|Ann Murphy, President||January 20, 2019 Vol. 51, Issue 2|
Empowering Voters. Defending Democracy.
The 2019 Legislative session is one week old and much is happening already. Numerous bills had hearings last week and are moving through committee consideration quickly. Others are still yet to be introduced, and the pace will continue to increase!
The Legislative Calendar provides deadlines for bill introduction. Links below provide information on what is happening now in Olympia and what the League is tracking.
This Week's Alerts!
If you do nothing else, here are the most important actions you can take:
Fight for 100% Clean Energy in our state!
Global warming poses a profound and growing risk to our state's economy and quality of life. The League supports energy legislation that preserves the environment and maintains human health and safety. HB 1211 and SB 5116 further these goals by eliminating the use of fossil fuel generated electrity by 2045.
Click here to urge your Legislators to support these important companion bills and clean energy.
Modified Police Reform Law Requires Two-Thirds Vote
Companion bills HB 1064 / SB 5029 are the product of a collaboration between law enforcement and families of people killed by police to implement life-saving police reforms. These bills would modify the terms of I-940, which the same families successfully urged voters to pass last November. If approved, the modifications would clarify language in I-940 and make it easier for police to implement in the field.
Click here to urge your Legislators to vote yes on these companion bills.
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.
Elections, Campaign Finance, & Government Ethics: Improve access to the ballot, reduce the influence of special interest money, and increase transparency in government and politics.
Election Methods: Promote the adoption and implementation of election methods that maximize representation and citizen participation.
Election Security: Promote security, accuracy, auditability, and transparency in elections.
Census & Redistricting: Ensure the redistricting process is accessible and transparent with timeframes that enable input and strengthen results and support an accurate and complete 2020 Census.
Economic & Social Justice: Ensure equality of opportunity, prevent and reduce poverty and promote fair policies for all struggling to realize their human potential.
Criminal Justice: Eradicate racial bias from the criminal justice system to uphold principles of fairness and due process of law.
Healthcare, Behavioral Health, & Reproductive Rights: Ensure access for all residents to comprehensive, uniform and affordable physical and behavioral health care and reproductive services.
Housing & Homelessness: Achieve policies and funding necessary to address the homelessness crisis and assure an adequate supply of affordable housing for middle-to-low income people.
Gun Safety: Limit accessibility of firearms, including assault-style weapons and high capacity clips. Enact safe storage requirements for guns.
EDUCATION Ensure the state continues fully funding education. Support student health and safety legislation.
Climate Change: Reduce greenhouse gas emissions, put a price on carbon, and enact measures to promote climate resiliency.
Energy: Protect the Washington Energy Independence Act, increase renewable power use and promote energy conservation in building and lifestyle practices.
Forests & Rivers: Protect our forests from destructive wildfires and logging practices. Protect our northwest public lands and rivers systems.
Shorelines, Wetlands, & Land Use: Protect our Shoreline Management, Growth Management & State Environmental Policy Acts from efforts to weaken them.
Transportation: Achieve a balanced transportation system that is integrated, adequate and effective, prioritizes maintenance and emphasizes emissions reduction and traffic reduction strategies such as public transportation.
Water: Continue improving the state and local governmental programs empowered to protect the quality and quantity of our water including municipal water, groundwater, and in-stream flows.
FAIR & ADEQUATE REVENUE Adopt fair revenue policies to adequately fund services and functions critical to the well-being of the people of our state.
Click here for a list of Lobby Team members and contact info.
Other Sources of Information
You are encouraged to invite others to take action by sharing the Legislative Newsletter subscription link, Action Alerts, and Calendar Events. Expanding the League's impact helps us to Empower Voters and Defend Democracy as a community!