Lunell Haught, President
Ann Murphy, Lobby Team Chair
|February 23, 2020 Vol. 52, Issue 7|
Empowering Voters. Defending Democracy.
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Next Deadline – February 28
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.
If you think that you may have missed an earlier Action Alert – the alerts for this session can be found here.
A Once-in-a-decade Opportunity
Since the House of Representatives passed SHB 2575 on February 19, we must now alert our Senators to the importance of passing this bill that increases transparency and accountability and maximizes public input to the Washington State Redistricting Commission.
Tell them you believe in increasing access to democracy, transparency in government processes, and maximizing people’s ability to give input. Tell them you believe in making things better before something goes wrong. Tell them you want the process to work for everyone.
Support SB 5395, Requiring Comprehensive Sexual Health Education In All Schools
Help Reduce Pollution From Plastic Bags
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.
Elections: *NEW UPDATES* Success for bills encouraging youth voting and citizen engagement and providing state support for election funding and outreach to underrepresented voters.
Census & Redistricting: *NEW UPDATES* Create a transparent, accessible, and representative process.
Campaign Finance & Government Ethics: *NEW UPDATES* Senate passes bill to fight foreign campaign interference, bills to close the revolving door 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, and safe transport and storage.
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* and *ACTION ALERT* 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 Safety: *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.
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Other Sources of Information
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February 28 – Last day to read in committee reports (pass bills out of committee and read them into the record on the floor) from opposite house, except House fiscal committees and Senate Ways & Means and Transportation committees.
March 2 – Last day to read in opposite house committee reports (pass bills out of committee and read them into the record on the floor) from House fiscal committees and Senate Ways & Means and Transportation committees.
March 10 – Presidential Primary. See here for what is different about this election.
March 12 – Last day allowed for regular session.
Washington State Legislature – Agendas, schedules, and calendars for 2020 session.