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  • Take Action on Deadly Force and Breakfast after the Bell

    Use of Deadly Force (SB 5073) Please urge your Senator to support this well-worked bill, which is now supported by community advocates as well as the Washington Association of Prosecuting Attorneys. Click here to send a message to your State Senator.

    Breakfast After the Bell (HB 1508/SB 5696) Please urge your two State Representatives to vote for this bill, especially if they are on the House Committee on Appropriations or the Senate Committee on Ways & Means. Click here to send a message to your legislators.

  • Legislative Updates: Week 6 Highlights

    Monday – FAN had its annual meeting with the Governor. Twenty-two interfaith leaders attended with a special delegation from the Islamic Center of Olympia of parents and their children, who shared their letters of thanks with the Governor for his leadership in opposing President Trump’s travel ban executive order.

    Tuesday – FAN testified on two immigration-related bills in the House Judiciary Committee (HB 2029 and HB 2097) and then shared a KOMO interview with prime sponsor Rep. Lillian Ortiz-Self and State Human Rights Commission director Sharon Ortiz.

    Wednesday – The Death Penalty Repeal bill (HB 1935) was heard in the House Judiciary committee. Unfortunately, the bill will not come up for a vote. HB 1987 – McBride to make it easier for faith communities to build affordable housing on their property was heard in the House Committee on Community Development & Housing.

    Thursday – The Equal Justice Coalition held Civil Legal Aid Lobby Day. FAN is supporting the budget request of $12M to increase capacity for the Office of Civil Legal Aid, a state agency that does incredible work helping individuals and households stay out of poverty. FAN also testified on Keep Washington Working (SB 5689 – Wellman) in the Senate Committee on Commerce & Labor. This bill would help prevent deportations by requiring local law enforcement to not cooperate with Federal ICE agents. SB 5029 to create a no-contact order for victims of human trafficking passed out of the Senate Committee on Law & Justice.

    Friday – The Pesticide Drift Notification bill (HB 1564 – Ortiz-Self) finally got a hearing in the House Committee on Health Care. The intent of this bill is to lessen the human health impacts of pesticides, especially on farmworkers. These impacts were well-documented and described during the hearing. This bill will not come up for a vote, so advocates led by FAN colleague Erin Gonzalez with the Washington State Labor Council will be working on a budget proviso to keep elements of the bill alive.

    Looking Ahead to Week 7

    Monday – Several FAN partners and allies had their lobby days, including: Equity in Education, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, Quaker Voice, Washington Christian Leaders Coalition, and WA Community Action Network.

    Wednesday – Legal Financial Obligations, Breakfast After the Bell, and Juvenile Justice bills will be heard in the House Committee on Appropriations.

    Thursday – Solar Lobby Day will urge legislators to support HB 1048.

    Friday – Cutoff date for bills that have a fiscal impact. After this date, no more bills with fiscal impacts can be introduced for this session.

  • Connect with your Congressperson

    February 20-24 is the Presidents’ Day recess for your Congressperson, and many of them are in their home district, meeting with constituents and hosting town halls. This means that it’s an ideal time to meet with them and talk about issues important to you!

    There are a few town hall meetings and events scheduled that we already know about:

    Rep. Kilmer town halls: Wednesday, Feb 22, 5:30-7:30 PM at the Admiral Theatre (515 Pacific Ave, Bremerton), Friday, March 3, 5:30-7:00 PM at the 7th Street Theatre (313 7th St, Hoquiam), and Monday, March 6, 5:30-7 PM at the Sequim High School Auditorium (503 N Sequim Ave, Sequim).
    Rep. Jayapal is meeting with faith leaders on Wednesday, February 22.
    Rep. Smith town hall: Saturday, March 4, 10 – 11:30 AM, The Rainier Arts Center (3515 S. Alaska St, Seattle). RSVP to: 425-793-5180.

    If your Congressperson isn’t listed here, contact them and ask when they might host a town hall or have time to meet with you. Some groups are creating their own town hall events. We know advocates are gathering for a rally on Thursday, February 23, 11 AM – 1 PM at Rep. Reichert’s District Office to urge him to listen to his constituents’ concerns about repealing the Affordable Care Act, reproductive rights, and the executive order banning travel from several Muslim-majority countries. Learn more here.