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The 2019 Legislative Session adjourned sine die as scheduled on Sunday, April 28. Legislators worked in a flurry to pass bills and approve budgets up until the last hour. We are still reviewing the biennium budget as passed to determine if all bills expected were included, or if some which passed the legislature may now be dead due to lack of funding.   

This week's Legislative Newsletter and the May 12 issue will bring you session wrap-ups from the Issue Chairs on our Legislative Priorities. Issue Web pages will have information on bills that League supported and how they fared.

A number of bills are on Governor Jay Inslee’s desk for signaturehe has until May 21 to take action on these before they die. There are several bill signings scheduled this week:
  • Tuesday, May 7 at 9:30am in the Governor’s conference room in Olympia, Governor Inslee will sign a number of significant bills related to gun safety, health care, education, the hate crimes bill, and many social justice bills. He will also be signing the PAC transparency bill, ESHB 1379.
  • Tuesday, May 7 at 3:00pm Governor Inslee will be in South Seattle to sign five major environmental bills. 
What are next steps now that session has ended?
Our Lobby Team Issue Chairs invite you to join Advocacy Discussion Groups to continue to learn more about the issues you care about, and opportunities for actions year-round. There are many ways to be involved in the Interim as we look forward to the 2020 “short” legislative session when bills that did not pass this session will be revisited. 


Status of Our 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*SESSION WRAP-UP* 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*SESSION WRAP-UP* Promote security, accuracy, auditability, and transparency in elections.

Census & RedistrictingEnsure 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*SESSION WRAP-UP* 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: *SESSION WRAP-UP* Ensure access for all residents to comprehensive, uniform and affordable physical and behavioral health care and reproductive services.

Housing & HomelessnessAchieve 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 *SESSION WRAP-UP* Ensure the state continues fully funding education. Support student health and safety legislation.

ENVIRONMENT 

Climate Change*SESSION WRAP-UP* Reduce greenhouse gas emissions, put a price on carbon, and enact measures to promote climate resiliency.

Energy: *SESSION WRAP-UP* Protect the Washington Energy Independence Act, increase renewable power use and promote energy conservation in building and lifestyle practices.

Forests & Rivers: Protect our forests from destructive wildfires and logging practices. Protect our northwest public lands and rivers systems.

Shorelines, Wetlands, & Land Use: Protect our Shoreline Management, Growth Management & State Environmental Policy Acts from efforts to weaken them.

Transportation: 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: *SESSION WRAP-UP* 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. 

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