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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 started.


Deadline Approaches

Friday, Feb 7 is the first deadline for this short session. That is the last day for bills to pass out of their policy committees.  Exceptions are House fiscal committees, Senate Ways & Means, and Transportation committees. Things could change quickly – so if you are following a particular bill, check in on the Committee activities at www.leg.wa.gov. 

Twitter Town Hall 

Where: On Twitter, following #AskWaLeg and #PuttingPeopleFirst

When: Mon., Feb. 10, @6:30pm

Topics:  Affordable Housing, Healthcare, Economy and Jobs, Education, Transportation, Environmental Justice, Voting Rights

(coordinated by FUSE)

Presidential Primary 

Legislation approved in the 2019 session changed rules for the upcoming Presidential Primary in Washington (March 10, 2020). See here for what is different about this election.    


This Week's Action Alerts!

If you do nothing else this week, these are the most important actions you can take. Responding to these alerts is a great way for you to have a big impact with a very small investment of time.


Restore the Freedom to Vote for People Who Have Been Incarcerated

The freedom to vote is fundamental to our democracy, and Washington is a leader in providing access to the ballot for all citizens. But barriers still remain, including the numerous hurdles facing citizens who have lost the freedom to vote due to a felony conviction. Once someone has served their time, their eligibility to vote should be restored. Please click here to send a message asking your Senator to vote YES on SSB 6228


Support SB 6087 - provide a cap on Insulin costs

This bill would provide that health plans issued or renewed on or after January 1, 2021 must cap out-of-pocket expenses for a 30-day supply of insulin at $100, and HCA must monitor the price of insulin. The Senate Committee on Ways and Means has an executive session to vote on SB 6087 on Wednesday, February 5, 2020 at 3:30 pm. If your Senator is on the committee, email them to move it out of committee.


Status and Actions Needed for Legislative Priorities

Are you interested in following a specific issue that the League is? Please click on your area(s) of interest to see the status of bills that a specific Issue Chair is working on and what action is needed this week. The issue web pages include the Lobby Team contact information, League positions, and history of bills the League is tracking for this Legislative session. Please realize that you do not need to follow all of these – only select your area of interest and know that there will be others selecting other areas.

DEMOCRACY 

Elections: *NEW UPDATES* State support for election funding, encourage youth voting and citizen engagement, and get rid of advisory votes.

Census & Redistricting: *NEW UPDATES* Create a transparent, accessible, and representative process.

Campaign Finance & Government Ethics: *NEW UPDATES* Bills to close the revolving door and fight foreign interference move out of committee, need your support now.

Election Security: *NEW UPDATES* Ensure secure, accurate, transparent elections.

FIGHTING CLIMATE CHANGE & ITS EFFECTS

Climate Change: *NEW UPDATES* Reduce greenhouse gas emissions and enact measures to promote climate resiliency.

Energy: *NEW UPDATES* Advocate for clean and renewable sources.

NATURAL RESOURCES: Protect and restore:

Forests & Rivers: *NEW UPDATES* Protect our forests from wildfires and preserve as important carbon sinks. Protect our free-flowing rivers from dams, disturbance, and depletion. 

Water: *NEW UPDATES* Protect the quality and quantity of our water supply.

ENSURING SOCIAL JUSTICE

Criminal Justice: *NEW UPDATES*  Eradicate racial bias and uphold principles of fairness.

Economic Justice: *NEW UPDATES* Create equitable outcomes and opportunities for all; prevent and reduce poverty.

Education: *NEW UPDATES* Fully fund K-12 and student support services.

Gun Saftey: *NEW UPDATES* Enact sensible gun safety measures.

Housing & Homelessness: *NEW UPDATES* Ensure affordable housing for all.

Healthcare, Behavioral Health, & Reproductive Rights: *NEW UPDATES* Ensure affordable and accessible healthcare for all.

ESTABLISHING FAIR REVENUE 

Revenue: *NEW UPDATES* Balanced, fair, adequate, flexible tax structure.

Transportation: *NEW UPDATES* Achieve balanced, appropriately funded, environmentally sound multi-modal transportation system.

Click here for a list of Lobby Team members and contact info.


Other Sources of Information

TVWWashington'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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Calendar and Events

February 11 – Special Elections.

March 10 – Presidential Primary. 

Washington State Legislature – Agendas, schedules, and calendars for 2020 Session.