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TODAY: Take action to help pass the capital gains tax. Read on for updates on all the bills the League is following.

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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.
 
Help Pass the Capital Gains Tax

Among the various proposals this session for progressive new revenue, the only one that could pass at this point is the capital gains tax. In spite of an expected infusion of federal rescue funds, progressive new revenue is essential to support unmet needs that preexisted COVID and will continue. It is needed to provide sustainable funding for the most basic state programs.

The most recent amendment to SB 5096, in the House Finance Committee, dedicates all of the revenue to the Education Legacy Trust Account, which funds common schools and will be available as well for early learning and child care which have been chronically underfunded.

This bill will go to the House floor for a vote within the next couple of days. Please contact your legislators and let them know you want them to vote FOR SB 5096.

► Ask your state legislators to vote yes.

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


Legislative Session Has Eight More Days

By Ruth Fruland, Public Bank Co-Chair

This has been an unusual legislative session, mediated through online access and TVW. It is now entering its last eight days. Many bills have passed both chambers and are moving on to the governor for signature, while bills Necessary to Implement the Budget—such as the capital gains tax and the budget itself—still need support during the concurrence process that resolves differences between the House and Senate.

This is a good point in time to thank our legislators for their hard work on bills we have supported. As one member wrote, “thanking them is not a big task, and they do appreciate it.” Remaining positive, we should urge our legislators to work together in a spirit of cooperation as differences are resolved. Good governance and outcomes that serve all the people of our state require that shared vision and cooperation to achieve it.

In the week ahead, the major effort will be to obtain concurrences and reconciliation with respect to the clean fuels bill, capital gains, and budget differences. Please see our action alerts, as well as the individual issue web pages, to learn more about the issues that require our support in this final week.


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 | Voting rights restoration passes the Senate.

Election Security | Ensure secure, accurate, and transparent elections.
 
Money in Politics | Speak up for SR 1 in Congress.
 
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 Many climate bills still working through the legislative process.
 
Energy | Energy bills this session mostly focused on reducing climate change.

Natural Resources | Get lead out of children's school drinking water now.

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 | Address the impact of systemic racism and advocate for a criminal justice system that is equitable, transparent, and evidence-based.
 
Social Justice | Visit our Issue Web Page for additional social justice bills that need action.
 
Gun Safety | Ask your representatives to vote yes on ESSB 5038.
 
Housing and Homelessness Increased investment in affordable housing and homelessness prevention programs.
Health Care, Behavioral Health and Reproductive Rights Your life. Your death. Your choice.

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 BudgetHelp pass the capital gains tax.


How to testify 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  

  • April 25—Last day allowed for regular session under state constitution.

Other ways to follow the state legislature

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