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.