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Busy Session is in Full Swing

The Legislative Session started Monday, January 8, 2018, with numerous hearings in the first week. Follow the links below to the League’s various issue pages for specifics on some of the over 2300 bills that were dropped this week. Bills are moving quickly for votes!   

Check out this informative and entertaining video about Washington's current regressive tax structure from All in for Washington. Nora Leech, LWVWA’s Issue Chair on Fair and Adequate Revenue, participates in the January 9th Action Day--look for her in the orange jacket with a white boa!  

This Week's Alert!

If you do nothing else, here are the most important actions you can take:


Pass the Capital Budget NOW! Jobs and Projects for Washington State

The Legislature averted a partial government shutdown last session 2017 by passing a two-year Operating Budget after bitter partisan fighting and considerable extensions. The accompanying Capital Budget containing $4 billion in new money for local water and sewer projects, school construction, mental-health facilities and other projects across the state was not passed, however. This was due to the controversial Hirst decision regarding water rights being declared contingent to passage of the capital budget. This failure to come to an agreement last year has caused a delay in important projects and jobs around our state.

Please click here to urge your legislators to move forward on passing the capital budget.   


Support SB 6203 Reducing Carbon Pollution by Moving to a Clean Energy Economy, and SB 6096 Establishing a Carbon Pollution Reduction Tax

SB 6203 is Governor Inslee's proposal to drive down greenhouse gas emissions and reinvest in clean energy jobs.  The bill proposes an initial tax of $20 per ton, increasing 3.5% annually and is estimated to generate $3.3 Billion over 4 years.  Revenue would be invested in energy transformation, water and natural resources, transition assistance and clean energy investments.  If approved, initial revenue could be used to backfill reserves allocated to address McCleary education requirements.

SB 6096 assesses $15 per ton, increasing 2.5% annually and capped at $30 per ton.  It allows for credits and allowances for TransAlta transistion, aviation, agricuture, energy intensive industries and electric and gas utilities providing clean energy.  Revenue is allocated for administrative costs, reducing climate impacts, mitigation for impacted consumers, workers, businesses and communities, and a carbon reduction account. 

Click here to contact your Senators on the Energy, Environment, and Technology Committee to support these bills. 



Status and Actions Needed for 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 WA Voting Rights Act is on the fast track...(read more here)

Economic and Social Justice: NEW Our League member, Heather Kelly met with Governor Inslee along with...(read more here)

Health Care: NEW Multiple hearings scheduled this week for bills the League supports, including SB 5701, the Apple Universal Health Care Trust...(read more here)

Reproductive Rights: The 2018 Legislative session will include a strong effort for a Reproductive Parity Act, as well as...(read more here)

Gun Safety: NEW Five bills on gun issues will be heard in the Senate Law & Justice Committee on January 15 with one scheduled for fast action in Executive Session on the following day...(read more here)

Education: Where will a billion dollars come from? This is the budgetary challenge for this session to meet the Supreme Court requirments for funding teachers' salaries...(read more here)

Civic Education: Additions to HB 1896, expanding civics educations and professional development, give new hope for a passing vote...(read more here)

Other Issues

Climate Change, Energy, & Transportation: NEW There has been a whirlwind of activity in the arena of energy and climate change this past week...(read more here)

Natural Resources: NEW This week’s big event will be a Public Hearing on January 16 at 1:30pm on two carbon pricing bills, HB 2294 and SB 6096...(read more here)

Fair & Adequate Revenue: NEW Let’s be fair by sharing the costs of government services used by all, and let’s protect the valuable natural resources of our state with the goal to...(read more here)

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



Upcoming Events

January 24: Democracy Lobby Day, Olympia. Sponsored by LWV WA, and Fix Democracy First.

January 25: Lobby Day to Abolish the Death Penalty, Olympia. Co-sponsored by LWV WA. 

This Legislative Newsletter will bring you weekly Action Alerts and updates on legislation that is on the League of Women Voters of Washington’s legislative agenda each week.