SSB 5883

This analysis was prepared by non-partisan legislative staff for the use of legislative members in their deliberations. This analysis is not a part of the legislation nor does it constitute a statement of legislative intent.


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Synopsis as Enacted

Brief Description: Making operating appropriations for the 2015-2017 and 2017-2019 fiscal biennia.

Sponsors: Senate Committee on Ways & Means (originally sponsored by Senator Braun).

Senate Committee on Ways & Means

Background: The operating expenses of state government and its agencies and programs are funded on a biennial basis by an Omnibus Operating Budget adopted by the Legislature in odd-numbered years. State operating expenses are paid from the state general fund and from various dedicated funds and accounts.

Summary: Biennial appropriations for the 2017-19 fiscal biennium for the various agencies and programs of the state are enacted, including appropriations for general government agencies, human services programs, natural resources agencies, and education institutions. In addition, supplemental operating appropriations are made for the 2015-2017 fiscal biennium.

Budget summary materials are available online at under the Budget Bills & Documents header (Operating Budget).

Votes on Final Passage:

Third Special Session








June 30, 2017

June 30, 2019 (Section 990)

Partial Veto Summary: Thirteen sections or subsections of the operating budget bill were vetoed—dealing with studies on market rate and subsidized housing; occupational disease; burrowing shrimp control; local government legal obligations and revenue capacity; contract for Sound Transit sales tax collection; Washington Business One-Stop Portal; Legislative-Executive WorkFirst Poverty Reduction Oversight Task Force; prescription drug benefit administration; sub-minimum wage rulemaking; Center for Workers-King County; management reductions at transportation agencies; Law Enforcement Officers' and Fire Fighters' retirement system; and appropriations for Health Care Authority.