You protected immigrant families and promoted civil rights in our state:
Courts Open to All (SHB 2567, Rep. Thai) – Prohibits federal immigration agents from communicating with and arresting undocumented people at and around county courthouses.
Private Detention bills (ESHB 2576, Rep. Ortiz-Self and ESSB 6442, Sen. Saldaña) – ESHB 2576 authorizes the Dept. of Health to study the effects of private detention in our state agencies. ESSB 6442 prohibits the Dept. of Corrections from using private contractors for out of state incarceration unless it is a Governor-declared emergency.
H-2A Agricultural Labor Restriction bill (ESSB 6261, Sen. McCoy) – Removes the nonprofit exemption from farm labor contracts to protect farm workers from unsafe practices and retaliation.
WA Office of Equity (E2SHB 1783, Rep. Gregerson) – Establishes a state racial equity office within the Governor’s office, the first of its kind in the nation. Governor Inslee partially vetoed.
Swatting bill (SHB 2632, Rep. Valdez) – Designates the false reporting of crimes or emergencies (swatting) as a felony offense.
Seattle Vocational Institute (SVI) Funding Increases funding for the continuing transformation of the Seattle Vocational Institute via the Central District Public Development Authority ($1.3M)
Tribal Regalia bill (ESHB 2551, Rep. Lekanoff) – Allows Native American students to wear their tribal regalia during their graduation ceremony.
Hair discrimination bill (HB 2602, Rep. Morgan) – Establishes hairstyles as a protected civil right, especially where African Americans and people of color frequently face discrimination.