Week One in Review / Take Action

Posted January 12, 2018

Three highlights from week one of the 2018 State Legislative Session:

The Governor’s State of the State address: Dr. Jasmit Singh offered the opening prayer and was introduced as a member of FAN’s interfaith leader’s council. Jasmit was invited to do this by newly elected State Senator Manka Dhingra from the 45th district (Kirkland-Redmond-Duvall).

Racial Equity Team (RET) legislator meetings: FAN is a part of this 20+ member policy partner coalition, where each member has a lobbyist in Olympia and a grassroots community organizer. FAN is also a part of the executive committee that made several legislator visits this week, highlighting some of the many bills that this coalition supports.

Committee hearings this week of important bills that are on FAN’s agenda:

Looking Ahead to Week Two

Monday (Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day):

Tuesday:

  • At 10 AM, the House Committee on Community Development, Housing & Tribal Affairs will hear the bill concerning zoning regulations for faith communities (HB 1987 McBride).
  • At 10 AM, the Senate Committee on Energy, Environment & Technology will hear the carbon pricing bill (SB 6203 Carlyle).

Wednesday: 

  • The State Re-Entry Council will meet and have its annual legislative reception in the State Supreme Court building at noon. This important group advocates for successful reentry for those coming out of our state prison system. Rep. Pettigrew sponsored a bill that established this in 2016.

Take Action Now: Affordable Housing Dollars at Risk

Passage of the Capital Budget, which includes $106 million for the Housing Trust Fund to construct affordable housing for the most vulnerable members of our community, has been held up for the past year by partisan political maneuvering on a separate, unrelated issue. If the legislature doesn’t make passing the Capital Budget its first priority, we will lose millions of dollars in tax credits from the federal government. If we don’t act by January 17, projects that serve people with the lowest incomes will be delayed or stopped.

We can’t allow this to happen. With the housing crisis we are currently facing, it is unacceptable to leave any amount of money on the table. Please join our partners at the Washington Low-Income Housing Alliance in urging your legislators to do the right thing.

Click here to email your legislators to urge them to pass the Capital Budget to protect funding for affordable housing. These are our valuable investments of tax dollars, and they should not be lost because of political intransigence. To learn more about this issue, read this recent, informative Seattle Times article.

Other ways to take action today:

  1. As you wake up on Monday, January 15, Dr. King’s holiday, we urge you to email or call your House member and ask them to vote YES on HB 1506 Senn. This bill would update the existing state equal pay act to address income disparities, employer discrimination, retaliation, and unequal worker status.
  2. Urge your senator to support SB 5407 Frockt (the Source of Income Discrimination bill). It is currently in the Senate Committee on Financial Institutions & Insurance. If your Senator is on that committee, and ask them if they support this bill, and urge them to bring it up for a vote. Click here to see an information sheet about Source of Income Discrimination, and go to wliha.org for more information.

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