remain in motion – including one bill Cannabis Observer considered inactive after the committee report cutoff. Here are some observations of the cannabis-related bills which have passed both … Continued

Washington State Legislature – Committee Report Cutoff (April 9, 2019)

Tuesday April 9th was the last day to read in committee reports on bills from the opposite chamber. Of the twelve cannabis-related bills that passed the session’s house of origin cutoff, eleven bills remain in motion. WSLCB Enforcement Restructuring (SB 5318). Engrossed Substitute SB 5318 (ESSB 5318) was passed by the full Senate on March … Continued

Washington State Legislature – Cannabis Bill Activity (April 1-2, 2019)

Here are some observations of two cannabis bills still moving in the Washington State Legislature and a curious public hearing about a curious bill which was not heard to consider moving the bill. My top 3 takeaways: On Monday April 1st, the House Public Safety Committee hosted an executive session on SB 5605, “Concerning misdemeanor … Continued

Washington State Legislature – Bills (February 25, 2019) – HB 1401 – “Concerning Hemp Production”

Here are some observations on the evolution of HB 1401, “Concerning hemp production,” a bill which would enable Washington farmers to participate in the federal hemp program authorized in the 2018 Farm Bill. My top 3 takeaways: On February 5th, the Washington State House Commerce and Gaming Committee hosted a public hearing for HB 1401. … Continued

Washington State House Commerce and Gaming Committee – Public Meeting (February 19, 2019)

Here are some observations from the Tuesday February 19th Washington State House Commerce and Gaming Committee public meeting. My top 3 takeaways: The committee hosted a public hearing for HB 1974, “Establishing the Washington cannabis commission.” Committee Staff Kyle Raymond briefed the committee (audio – 5m, video); from the Bill Analysis: Establishes the Washington Cannabis … Continued

Washington State House Commerce and Gaming Committee – Public Meeting (February 18, 2019)

Here are some observations from the Monday February 18th Washington State House Commerce and Gaming Committee (COG) public meeting. My top 3 takeaways: The committee hosted a public hearing for HB 1963, “Concerning financial arrangements regarding licensed marijuana businesses.” Staff Counsel Peter Clodfelter summarized the bill’s impacts (audio – 2m, video); from the Bill Analysis: … Continued

Washington State House Commerce and Gaming Committee – Public Hearing (February 7, 2019)

Here are some observations from the February 7th Washington State House Commerce and Gaming Committee (COG) public meeting. My top 3 takeaways: The committee hosted a public hearing for HB 1794, “Concerning agreements between licensed marijuana businesses and other people and businesses, including royalty and licensing agreements relating to the use of intellectual property.” Committee … Continued

Washington State House Commerce and Gaming Committee – Public Hearing (February 4, 2019)

Here are some observations from the February 4th Washington State House Commerce and Gaming Committee (COG) afternoon meeting. My top 3 takeaways: The Committee hosted a public hearing for HB 1238, “Authorizing marijuana retailers to sell certain products and merchandise.” HB 1238 is the companion bill to SB 5201; the first public hearing for that … Continued