After ending her moratorium of bill signings on Thursday, Gov. Chris Gregoire is set to sign all of the bills that remain on her desk today.
In remarks to the media this morning, Gregoire said there’s continued progress on a comprehensive budget package. Budget writers will continue working through the weekend, she said. But movement needs to happen early next week.
“If we don’t close this off on Tuesday, I don’t see how we get done,” said Gregoire, adding that she wants them done by Good Friday. Special session ends April 10th.
Among the bills she’s signing today:
- SB 5978, cracking down on Medicaid fraud. The bill allows whistleblowers to collect a portion of legal settlements, called a “qi tam provision” — a provision that already exists at the federal level, but not state.
- HB 2373, making changes to the Discover Pass program. The pass is required to visit state parks, and each annual $30 pass will now be transferable to two vehicles. It also creates a new $50 Family Discover Pass that will be transferable to any vehicle.
The complete list of bills she’s signing today is here.
On Thursday, Gregoire signed more than 100 bills after announcing that there has been significant progress on budget negotiations. She’s been refusing to sign bills into law for the past few weeks as a way to pressure lawmakers to get work done on the budget.