Session a mix of success, disappointment

 

Last updated 3/19/2024 at 9:18am

Ninth Legislative District lawmakers Rep. Mary Dye, R-Pomeroy, left; Sen. Mark Schoesler, R-Ritzville, center; and Rep. Joe Schmick, R-Colfax, take a break as the session ends.

The 2024 legislative session is now in the history books. After 60 days, in which 201 House bills and 180 Senate bills passed the Legislature, we can report a mix of great successes and disappointments.

We fought hard for public hearings on all six citizens' initiatives to the Legislature. Closer to the end of the session, Democratic leaders in both the House and Senate reluctantly agreed to hear three of the measures but sent the other three initiatives to the November ballot.

Public hearings were held on Initiative 2113, restoring vehicular pursuits; Initiative 2111, prohibiting state and lo...



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