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Welcome to League Action! If you are a returning participant, thank you for your actions, and more opportunities are below. If you are new to this Legislative Newsletter, here are some helpful tips to get you started.


This Week's Alerts!

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


Adequate Transportation Funding is Key 

While it is still early in the transportation budget process now is the time to emphasize the need to shift transportation priorities away from automobile use and towards increased transit support. Increased transit is urgently needed to reduce congestion, reduce pollution, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to serve more low-income and special needs populations who badly need transit support. 

Click here to urge your Legislators to support increased transit funding. 


Urge Your Legislator to Keep Drivers Licensed and Insured 

Prosecuting people for nonpayment of traffic fines is ineffective, creates inequities in our justice system, and imposes a huge burden on the State. Companion bills HB 1282 / SB 5328 would decriminalize nonpayment of traffic fines and impose a civil assessment in its place. This modification would promote fairness and equity in our criminal justice system by eliminating an economic crime that disproportionately affects low-income drivers and people of color. 

Click here to learn more about HB 1282 / SB 5328, and send a message to your Legislators to support these important 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.

DEMOCRACY 

Elections, Campaign Finance, & Government Ethics*NEW UPDATES* Improve access to the ballot, reduce the influence of special interest money, and increase transparency in government and politics. 

Election Methods: *NEW UPDATES* 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*NEW UPDATES* Ensure equality of opportunity, prevent and reduce poverty and promote fair policies for all struggling to realize their human potential.

Criminal Justice: *NEW UPDATES* Eradicate racial bias from the criminal justice system to uphold principles of fairness and due process of law.

Healthcare, Behavioral Health, & Reproductive Rights: *NEW UPDATES* Ensure access for all residents to comprehensive, uniform and affordable physical and behavioral health care and reproductive services.

Housing & Homelessness*NEW UPDATES* 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: *NEW UPDATES* 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: *NEW UPDATES* Protect the Washington Energy Independence Act, increase renewable power use and promote energy conservation in building and lifestyle practices.

Forests & Rivers: *NEW UPDATES* Protect our forests from destructive wildfires and logging practices. Protect our northwest public lands and rivers systems.

Shorelines, Wetlands, & Land Use: *NEW UPDATES* Protect our Shoreline Management, Growth Management & State Environmental Policy Acts from efforts to weaken them.

Transportation: *NEW UPDATES* 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: *NEW UPDATES* 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. 

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