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The 2021 legislative session ended with a bang on April 25, with stunning results for League issues. Read on to learn more about session results on bills the League supported

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Time to Celebrate Our Successes!

By Joan Lawson, Advocacy Portfolio Director

The 2021 legislative session ended with a bang on April 25, with stunning results for League issues. The capper was the adoption of the capital gains tax, for which many of you have  advocated. But there were many issues for which we advocated that also passed. There was historic support for affordable housing, a shift of the tax structure with the working families tax exemption (combined with the capital gains tax), the restoration of voting rights to previously incarcerated people immediately upon release, climate change and environmental legislation, new funding for education and early learning, and more.

Although not everything we supported passed, we could not be happier with this session’s outcomes.

Read more details in the issue pages listed below. Thank you to all who helped with phone calls, emails, action alerts, and other communication with legislators.


LWVWA Legislative Issues From the 2021 Washington State Legislative Session

Click on an issue to learn more about session results on bills the League supported.

Democracy

Elections | Major success in voting rights.

Election Security | Improvements in election security passed. 
 
Money in Politics | Speak up for SR 1 in Congress. 

Redistricting and Census | Public testimony begins in May. 

Fighting Climate Change and Its Effects
 
Climate Change |  Progress in clean fuels and carbon pricing.
 
Energy | Mixed results on renewable energy policy.  

Natural Resources | Sixteen Natural Resource bills passed this session.  

Transportation | Two-year budget passed; no new transportation taxes yet.

Ensuring Social Justice

Criminal Justice | Improvements in reducing the impact of systemic racism and more equitable, transparent, and evidence-based criminal justice. 
 
Social Justice | Expanded economic, political, and social opportunities and protections for historically marginalized groups. 
 
Gun Safety | ESSB 5038 passed, banning open carry on the capitol campus. 
 
Housing and Homelessness | Budget contains historic support for affordable housing.

Health Care, Behavioral Health and Reproductive Rights | Universal Health Care Commission is established.

Improve Education

Public Education | K-12 education  funding for student support services, including broadband access increased. 

Establishing Fair Revenue

Adequate and Fair Revenue and Budget | Big steps toward greater balance in taxation.



Other ways to follow the state legislature

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