2017 Legislative Agenda

Building a More Humane and Sustainable Biennial Budget

  • Fully fund our broken Mental Health System
  • Fully fund the McCleary decision for our K-12 system
  • Support Revenue Increases (Pass the Capital Gains Tax) and Eliminate Tax Exemptions
  • Support Biennial Budget Request for Civil Legal Aid Program ($12M)
  • Support Biennial Budget Request for Small Farm Direct Marketing & Farm to School Programs ($500K)
  • Support Biennial Budget Request to reduce student homelessness ($4M)

Increasing Support for Human Services and Reducing Wealth Inequality

  • Fully restore the monthly TANF grant ($15M) and protect our state’s Disability Lifeline program (Housing and Essential Needs/Aged, Blind, and Disabled)
  • Pass Breakfast After the Bell
  • Pass Wage Theft prevention bills: Misclassification, Anti-Retaliation, Triple Damages, and Wage Recovery
  • Pass Gender Pay Equity bill
  • Increase Jobs & Contracts for African American community (Department of Transportation)
  • Support poverty reduction bills
  • Support Paid Family and Medical Leave Act

Dismantling the Culture of Violence

  • Pass Criminal Justice Reform bills: Education in our State Prisons, LFOs-Legal Financial Obligations, replace death penalty statute with life sentence/without parole, Fair Chance Act, creation of an Ombuds Office for Dept. of Corrections, Second Chance Act (establish parole)
  • Support Juvenile Justice Reforms (Sentencing Juveniles as Adults)
  • Reform our state’s Deadly Force statute
  • Pass Gun Safety legislation: Safe Gun Storage and Limit Access to Assault-Style Weapons
  • Pass Human Trafficking Prevention legislation
  • Establish Dairy Worker Protections
  • Pass Voting Rights Act
  • Oppose Gender-Segregated Bathroom legislation that would discriminate against transgender people
  • Protect civil rights of the undocumented – oppose Real ID/driver license bills

Protecting Housing and Preventing Homelessness

  • Increase funding for Housing Trust Fund ($200M)
  • Prohibit discrimination based on renter’s source of income
  • Eliminate the sunset of and increase the Document Recording Fee

Sustaining Washington’s Environment

  • Extend Solar Tax Credits for Homeowners
  • Pass Pesticide Notification bill
  • Support the Alliance for Jobs and Clean Energy proposal

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Past Legislative Agendas

2016 Legislative Successes
2015 End of Session Report
2014 End of Session Report

2013 End of Session Report
2012 End of Session Report