Wednesday, March 1st marked the half-way point for the 2023 legislative session! WFIA's Governmental Affairs Director gives important updates on our priority bills. The next cut-off is March 8th at 5pm. Unless a bill is NTIB (necessary to implement the budget) it needs to move out of its House of Origin the 8th. In a surprising twist, the Product Theft bill (SB 5259) was not killed and is set for a hearing on Thursday, March 9th. This will keep our messaging alive on the issue and we are optimistic it will continue to move through the process for the remainder of session. The Ergonomics bill (SSB 5217) moved off of the Senate floor last week but we were able to significantly modify the bill. WFIA is also expressing our opposition to the Warehouse bill and will be keeping an eye on that. Several bills were killed last week and you can view those in the bill tracker.
On the federal side, thank you for letting us know about the medicaid cards that members have not been able to process. We notified the Attorney General's Office of the issue and hope to have some solutions for you soon.