|Ann Murphy, President||January 21, 2018 Vol. 50, Issue 3|
Leaguers on the Hill
League members retired Senator Karen Fraser and Sue Lean, Thurston County LWV testified on HB 2007, making provisions to commemorate the centennial of national women's suffrage.
Sen. Fraser had also been invited to give the prayer in the Senate shortly after the hearing. She was surprised by a heartfelt tribute from her colleagues on both sides of the aisle for her outstanding service.
This Week's Alert!
If you do nothing else, here are the most important actions you can take:
Automatic Voter Registration-It's Time
This year we have a great opportunity to pass Automatic Voter Registration (AVR). This simple step could add 500,000 people to the voter rolls in our state. Please click here to let your legislators know it's time for Washington to modernize our elections and passed AVR.
Ban Bump Stocks - Pass SB 5992
SB 5992 Trigger Modification bill, aka the Bump Stock bill banning the sale, manufacture, and possession of such devices, is likely to emerge from Rules Committee and go to the Senate floor this week. Hundreds of gun safety supporters and gun activists filled the hearing rooms of the Senate Law and Justice Committee on January, 15 for a hearing on five gun-related bills. Please help keep this momentum up by urging your Senator to support this bill by clicking here.
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.
Gun Safety: NEW Five bills on gun issues were heard in the Senate Law & Justice Committee on January 15 with SB 5992, the Bump Stock ban, passing out of committee and on to Rules Committee. Hundreds of gun safety advocates as well as...(read more here)
Climate Change, Energy, & Transportation: NEW The eagerly awaited debut of the update to the Energy Independence Act ( I-937) will be heard on the morning of Tuesday, January 23 in the House Energy and Technology Committee...(read more here)
Click here for a list of Lobby Team members and contact info.
Upcoming Legislative Events
January 24: Democracy Lobby Day, Olympia. Sponsored by LWVWA, and Fix Democracy First.
January 25: Lobby Day to Abolish the Death Penalty, Olympia. Co-sponsored by LWVWA.