Washington State Legislative Update


Sent out by the Jefferson County Democrats

Hearings are underway for bills already introduced, comment periods are open, and things are moving very quickly. The legislature’s site for tracking all bills is here:  Bill Information

Lobby days in Olympia focus on causes. Many of the scheduled lobby days are listed here:
Lobby days
A few of the many important lobby days scheduled very soon are:

January 23 – Immigrant and Refugee Rights Rally
February 1 – Housing and Homelessness Advocacy day
What other lobby days should we list? And who is organizing the car pools to attend?

Some bill trackers for important legislation are sponsored by the Northwest Progressive Institute:
https://www.nwprogressive.org/advocacy/
and the Washington Low-Income Housing Alliance:
http://wliha.org/advocacy/state/

How you can watch and participate in the legislative process from the comfort of your home.
A list of bills being considered by the state legislature was matched up with a Washington State Democratic priorities agenda. It isn’t comprehensive nor does it include all of many important bills being considered but it is a covers a lot (over 80 bills) that are important to Democrats on most issues. The dates and time of bill hearings is generally known a few days in advance only. The schedule is updated weekly and even daily. You can go here
2018 Bill Hearing Schedule
to find next weeks hearing schedules. That document is always being updated you can keep referring to it for updates. What you will see, for example:SB 6034    would allow county PUDs to provide end user telecommunications
When: 1/17   8:00
Comment hereClick on Senate Bill 6034 to learn more about the bill. Click on “Comment here” to leave a comment for the committee in charge of the bill.  “When” is the time the committee has scheduled a hearing on the bill. To watch any hearing on TVW, click on the bill, scroll down to available videos and watch live or later. So bookmark weekly 2018 bill hearings schedule or find it on the website.

Some important bills:

SB 6086, https://goo.gl/ruyF9s co-sponsored by Senator Kevin Van De Wege, would phase-out the pens as their leases expire. -Support this.

HB 2418, https://goo.gl/Gn2UNY co-sponsored by Representatives Chapman and Tharinger, would delay construction of new nonnative fin fish aquaculture facilities until thorough study, including structural analysis of existing facilities, is complete. – Do not support currently.

HB 2260 https://goo.gl/k4h8Ln would prohibit Atlantic salmon being used in aquaculture in Washington state. – Support this.

HB 2431 and SB 6456. This would hand land use oversight to military commanders in areas near bases. Theoretically it could hand over veto power on land use regs to anywhere in Washington State! Supported by a governor (yes, Inslee) committee that is mainly the Chamber of Commerce in many military counties. And supported by a couple of Dems. Why?

HB 2300 – Degrade protection for marbled murrelet.
HB 1026 – Health Security Trust.
SB 5701 – Apple Care Trust.
HB 1800 – Voting Rights Act (re-introduced)
SB 5991 – DISCLOSE Act, Increasing transparency of contributions.
HB 1075 – Capital Budget and HB 1080 – Bonds for Capital Budget. (Tharinger’s bills).
SB 5772 – Property Tax reform.
SB 5464 and HB 2059 – Washington Investment trust (Hasegawa’s bills).

 

 

 

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