Transportation Choices Coalition, one of our biggest allies in Olympia, will be hosting their Friday Forum today on the upcoming 2013 Legislative session. With fresh leadership and a new makeup in the Legislature, there are a lot of questions swirling around what we can expect for transit coming out of Olympia next year. As I correctly predicted last month, former Senator Mary Margaret Haugen’s defeat in the 10th indirectly led to the promotion of Senator Tracey Eide to Senate Transportation Chair.
However, political junkies who have closely followed the election aftermath will also know that the Senate Democratic majority might not be as safe as once thought. Tim Probst’s challenge of Republican Senator Don Benton’s seat failed by just 74 votes, which could turn the tables on the Democrats by giving the Republicans an effective 26-23 majority. How that affects the Legislature’s ability to push through transit-friendly legislation will be a topic of conversation at today’s forum, along with a number of other issues:
So what does this mean for the 2013 Legislative Session and our priorities. Will there be a transportation revenue package? Will the Legislature step up to save transit across the state from further cuts? What bills will TCC be working on next session?
Get the answers to all these questions and more. Join our Policy Director Carrie Dolwick for a sneak peak at our 2013 legislative agenda and what’s next for Olympia.
For those that are free around lunchtime, this preview of the crucial 2013 Legislative session will be immensely informative. The forum will be held in Room 121 of the King County Chinook Building from 12pm to 1:30pm.