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Lunell Haught, President
Joan Lawson, Advocacy Portfolio Director
Hayley Day, Editor
March 7, 2021 Vol. 53, Issue 09
Senate Bill 5373, or Washington STRONG, will secure up to $16 billion for investments to assist in post-pandemic recovery, reduce the state’s carbon footprint, and reduce the effects of climate change and pollution in marginalized communities both urban and rural. Funding begins with tax obligation bonds that can begin achieving results quickly and that will be repaid with a tax on carbon. Last week, the bill received a hearing in the Senate Committee on Environment, Energy and Technology, but we need a vote in that committee to move it toward a vote on the Senate floor. Ask the Senate Environment Committee to hold a vote on the Washington STRONG Act.
Senate Bill 5182 would remove advisory votes from the ballot. They create voter confusion and discouragement, and often leave voters feeling so overwhelmed that they do not vote the entire ballot. The advisory votes are misleading to voters, because they are about decisions that have already been made. They add significantly to the costs of elections and voters are not informed about them because reliable information is virtually impossible to find.
This bill must pass the Senate by Tuesday and it's important for Senators to know there is also support for this in the House. Send this email now!
The LWVWA supports the following League Legislative Issues in the current Washington state legislative session. Click on an issue to learn more, including current and upcoming bills affecting the issue. In this virtual legislative session, you can also testify for a bill online.
Elections | Critical actions needed to protect election workers and support Ranked-Choice Voting.
Natural Resources | Progress made towards resilience for climate impacted natural resources.
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