Bill ties special session days to post-session fundraising


OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - One Washington senator believes that a financial incentive might help future lawmakers get their work done on time.

Republican Sen. Joe Fain introduced a bill Tuesday that would prevent lawmakers from raising campaign funds for the same number of days that it takes them to adopt an operating, capital or transportation budget during any special session.

Current law only prohibits lawmakers from raising money for their campaigns for the 30 days previous to a legislative session, as well as for the entirety of the time they are in session. However, once the Legislature adjourns, lawmakers can immediately start raising money.

Under Senate Bill 6137, starting on Jan. 1, 2017, lawmakers would also face a post-session fundraising freeze for each year of the biennium based on how long they were in special session during the first year of the biennium.