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2014 Legislative Session – T-minus 6 days

As we head into the 2014 Legislative Session and I prepare to head to Olympia later this week, I am thinking about the various bills we are likely to see. The rumor on the street is there won’t be much, if any, supplemental budget, which means 2014 could be a huge policy year with deferred implementation until 2015. As expected, there are already good bills and bad ones.

Among the good bills, there’s HB 2133 to maintain the privacy of student educational records which has already has a hearing scheduled, the 4th Amendment Protection Act to address warrantless surveillance and data collection and a few new regulatory reform bills to help promote economic development. On the other hand, it looks like both”firearms” initiatives to the Legislature have the requisite number of signatures for consideration and there’s HB 2124 related Continuity of Government (COG). We’re also hearing there are possibly bills allowing for random sobriety checkpoints and DNA collection upon arrest.

I’ll be making (sometime multiple) daily posts including bill summaries, commentary and floor action again this year. The Freedom Agenda Team will also be posting podcasts throughout the session with commentary on the day’s issues and happenings. As always, feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns you have this Legislative Session.

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