Washington’s 2024 Legislative Session Comes to an End

Washington state lawmakers adjourned the 2024 session on Thursday evening after finishing up passing bipartisan updates to the state operating and transportation budgets among other issues that needed to be resolved before they left town. It was a relatively firework-free ending to the 60-day short session — which is not a bad thing — especially in a short session when lawmakers are generally expected to make minor tweaks and address emerging issues in the budgets rather than make massive changes.

The updated state operating budget does not raise any new taxes and makes targeted investments in special education, homelessness prevention, drug treatment, and public safety. The supplemental operating budget augments the overall two-year plan adopted last year that runs from July 2023 through June 2025.

The transportation budget works to address issues with capacity and building new state ferries, help curtail dangerous driving through technology, and fund major infrastructure projects. It also funds work by the Department of Licensing to advance the credit union priority of the state adopting a digital lien and titling program.

In the coming weeks we will take a deeper dive into some of the major issues that advanced, failed, and otherwise were in play during the 2024 legislative session, as well as the outcomes of interest specifically for credit unions. If you are interested in learning more about a particular issue or topic let us know by sending an email ([email protected]) so we can ensure credit union advocates have relevant information.

Posted in Advocacy on the Move, Washington.