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Published on Friday, February 28, 2014

Bill extending document recording fee for homeless funding fails to pass out of Senate Committee

Regrettably HB 2368 the document recording fee for homeless funding was not brought forward for advancement in the Senate Financial Institutions and Housing Committee Thursday evening. Several committee members of both parties, expressed frustration when one of the co-chairs, Sen. Jan Angel (R- Port Orchard), gaveled the meeting to the close without bringing the bill up for consideration.

These fees represent the single largest source of homeless support in every city and county in the state. They are used to support locally developed plans and targeted to local community priorities. All of those efforts are now at risk.

Should this bill not be revived before the end of the session, local homeless programs supported by these fees will face a very uncertain future as $68 million in homeless funding will be put at risk with only the 2015 session as a last resort. By that time local agencies and non-profits will have had to budget for 2015 without any certainty whether funds will be available for the second half of the year.

See the list here If these are important to you please contact your Senators and ask them to find a way to revive and pass HB 2368 this year.