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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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As the House and Senate focus on reconciling the budget, your continued urging of your legislators to move towards a more progressive tax structure is more important than ever! The League supports new revenue sources and transparency in fundingAction Alerts below have additonal details and easy click through to contact your legislators! 

The April 9 cutoff to read bills out of the House fiscal committees, Senate Ways & Means Committee, and Senate Transportation Committee will affect bills the Lobby Team has been tracking through session. Please check the Issue webpages below for the status of bills in our Legislative Priorities.

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This Week's Alerts!

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


Support Increased Revenues 

Some legislators still believe that new revenue sources are but needed, but they are. The League of Women Voters has a long-standing position in favor of a more progressive tax structure in Washington State. Legislators need our support to take these actions to offset the special interest lobbying in favor of keeping the more regressive system in place.

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


Charter School Law shouldn't be changed in a School Levy bill. 

Before fully funding Special Education or needed counselors, the Senate Ways & Means Committee at 1:30am on April 3 chose to amend SSB 5313, the local school levy relief bill, to give new public money from the state to charter schools based on school district's levies. This amendment would also eliminate the time frame during which Charter Schools could be formed.

If the Charter School law passed in 2016 is to be changed, it should be proposed in a separate bill and a public hearing be held. Click here to tell your Senator that government should be transparent and open to the public.


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: 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. 

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