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Action Alerts

Click on the links below to learn more about bills currently being reviewed in the state legislature. You can "take action" on these most pressing bills by sending a suggested, editable email to legislators, encouraging them to vote to promote the League issue in question.
 
Ask Senate Environment Committee to hold Washington STRONG Act vote

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.

Let’s get rid of advisory votes

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!

Visit the Current Actions page to learn how to support all actions.


Bills head from house of origin to opposite chamber

By Raelene Gold, Natural Resources Issue Chair
 
Today is the beginning of week nine of the 2021 legislative session, which lasts seven more weeks ending on April 25. Monday and Tuesday, the House and Senate will continue to meet, feverishly passing bills out of their houses of origin by the deadline of 5 p.m., Tuesday. If a bill doesn't pass out of its house of origin, it is dead for this session, unless the bill is necessary to implement the budget.
 
Starting Wednesday, House and Senate policy committees start public hearings on the bills that passed to them from the opposite house. Please remember our status updates are current as of last Friday at midnight.

Please take action on these Action Alerts to help these League-supported bills make it. Check out the Current Actions page too. If bills you care about are still waiting in the rules committees, please contact your legislators to support them. Starting Wednesday, watch the public hearings on TVW (Channel 23 or www.tvw.org) and comment on the bills the League supports.
 
Thanks for being involved and active in this democratic process.


LWVWA Issues

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.

DEMOCRACY

Elections | Critical actions needed to protect election workers and support Ranked-Choice Voting.

Election Security | Ensure secure, accurate and transparent elections.
 
Money in Politics | Let's finally close the lobbying revolving door!
 
Redistricting and Census | Speak Up Schools have started. Don't miss out on the fun. Your voting power starts here.
   
FIGHTING CLIMATE CHANGE AND ITS EFFECTS
 
Climate Change | Climate bills are moving to votes and you can help.
 
Energy | Energy bills this session mostly focused on reducing climate change.

Natural Resources | Progress made towards resilience for climate impacted natural resources.

Transportation | A new transportation budget will be adopted this year and emphasis will be on reducing the net impact of transportation systems on climate change.

ENSURING SOCIAL JUSTICE

Criminal Justice | See Issue Web Page for additional Action Alerts!
 
Social Justice | Expand economic, political and social opportunities and protections for historically marginalized groups.
 
Gun Safety | Assure public safety and free speech.
 
Housing and Homelessness | Emphasis will be on obtaining increased investment in affordable housing and retention of, at minimum, current levels of rental assistance and other homelessness prevention programs.
 
Health Care, Behavioral Health and Reproductive Rights | Establish 12 months of post-partum care for mothers.

IMPROVE EDUCATION

Public Education | Fully fund K-12 education and increase funding for student support services, including broadband access.

ESTABLISHING FAIR REVENUE

Adequate and Fair Revenue and Budget | Help pass fair and adequate revenue.

How to tesify for a bill online

In addition to contacting your legislators via Action Alerts, bill comments, emails and phone calls, you can register to testify remotely, submit written testimony or have your position noted for the legislative record. Speak for yourself and explain your personal interest in the bill. Unless you obtain permission, you should not emphasize the League in testimony.
 
Just follow these steps:
  • Visit the "Participating in Committee Hearings" section of the Washington State Legislature's website.
  • Press the "Register to Testify Remotely" button, even if you just want to submit written testimony or have your position noted for the record.
  • Select House or Senate.
  • Use the dropdown menus at the top to select the committee and the hearing date and time.
  • Select the bill you’re interested in, then select the type of testimony — oral, written or noting your position for the record — and follow the directions provided. 
  • Fill out your identifying information, then hit "Submit" at the bottom.


Calendar

  • Tuesday, March 9Last day to pass bills in the state legislature in their house of origin by 5 p.m.
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  • Wednesday, March 10Legislative Districts 1 and 27 Town Halls.
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  • Thursday, March 11LWVWA, DKG and FDF present Speak Up School data presentation.
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  • Thursday, March 11Legislative Districts 41 and 47 Town Halls.
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  • Saturday, March 13Legislative Districts 5, 40, and 43 Town Halls.
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  • Monday, March 15Legislative Districts 2, 17, 32, and 36 Town Halls.
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  • Tuesday, March 16Legislative District 42 Town Hall.
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  • Wednesday, March 17Legislative Districts 10, 11, 14 and 45 Town Halls.

Other ways to follow the state legislature

  • Washington State Legislature website, leg.wa.gov.
  • Washington state's public affairs TV network, TVW.org.