FAN Staff Paul and Jaspreet provided virtual testimony last week for SB 1267 Establishing the Office for Independent Investigations, and SB 5194 Community and Technical Colleges, respectively. Have you taken advantage of this virtual opportunity to support the bills you care about? Send us a screenshot so we can highlight your advocacy!
We have two opportunities to Take Action this week as we are nearing the fiscal cutoff for bills next Monday. Both of these bills are scheduled for executive session on Monday 2/22 in the Ways & Means Committee. Click here to see if your Senator is on that committee, and ask for their vote if so. Either way, email your Senator to let them know that these bills matter to you:
- SB 5194 (Sen. Liias) – This bill would provide greater access, services, and investments in community and technical colleges. Click here to email your Senator.
- SB 5399 (Sen. Randall) – This bill establishes a Universal Health Care Commission to develop a universal healthcare for all plan for WA State. Click here to email your Senator.
Monday was the last day for policy bills to be heard and passed, or they are dead for this year. Here are some of the bills that continued to make progress this week:
- HB 1356 (Rep. Lekanoff) – Prohibiting Native American mascots – Voted out of Education and now in Rules.
- SB 5051 (Sen. Pedersen) – Decertification Standards for police officers – Voted out of Ways & Means and now in Rules.
- SB 5226 (Sen. Salomon) – Driving While License Suspended – Voted out of Law & Justice and now in Rules.
- HB 1044 (Rep. Leavitt) – Postsecondary Education in Prisons – Voted out of Appropriations and now in Rules.
- HB 1372 (Rep. Lekanoff) – Billy Frank, Jr. statue – Voted out of Appropriations and now in Rules.
- SB 5096 (Sen. Robinson) – Instituting a tax on capital gains – Voted out of Ways & Means and now in Rules.
- HB 1202 (Rep. Thai) – Creates the ability to sue a police officer if bodily harm occurred – Voted out of Appropriations and now in Rules.
- HB 1203 (Rep. J. Johnson) – Creates community oversight councils for police officers – Voted out of Appropriations and now in Rules.
Bills that are scheduled for a hearing or vote on Friday 2/19:
- SB 5160 (Rep. Kuderer) – Eviction moratorium extension and tenant reforms
- SB 5141 (Sen. Saldaña) – HEAL Act for environmental justice
- SB 5194 (Sen. Liias) – Creates more equity and access in community and technical colleges
- SB 5399 (Sen. Randall) – Creates a Universal Health Care Commission
BREAKING NEWS! Bills that passed on Friday 2/19:
- In an OVERWHELMING show of bipartisan support, we saw a 28-5 vote on the Working Families Tax Credit (HB 1297 Rep. Thai) which passes it out of committee! Next stop: Rules, then House Floor Vote. Stay tuned and engaged!
- HB 1091 (Rep. Fitzgibbon) – Clean Fuels Standards
- HB 1267 (Rep. Entenman) – Creates an independent investigations agency for use of deadly force cases
- HB 1310 (Rep. J. Johnson) – Use of deadly force as a last resort
Bills that did not make it out of committee in time include:
- HB 1507 (Rep. Entenman) – Creating a Special Prosecutor – Heard in Public Safety but did not get a vote.
In the US Congress, HR 40 – the study commission on reparations for African Americans – was heard on Wednesday.
Looking Ahead to Week Seven
Monday is the fiscal cutoff – bills need to be voted out of their fiscal committees by the end of the day or they are dead for the session. From 2/23 through 3/9, the House and Senate will be on the remote floors amending, speaking to, and voting on bills that are in the Rules committees. Stay tuned for emails from FAN regarding bill updates or go to leg.wa.gov/billinfo.
FAN will be participating next week with the Balance Our Tax Code (BOTC) coalition’s WEEK OF ACTION for progressive revenue like the capital gains tax to fund #RevenueforRecovery, especially the Working Families Tax Credit. Please follow along via our Facebook and Twitter, and consider what actions you might want to join in on. If you would like to be part of FAN’s Economic Justice Work Group that focuses on these BOTC issues, email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will add you to those special alerts.
- Today/weekend — Ready to write a Letter to the Editor of your local paper? Contact us at email@example.com to let us know, or go right ahead and use this helpful LTE toolkit. Please do let us know if you are submitting as we are helping track responses.
- Monday — RSVP for BOTC’s Online event: Mon, Feb 22 at noon. RSVP here.
- Tuesday — Text Bank: Tues, Feb 23 5-7PM. Invite young people + caregivers to participate. RSVP here (details to follow).
- Wednesday — Social Media Day of Action: Wed, Feb 24: Follow FAN’s Twitter for Tweet storm, 12-1PM, and Facebook posts to share throughout the day.
- Thursday: Email Take Action Link: Thursday Feb 25. Look for an email about this from FAN on Thursday from our Economic Justice Working Group leaders—please take action that day and share it with others.
- Thursday: Phone Bank: Thurs, Feb 25 5-7PM Either volunteer yourself or organize 1-2 volunteers to phone bank for your org; sign up here or contact phone bank organizer Tucker (Invest in WA Now) with questions.
- Friday: Thank Yous to WA Legislators: Friday Feb 26. Send personal thank yous to bill sponsors and champions. Amplify social media thank you posts.
- All Week: Do you have a connection with people in your communities who will be impacted by having progressive revenue for recovery efforts, like the Working Families Tax Credit? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you do.
Join Us for Central WA Advocacy Day!
We have one more Advocacy Day this year, and we’d love for you to join! In Central WA, we will gather this Saturday, February 20, for Advocacy Day with the theme Moving Past Crisis and Into Action. Register here for a morning of legislative overview, a panel discussion on policies affecting immigrants, and breakout action groups on Poverty, Climate, Redistricting, Healthcare, and Immigration. We will emphasize collective actions we can take to move the policies forward, both locally and at the state level. Interpretation for Spanish speakers provided – please let us know if you’ve invited guests who need this service.
Meet the New Secretary of Health, Dr. Shah!
Faith leaders of all backgrounds are invited to a meeting Monday, March 1 at 2:00pm with Umair A. Shah, MD, MPH, the new Secretary of Health for the State of Washington. You will have the chance to virtually meet Dr. Shah, learn about his background, discuss vaccine distribution in WA state, COVID-related concerns faith leaders/communities may have, and engage in a discussion of the role faith leaders can play in the road ahead. Register for the link at www.tinyurl.com/MeetDrShah.