Washington State Legislative Alert

— from the League of Women Voters of Washington www.lwvwa.org

This Week’s Alert! If you do nothing else, here is the most important action you can take:


Let’s Make Voting Rights A Reality for All!

The League has made passing the WA Voting Rights Act (WVRA) a top priority for the last five years. This year we have a real chance of passage – but only if our legislators hear from you in support of this bill. Click here to tell your Representatives that you stand committed to providing full and equal access to our democracy to everyone in our state and support the WVRA.


WHO PAYS TAXES? and WHO DOES NOT?
Pass Tax Exemption Transparency and Accountability Act: 
Legislators have awarded special exemptions from taxes to some businesses. Almost 700 tax preferences valued at over $11 billion dollars of revenue are lost each year. Is it fair? SSB 5513 will make it transparent. Please click here to support passage of a bill to require transparency and accountability in tax exclusions.

Status and Actions Needed for Other Legislative Priorities
Please click on the areas of interest to you to see the status of bills that the Lobby Team is working on and what action is needed this week. The issue webpages include the Lobby Team contact information, League positions, and history of bills the League is tracking for this legislative session.

Priorities 

  • Democracy: NEW Great progress, but we still need your help in the next two days!...(read more here)
  • Economic and Social Justice: NEW Two bills designed to reform our criminal justice system are still alive this session. Year after year they were passed by large majorities in the House only to wither in the Senate. …(read more here)
  • Health Care: NEW New bills in the Senate and House regarding opioid use disorder treatment and prevention up for discussion…(read more here)
  • Reproductive Rights: NEW Two important bills dealing with reproductive health care are moving through the legislative process…(read more here)
  • Gun Safety: NEW ESB 5992, the Bump Stock Ban, which passed the Senate, was heard in the House on February 9, and is scheduled for Executive Session in the House Judiciary Committee on Thursday…(read more here)
  • Education: NEW Civics bill needs to be heard in the Senate…(read more here)
  • Civic Education: NEW HB 1896, expanding civics educations and professional development, passed the House and now moves to the Senate…(read more here)

Other Issues

Click here for a list of Lobby Team members and contact info.

Legislative Cut Off Dates

  • February 14, 2018Last day to consider (pass) bills in house of origin by 5:00pm.
  • February 26, 2018: Last day to read in opposite house committee reports (pass bills out of committee and read them into the record on the floor) from House fiscal committees and Senate Ways & Means and Transportation committees.

Upcoming Legislative Events

February 12, 2018: Join us this Monday for a Puget Sound and Salish Sea Virtual Lobby Day! We will be taking action all day–head over to our Facebook on Monday for more details on how you can participate. #ProtectTheSalishSea

Town Hall Meetings: Many WA State Senators and Representatives are holding Town Hall Meetings in February. Click here to find out if your lawmaker is hosting a town hall and how you can participate. We will be sending out questions for you to ask your lawmakers, so stay tuned for more updates.

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