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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

We are one week away from the halfway mark of the scheduled 105-day legislative session in Olympia and soon I’ll be voting on some issues very important to the 16th District.

I wanted to take a moment to provide this update and to encourage your input and involvement. Please contact my office with your questions, comments and suggestions. My legislative aide, Meagan Allen, will be happy to take your call. The phone number is (360) 786-7828. You can also call toll free and leave a message for me on the Legislative Hotline: 1-800-562-6000. Or you can e-mail me at terry.nealey@leg.wa.gov. Please do not hit “reply” to this e-mail newsletter as it will not reach my office.

Thank you for giving me the honor and privilege of serving you!Grandchildren


The committee process has continued since the beginning of session. However, the Legislature has several major deadlines, also known as “cutoffs.” We reached the first one on Friday, Feb. 22. That was the last day House policy committees could consider and vote on policy bills originating in the House.

The Senate has the same cutoffs for Senate bills. Any policy bills that had not been voted out of their respective committees by 5 p.m. on Friday are considered “dead” for the session. This helps to thin down the enormous amount of bills that have been introduced this session and provides a focus on those that have survived the committee process.

We also have a second cutoff rapidly approaching this Friday, March 1, for fiscal bills (legislation involving money). Those bills need to be voted out of their respective fiscal committees by Friday, or they may also be dead for the session. There are exceptions to this process. Bills necessary to implement the budget are exempt from the cutoffs.

Our focus now shifts from the committees to the House floor where we will be considering many of those bills that survived the cutoff.




This year, I authored and introduced five bills to the House of Representatives. It appears all but one have survived the policy cutoff. Here’s a description of each and their status:FloorBillReview



I was honored to be appointed as the House Republican member to the Washington State Economic and Revenue Forecast Council. The council was created by the Legislature in 1984 to oversee the preparation of, and approve, the official optimistic and pessimistic state economic and revenue forecasts. It consists of two members appointed by the governor and four members from the Legislature. The council produces 17 publications a year, which includes a monthly update on the economy and revenue collections, a quarterly forecast publication and an annual study of Washington’s economic climate. The reports are used as a baseline by the Legislature to determine revenue when crafting the state’s biennial operating budget.

You’ll likely be hearing a lot about the council around March 20 when it comes out with the quarterly revenue forecast. That will be the report the Legislature uses to write the 2013-15 state operating budget.

Read more about my appointment in this press release>>>



Terry Nealey

State Representative Terry Nealey, 16th Legislative District
404 John L. O'Brien Building | P.O. Box 40600 | Olympia, WA 98504-0600
(360) 786-7828 | Toll-free: (800) 562-6000