WA-SSA 2018 Washington State Midterm General Election Update –
Blue Wave in Washington State
By: Mark Gjurasic & Chester Baldwin, WA-SSA Lobbyists
There were record voter turnouts for the General Election on Tuesday, November 6 which produced interesting election results. In Washington State, Democrats made gains in both the Senate and the House of Representatives.
We believe the makeup in January for the 2019 session will likely land on 55-43 in a Democratcontrolled House of Representatives and 26-23 in a Democrat controlled Senate. Those numbers could change by one or two at the most for either chamber. Prior to the election, the makeup of the House of Representatives was 50 Democrats to 48 Republicans and the Senate was 25 Democrats to 24 Republicans, with Sen. Tim Sheldon (D-35) joining the Majority Coalition Caucus (MCC) creating a Republican Majority.
Washington State is an entirely vote-by-mail system and the final results will not be available for some time until all the ballots are counted. The Washington Secretary of State, Kim Wyman, has until Thursday, December 6 to certify the general election results.
Notable Washington State Incumbent Losses:
Notable losses include Rep. Paul Graves (R-5), Rep. Dick Muri (R-28), Rep. Vincent Buys (R-42), Rep. Mark Harmsworth (R-44), Rep. David Taylor (R-15, in the Primary), Rep. Mark Hargrove (R- 47), Sen. Maralyn Chase (D-32), and Sen. Mark Miloscia (R-30).
The face of the Washington State Legislature will be significantly different in the 2019 session which begins on Monday, January 14 and ends on Sunday, April 28.
Initiative 1631 – Carbon Tax:
Initiative 1631 which would place a carbon tax on our energy was defeated by 56.27%. This ill- advised measure would have increased costs for all of our energy from gas to electricity - costing consumers and businesses billions of dollars.
Your lobbying team will keep you further updated when the Secretary of State certifies the 2018 election results on the final outcome of the 2018 Washington State General Election.
MONDAY, JANUARY 14 FIRST DAY OF 105 DAY SESSION
2019 Legislative Issues
Members of the Washington Self-Storage Association:
The 2019 legislative session is to begin on Monday, January 14 through Sunday, April 28 for105 days. We expect our members to be active in communication with lawmakers and attending hearings when our Legislative Chair, Don Arsenault, and WA-
SSA Lobbyists Terry Kohl, Mark Gjurasic and Chester Baldwin send out our “Legislative Alerts.”
We are working very closely with the Washington Real-Estate Coalition (WREC), Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA), International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), Washington Landlord Association (WLA), Washington Realtors Association and others to have a unified position on various issues.
Let’s review some of these that are certain to be introduced and have hearings in both the House of Representatives and the Senate.
The 2018 Washington State Legislative session ended March 8. There were no new taxes on real-estate properties and successful opposition to residential rent control in Washington State.
There are significant increases in revenues to the state budget, which by the year 2021 will be increased to $1.3 billion dollars. Be sure to come back as we roll into the 2019 Legislative Session for updates. In the meantime if you would like to see a report from the 2018 session,Lobbyist Report