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Work in Olympia will now focus on passage of bills necessary to implement the budget (NTIB) and initiatives/alternatives to initiatives. The significant activity will be on negotiations to reconcile the House and Senate budgets into a final budget for approval by both houses. Legislative session is due to close on April 28.

Now is the time to let your legislators know that you support additional Revenue in the final budget. Please be sure to follow Action Alerts highlighted below and on individual web pages. Thank you for your continued action during this session. We still have work to do!


This Week's Alerts!

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


Support a Healthy Washington for All 

The Healthy Washington For All (HEAL) Act will create a task force to identify and address environmental health disparities to help government be more responsive when making decisions which may impact neighborhoods.

After opponents of the HEAL Act proposed over 30 amendments to SB 5489, the House passed HB 2009 the same day and it is now with the Senate for concurrence. Click here to urge your Senator to support efforts to address environmental challenges faced by vulnerable communities. 


Final Budget Needs to Maintain Additional Revenue Sources

The House and Senate have adopted their respective budgets and are currently in earnest negotiations to create a final budget. Anticipated revenues and expenditure levels need to be reconciled.  Increased revenues are needed to continue the work to address the McCleary lawsuit, to address the mental health lawsuit and for new needs, such as homelessness programs. The League of Women Voters supports all of those programs and has a long-standing position in favor of a more progressive tax structure in Washington State.

Click here to send a message in support of new and progressive revenue to invest in our state.  


Take Action to prevent our catastrophic wildfires and smoke filled summers

SSB 5996 addresses our escalating annual expenses for wildfires by setting up a dedicated account to fund fire prevention and suppression activities. For the last five years the incidences and costs of wildfires has escalated and the associated smoke is impacting our health and the economy.

Click here to contact your Senator and Representatives and urge them to support this bill. 


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*NEW UPDATES* 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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