What makes special session ‘special’?

Apr 27, 2015 by

What makes special session ‘special’?

 

 

Here in Washington state, Friday was Sine Die (aka adjournment day) for our legislature.

What does that mean for important healthy kids and community issues tied to the operating, capital and transportation budgets?

 

 

 

Here’s what we know:

  • Governor Inslee will call the legislature back to special session this Wednesday, April 29th (with budget negotiators beginning their talks today).

  • Over the next 30 days, negotiations on the transportation and capital budgets will be in full swing. If unsuccessful, another special session may be tacked on.

  • An operating budget must be passed by June 30th in order to avoid a government shutdown.

 

Key issues that the Childhood Obesity Prevention Coalition will be watching closely include (but are not limited to): Safe Routes to School/Bike and Pedestrian Grant Programs (transportation budget); Funding for water bottle filling stations and equipment for scratch cooking in schools (capital budget); and continued funding for the Healthiest Next Generation initiative and Breakfast After the Bell (operating budget).

 

What’s still in play from the initial list of bills we started with this session? Download our bill tracker.

 

In short, special session is ‘special’ because it presents several opportunities to make a difference for Washington’s kids.

 

Our lobbyist, Erin Dziedzic, members and partners continue to do amazing work in Olympia to ensure that the next generation is the healthiest that it can be. Be sure to check back here for updates on our continued efforts, and calls for YOUR help and action. Onward!

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