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Empowering Voters. Defending Democracy.  


As we move into the third week of the 2019 Legislative session hundreds of bills continue to be introduced.  Please check out the various bills that League Issue Chairs are following (see links below). Action opportunities this week include electronic communication with your legislators, as well as a Lobby Day participation in Olympia. 

Please participate and share these opportunities for action with your friends, family, and community! 


This Week's Alerts!

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


Let’s Remove the Cost from Voting 

Legislators are currently debating bills that would provide postage for ballots. It is important that they hear from you and know that you support giving everyone the opportunity to vote, without having to pay for it.

Click here to urge your Legislators to carry on Washington’s great voting tradition and support prepaid postage for ballots. 


Reject I-976: $30 Tabs Initiative

Washington Initiative 976, Limits on Motor Vehicle Taxes and Fees Measure (2019), referred to as the “$30 Tabs Initiative” would limit annual license fees for vehicles weighing under 10,000 pounds at $30 except voter-approved charges; base vehicle taxes on the Kelley Blue Book value rather than the manufacturer's suggested retail price; limit certain taxes and fees related to transportation; and repeal authorization for certain regional transit authorities, such as Sound Transit, to impose motor vehicle excise taxes. 

Click here to learn more and send a message to your Legislators  


Environmental Priorities Coalition Lobby Day in Olympia 

Event in support of the 2019 four legislative priorities: 100% Clean Electricity, Orca Emergency Response, Oil Spill Prevention and Reducing Plastic Pollution.

Tuesday, January 29 | United Churches of Olympia | 8:00 am - 5:00 pm | Register 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.

DEMOCRACY 

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.

SOCIAL POLICIES 

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 & HomelessnessAchieve 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.

ENVIRONMENT 

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

  • TVW,Washington's public affairs network, provides gavel-to-gavel coverage of Washington State Legislature sessions and coverage of the Washington State Supreme Court and public affairs events. 
  • Washington State Legislature website has links to helpful legislative information of all kinds. 

You are encouraged to invite others to take action by sharing the Legislative Newsletter subscription linkAction Alerts, and Calendar Events. Expanding the League's impact helps us to Empower Voters and Defend Democracy as a community!