In honor of Earth Day next week, FAN partnered with The Lands Council to host a Tree Planting event in Spokane on April 15. Eastern WA Regional Organizer Lauren Schubring pictured left, Sarah Marr right. See the Events & Opportunities section below for more Earth Day activities.
We are in the final weeks to pass bills that are NTIB (necessary to implement the budget). Let’s keep up the momentum and push them all the way to the Governor’s desk! Please add your own language to the email prompts:
- SB 5096 Capital Gains – Passed in the House Finance Committee on Friday. Email your Representatives to let them know why you support this important economic justice bill and ask if they do as well.
- HB 1277 Document Recording Fee – This bill will help fund affordable housing by increasing the document recording fee – It is currently awaiting Senate floor action. Email your Senator to let them know why you support this bill and ask if they do as well.
- Email Governor Inslee or call 360-902-4111 to urge him to sign the following police reform bills when they reach his desk:
- HB 1054 Prohibiting certain police tactics
- HB 1267 Establishing the Office for Independent Investigations
- HB 1310 Police use of force
- SB 5051 Decertification and licensing standards and Criminal Justice Training Commission reforms
You can also call the Legislative Hotline to advocate for these bills at 800-562-6000. To learn more about each bill, go to apps.leg.wa.gov/billinfo/ and enter the bill number or check out FAN’s Issue Fact Sheets and Bill Tracker.
There continued to be a lot of activity in remote Olympia in this next-to-last week of session:
- Concurring of bills: Bills need concurrence when an amendment(s) has been added after it left its chamber of origin. If there is not concurrence, then a bill is in dispute and goes to a conference committee. The majority of bills do get concurred, are signed by the Speaker of the House and the President of the Senate, and then move to the governor for his signature or a rare veto.
- Hearing and voting of bills designated NTIB (necessary to implement budget) For example, SB 5096 Capital Gains, HB 1277 Document Recording Fee, and SB 5476 Blake decision legislative fix (related to the state Supreme Court decision regarding drug possession – for more info click here).
- Final budget negotiations for Operating, Transportation, and Capital budgets
- Governor signing bills into law: This week, more bills from FAN’s legislative agenda were signed into law!
- HB 1016 Juneteenth paid holiday
- HB 1090 Prohibiting private detention
- HB 1342 Eliminating school lunch copay
- HB 1372 Billy Frank, Jr. statue
Looking Ahead to Week Fifteen
Week 15 will look much the same as Week 14. The last day of session to get all NTIB (necessary to implement the budget) bills voted on, concurred, and final budgets adopted is Sunday, April 25th.
Eastern WA Update
The April Eastern Washington Newsletter is out! Regional Organizer Lauren Schubring started these as an opportunity to keep advocates updated on what FAN is working on in Eastern WA, notify you of upcoming events, and share other announcements. April’s update includes a spotlight on our most recent faith community to join the FAN network – Westminster Congregational United Church of Christ, and an engagement form to gauge interest in the issues that matter most to you. Read the April Eastern WA Update here.
Sign up now for FAN’s annual Spring Summits – Sundays, May 23 and June 6, from 2-4 PM! At the Summit you can gather virtually with advocates in your region and in your issue area of interest and begin to consider what steps we might take together in the year ahead. This event is open to advocates across the state, and the content and breakouts will be the same each Sunday. Please share the flyer, post it in your newsletter, and register for one of the dates below:
Calling all volunteers! If you would like to help facilitate a breakout session during one of these events, please let us know at email@example.com.
Faith Communities Ready to Help…
The vaccines are here and hope is in the air.
To everyone calling the shots, giving the shots, or getting them…
We thank you. All of you.
The COVID-19 vaccine is finally here for everyone age 16 and older in Washington State! FAN is partnering with the WA State Department of Health and WEAREDH.COM to bring you resources and connections to help get your communities vaccinated. We believe as faith communities who care for our neighbors, we have a role to play in making sure vaccines reach and protect our family members, friends, and whole communities. As vaccinations continue to be distributed, please keep masking up and maintaining social distancing.
Each week we will highlight resources in this e-news, and we will be in touch about other activities. If you’d like to participate in this effort, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
COVID 19 vaccine information will continue to be updated at https://www.coronavirus.wa.gov. There is now a Vaccine Finder website for WA State to help you find a vaccine near you! Please share widely.
Faith Communities in Action
Western Washington’s Faith Action Climate Team (FACT) offers Faith Communities and Fossil Fuels: Information and resources to help congregations grapple with their own contributions to climate change, with a special focus on how we heat our buildings. Online resources can be found on FAN’s Advocacy Toolkit page, which includes thoughtful discernment questions; illuminating background information; practical, actionable suggestions and resources; and the opportunity to discuss meaningful carbon reduction possibilities with FACT members.
FACT is an interfaith, grassroots group in the greater Seattle area which since 2016 has leveraged the moral power of its members’ faith traditions to work for climate justice. Past activities include organizing climate conferences, testifying at hearings, sitting in prayer at a Chase bank to protest its funding of fossil fuel infrastructure projects, and helping to lead worship services that address how worshipers can reconcile their faith with the existential threat of climate change. For more information, contact Keith Ervin: email@example.com.