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Action in Olympia is heading toward the finish line as we enter April this week! Various deadlines are approaching quickly, (see the Calendar below) and Session is due to end April 29. Bills now need to meet the cut-offs out of the second house to be enacted – and need to be in the budget!

The House has passed their budget (HB 1109), and the Senate budget (SB 5153) will complete consideration this week  then begins the reconciliation processes for a single budget. Urge your legislators to move towards a progressive tax structure in the Action Alert below. Find more information on the budget proccess on the Fair and Adequate Revenue page.

Thank you for your continued responses to Calls for Action!


This Week's Alerts!

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


Increased Revenue in the State Budget is Required

The House and Senate budgets have now been released, and both rely on new revenue to fund increases in education, mental health, homelessness prevention and response, and other programs. While the budgets differ in their rates of funding increase, both are moving towards a more progressive tax structure. 

Please click here to tell your legislators to vote in favor of these revenue changes.


Support the 2020 Census

The census is one of the most logistically complex operations conducted by the federal government. However, state legislators can help mitigate critical challenges in a variety of ways--but they need to know our state supports these efforts.

Click here to let your legislators know you support an accurate and complete Census.


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: Promote security, accuracy, auditability, and transparency in elections.

Census & Redistricting*NEW UPDATES* 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 *NEW UPDATES* Rebalancing the Washington State Tax Structure.

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. 

You are encouraged to invite others to take action by sharing the Legislative Newsletter subscription linkAction Alerts, and Calendar Events. You can also help support the League's work by donating to the Advocacy or Education fund here.

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