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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.

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Bills are being narrowed down as we approach multiple cut-off dates for this session. With the March 1 cut-off to move items out of Appropriation/Ways and Means behind us, the next cut-off date is March 13 for bills that are not related to the budget to pass out of their house of origin.

Everyone – legislators and lobbyists alike – are working hard to move various bills through the legislative process. All the current planned and proposed spending is much higher than anticipated state revenues, meaning that there will be difficult decisions in the weeks ahead regarding the many proposals to be funded.  The next revenue forecast is expected on March 20 with budgets to follow, first the House and then the Senate. 

Now is a key time to hone in on items of concern to you, and send messages to your legislators. Please review the Issue pages linked below to see relevant bills still in play. 


This Week's Alerts!

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


Eliminate Thin Plastic Grocery Bags

Companion bills HB 1205 and SB 5323 prohibit single-use thin plastic grocery carryout bags across the state. Such bags clog recycling equipment and pollute our waterways with trash and smaller bits as they break down. Grocery companies support these bills because they make the regulations uniform across the state.

Please click here to send a message to your legislators in support of these companion bills.


Streamline Voting Right Restoration

It is vital to our democracy that people feel invested in the political process, yet policies of disenfranchisement thwart that goal. People emerging from prison after serving their debt to society should be able to vote again automatically.

Click here to support HB 1924 for a more just and equitable Washington!


Improve Gun Safety by Limiting Ammunition Magazines

Limiting large capacity magazines for guns will improve public safety and the safety of first responders to shooting incidents. Both House and Senate Civil Rights and Judiciary and Law and Justice Committees have passed bills to limit large capacity magazines. These bills need to be brought to the floor from Rules Committees for a vote.

Please click here contact your Senator and Representatives to bring SHB 5068 and SHB 1062 to the floor for a vote. 


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* Work on Voting Rights continues. 

Election Methods: Promote the adoption and implementation of election methods that maximize representation and citizen participation.

Election Security: *NEW UPDATES* 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 *NEW UPDATES* Ensure the state continues fully funding education. Support student health and safety legislation.

ENVIRONMENT 

Climate Change*NEW UPDATES* 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. 

The Washington State Legislature website has links to helpful legislative information of all kinds. 

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