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Welcome to April 28 – the day that the Legislature is due to end its 2019 session – and as we publish this Legislative Newsletter in the morning, we are not sure of final results later today or even perhaps into the evening...

Action in Olympia is moving so fast that it is difficult to track all of the bouncing balls. We know that there have been late night actions to approve revenue bills. We know that the House and Senate have an agreement on the operating budget – yet details were available only yesterday on Saturday providing an incredibly short amount of time to assess revenue and spending plans.

As in the past, we are expecting an extremely long and detailed budget delivered at an extremely late hour, with little time for review and less opportunity for effective comment. For this 105 day session, we are up to the final days without the transparency of seeing what revenue is approved – and how the revenue will be spent.

We are not presenting any Action Alerts for you today as decisions in Olympia come down to the wire. However, if you have a favorite issue that you are tracking that seems to need help, please make direct contact with your legislators today. 

Stay tuned for follow-up information – the Legislative Newsletter will return within two weeks with an overview of the Legislation we supported that passed, and also what did not make it. Remember those bills will come back in the 2020 session and we will be back at it!

Thank you for all of your work this year to Empower Voters and Defend Democracy!


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 SecurityPromote 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: 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: 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 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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