Rep. Jim Walsh prefiles legislation that seeks to end the use of title-only bills


Ghost bills would no longer haunt the state Capitol under legislation proposed by an Aberdeen lawmaker. Kelley Payne reports from Olympia.

 Radio Report Transcript

PAYNE: Republican State Representative Jim Walsh has prefiled a legislation for the 2020 session that would put an end to title-only bills, often referred to as ghost bills. Introduced to the Legislature with only a title or intent statement, but no content, title-only bills are amended later with text and often rushed through the legislative process — giving legislators and the public no time for review or comment.

Walsh says his bill would put to end the use of title-only bills which bypass the public's right to scrutinize legislation.

WALSH: “It's essential that good government is transparent and open to public review. The voters of the state of Washington have to have the opportunity and the access to review legislation before their representatives vote on it.”

PAYNE:
The 19th District representative's bill would require legislation to be introduced at least 72 hours prior to a public hearing or action taken by the Legislature.

WALSH (:08) “And this will give the public the chance to review legislation before it's voted on and let their representatives know how they feel.”

PAYNE: The 2020 legislative session begins January 13th.

Kelley Payne, Olympia.

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