2022 Legislative Agenda

FAN’s legislative agenda is created through our advocates’ areas of interest, our coalition partners’ priorities, and the input of the FAN board and staff. We support bills that seek to make tangible changes for our communities and the environment in Washington state through the lens of racial equity. Our agenda will be updated as bill numbers and sponsors are added.

Be sure to check out our Advocacy Toolkit for tips on advocating, learn more about individual bills through our Issue Fact Sheets page, and follow the progress of bills on our Bill Tracker (updated as session gets underway).

Download a copy of the 2022 Legislative Agenda here.

Advocating for Economic Justice and Reducing Poverty

Expand free lunches to all students [HB 1878 Rep. Riccelli/SB 5798 Sen. C. Wilson] Expand the community eligibility process statewide, which would ensure that all schools eligible to use CEP are adequately funded to serve healthy, free school meals to all their students.

Create a statewide multilingual online tool [HB 1833 Rep. Berg] for school meal applications and programs for low income students.

Sustain and expand Safety Net supports such as

  • Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) [SB 5838 Sen. Nobles/HB 1947 Rep. Frame] Providing a monthly diaper subsidy for those receiving TANF.
  • Increase the Aged, Blind and Disabled (ABD) monthly cash grant from $197 to $417.
  • Make Paid Family and Medical Leave [SB 5649 Sen. Robinson] more compassionate and equitable, and easier for workers, health care providers, and employers.
  • and emergency food.

Working Families Tax Credit (WFTC) implementation [HB 1888 Rep. Thai] Budget request of $10M and expand eligibility and language access.

Tax on Excessive Wealth [HB 1406 Rep. Frame/SB 5426 Sen. Hunt] Billionaires pay their fair share with a new 1% tax on the stocks, bonds and other intangible assets over $1 billion.

Make the Estate Tax More Progressive [HB 1465 Rep. Orwall] Eliminate the estate tax for smaller estates while raising the rates for higher valued estates.

Digital Equity Act [HB 1460 Rep. Gregerson] Close the digital equity divide by increasing the accessibility and affordability of telecommunications services, devices, and training.

Communities for Our Colleges coalition racial equity reforms Create a robust aid program to provide resources for ancillary aid to students, including childcare, food, transportation, and medical care, with special emphasis on access to childcare services.

  • Make higher education more affordable for students [HB 1659 Rep. Slatter] by bridging the gap between cost and need to reduce barriers, improve opportunities, and advance economic security. Move Family Median Income from 50% to 70%.
  • Create an outreach program [HB 1835 Rep. Hansen] that targets BIPOC and low-income students
  • Improve diversity, equity, and mental health [HB 1840 Rep. Ortiz-Self] Create a commission to consider what it would take to make free community college and expand mental health access
  • Create the Washington career and college pathways innovation challenge program [SB 5789 Sen. Randall].

Reforming Our Policing and Criminal Justice Systems

Establish an Independent Prosecutions Unit [HB 1507 Rep. Entenman] to investigate and prosecute crimes involving use of deadly force by police officers.

Peace Officer Accountability [HB 1202 Rep. Thai] for persons injured as a result of police misconduct, including an award of attorney’s fees in addition to damages and injunctive and declaratory relief.

Clemency Reform [SB 5036 Sen. Dhingra] Authorize persons to petition for conditional commutation after serving 15, 20 or 25 years of total confinement depending on underlying conviction. Expand membership on the Clemency and Pardons Board (CPB) and charge them with hearing petitions for clemency and make recommendations to the Governor.

Restrict the use of solitary confinement [HB 1756 Rep. Peterson] in state correctional facilities.

Support additional bills with coalition partners, including Reforming juvenile sentencing system to make it less punitive [HB 1413, Rep. Hackney] and De-stacking sentencing enhancements [HB 1169 Rep. Goodman).

Creating Housing Opportunities and Preventing Homelessness

Housing Justice Act [HB 2017 Rep. Davis] Prohibit landlord discrimination for people with prior convictions to ensure that they can have a safe, healthy, stable home.

Fully Fund the Housing Trust Fund at $400 Million

Promoting Environmental Justice

Address Climate Change [HB 1099 Rep. Duerr] Improve the state’s climate response through updates to the state’s comprehensive planning framework. Ensure Washington cities and counties are planning for climate-resilient communities while reducing our contributions to the climate crisis.

Lorraine Loomis Act for Salmon Recovery [HB 1838 Rep. Lekanoff/SB 5727 Sen. Rolfes] Secure and invest $187 million in salmon recovery as part of the 2022 budget and set new standards for salmon habitat protection and conservation. The Governor is proposing habitat legislation as a tribute to Lorraine Loomis (Swinomish Tribe, and Chair of the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission), longtime champion for the salmon.

Renew Recycling Act [SB 5697 Sen. Das] Reduce plastic and wastes, while shifting recycling costs to manufacturers. Address packaging waste by creating a set of graduated fees on packaging manufacturers based on how readily reusable, compostable, or recyclable their products are. This bill will have the added benefit of shifting recycling costs away from consumers and onto the manufacturers.

Seeking Justice for Immigrants, Civil and Human Rights for All:

Health Equity for Immigrants Campaign Provide equal access to healthcare to all low-income Washingtonians, regardless of immigration status by creating programs that mirror existing programs and would be available to anyone regardless of their immigration status.

Provide unemployment benefits to undocumented workers [SB 5438 Sen. Saldaña] who are unemployed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and not eligible for unemployment benefits due to their immigration status.

Energy for All [HB 1490 Rep. Harris-Talley] Provide greater protections to low-income people and people with disabilities from utility disconnections. This legislation will establish access to home energy as a basic need to which all Washington residents are entitled and an essential resource that may be accessed in full dignity without uncertainty about affordability and threats of disconnection.

Support Alliance for Gun Responsibility bills (more information to come).

Support justice for indigenous communities, through bills such as HB 1725 [Rep. Lekanoff] for missing indigenous persons.

Ensuring Healthcare Access

Expand Charity Care Act [HB 1616 Rep. Simmons] Provide more equitable health care access to millions of low-income Washingtonians by making 2.2 million individuals eligible for free or reduced healthcare at hospitals or affiliated clinics, extending eligibility for discounts for those earning up to 400 percent of the federal poverty level.

Keep Our Care Act [SB 5688 Sen. Randall/HB 1809 Rep. Simmons] Ensure that future consolidations of hospitals do not perpetuate discriminatory restrictions to reproductive, end-of-life, and gender-affirming health care or exacerbate affordability barriers.

Dental Therapy [HB 1885 Rep. Cody] Implement recommendations from 2021 dental therapy task force to establish the profession of dental therapy statewide.