Legislative Session Week Three Review and Take Action

Posted 1/29/18

Highlights from week three of the 2018 State Legislative Session:

Tuesday: Immigrant and Refugee Lobby Day was in Olympia. There was a rally on the Capitol steps and advocates prepared to meet with their legislators. The two primary bills on their agenda were higher education scholarships for immigrant students (HB 1488) and Keep WA Working (SB 5689), which would support the state’s current and future industries, while establishing statewide guidelines that prevent unconstitutional detention and profiling by law enforcement.

ThursdayBreakfast After the Bell (HB 1508) passed out of Senate Ways & Means with only two ‘no’ votes!  It is now in the Senate Rules Committee.

The Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty held their annual lobby day in Olympia, just as the death penalty repeal bill (SB 6052) was heard and passed out of the Senate Committee on Law & Justice. It is now in Senate Rules. The first person to be exonerated by use of DNA evidence was in Olympia that day as well, meeting with legislators. FAN also helped set up an event with him at Emanuel Apostolic Church in Bremerton, where he spoke about the importance of abolishing the death penalty.

Friday: The Senate version of the Voting Rights Act (SB 6002) was heard in the House Committee on State Government, and should be voted on by end of this week. In addition, SB 6406 Chase, which would repeal an anti-affirmative action initiative from many years ago, was heard in the Senate Committee on State Government. FAN advocate Steve Clagett testified in support.

Looking Ahead to Week Four

Monday: FAN will be part of the testifying team on de-criminalizing Driving While License Suspended to a civil penalty (HB 2481 / SB 6189).

Tuesday: Members of FAN’s Interfaith Leadership Council will have their annual meeting with the Governor, covering five issues/bills in 30 minutes: TANF funding, housing, environment, racial justice, and criminal justice.

Thursday: Housing and Homelessness Advocacy Day, put on by the Washington Low-Income Housing Alliance.

Friday: This is the policy committee cutoff day, meaning any bills that have not yet been voted out of their policy committees are considered dead for this session.

Take Action Now

  1. Pass the Document Recording Fee bill (HB 1570 Macri), which is now in the House Rules Committee. Click here to learn more about the issue. Click here to ask your Representatives to support bringing this to the House floor for a vote! Your advocacy is especially helpful if one of your representatives is on the House Rules Committee.
  2. Breakfast After the Bell (HB 1508 Stonier) is in the Senate Rules Committee. Ask your Senator to support bringing this to the floor for final passage–the last stop before going to the Governor’s desk! Your advocacy is especially helpful if your Senator is on the Senate Rules Committee. Click here to learn more about the bill.
  3. Equal Pay Act: Our partners at Washington Work and Family Coalition alerted us today that the Equal Pay bill is in danger of stalling in the Senate again. Please consider taking action today to ask your Representatives and Senator to pass the Washington Equal Pay and Opportunity Act without watering it down. Click here to send a letter to your elected officials.

To contact your legislators, use the email formula [email protected], or use the Legislative Hotline: 1-800-562-6000 between 8 AM and 7 PM, Monday through Friday. To find out who your legislators are, click here.