The Legislative Session: Week Five Recap

Monday: Juvenile justice reforms bills were heard in the House Judiciary Committee. Both bills are to prevent youth from being sentenced and housed in the adult court/jail/prison system. Please urge your house members to support these bills (HB 1876 and HB 1743).

Tuesday: FAN testified against anti-labor-union/right-to-work bills. Several hundred workers turned out for the hearing in the Senate Committee on Commerce and Labor.

Wednesday: The WA Voting Rights Act (HB1800) was heard in the House Committee on State Government. FAN helped facilitate having Rev. Christopher, from Shiloh Missionary Baptist in Tacoma, testify on behalf of the Tacoma-Pierce County NAACP chapter. Urge your house members to support this act to address voter disenfranchisement, especially if your Representative is a part of the House Committee on State Government.

Thursday: Interfaith Advocacy Day had over 400 in attendance! Advocates from 37 legislative districts came and attended 121 meetings with legislators and/or their staff.  FAN advocates Lee Wimberly testified on creating a state bank in our state (a bill sponsored by Sen. Hasegawa) and Tom Ewell testified on creating an independent Ombuds office for prisoners and their family members.

Looking Ahead to Week Six

Monday: Over 20 FAN faith leaders met with Governor Inslee to discuss the Trump Travel ban, immigration issues, the use of deadly force by law enforcement, new revenue and budget issues, REAL ID/driver’s licenses, and environmental justice.

Tuesday: FAN will be testifying on immigrant protections (HB 2097) and on (HB 1987) which would make it easier for a faith community to build affordable housing on their property. We also need support for two sentencing review bills: HB 1789 is the more comprehensive bill, as it will impact more in our prison system by reviewing longer sentences beginning at 20 years. HB 1866 will review, more narrowly, those still in prison at age 50 and above.

Wednesday: There is a hearing at 8 AM on HB 1935, which would repeal the death penalty statute. Please call or email your House members and ask them: do they support repealing the death penalty in our state?

Thursday: The Legal Financial Obligations (LFO) bill HB 1783 will come up for a vote on Thursday in the House Committee on State Government. If your House member is on this committee, please ask them if they will vote for this bill.