Applications for the 2018 Border Legislative Academy (BLA) are now being accepted. Focused on legislators in their first four years of service from U.S. and Mexico border states, the BLA will convene in San Diego, California July 12th to 15th. Click below for more information on the program and application process.
The Washington State Legislature has the unusual situation of having shifted majorities in between 2017 and 2018, the first and second year of the biennium. This marks the first time in five years that the same party has a majority in both legislative chambers. The current 60-day session appears poised to conclude on time. Last year, the legislature went into three special sessions after the regular 105-days scheduled on odd years, or the first year of the biennium. Apart from a carbon tax bill, other legislative bills being presented are similar to what legislatures in other western states are considering.
The Idaho legislative session began on January 8th and will wrap up late March. A number of key issues are being reviewed on topics including tax relief, health care, legal smoking age, science standards for education, prison budgets, and safe driving speeds. In the Senate, a proclamation was passed honoring former Senate Majority Leader Bart Davis' 19 years of service. The state will see a number of changes this year in both the executive and legislative branches, as well as its national representation.
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