|Ann Murphy, President||March 18, 2018 Vol. 50, Issue 11|
Thank you to our supporters
During this 2018 Legislative Session you all helped to mark many successes for the people of Washington. Thank you for that. Those successes the League championed are chronicled in this Legislative Newsletter and in the accompanying web pages maintained by our Issue Chairs. You will also find ways in which you can continue to be involved starting now so that we will all be ready for the 2019-2020 biennium. That session will start in a few short months. Stay tuned, we are planning some Advocacy Newsletters to keep you up to date on ways you can impact public policy throughout the year.
Thank you, Ann Murphy, LWVWA President
Big Wins for our Priority Issues!
We are excited to celebrate success on some of our top legislative priorities!
To expand opportunities to vote, promote more representative election systems, enable greater civic involvement, empower disenfranchised communities, reduce the influence of special interest money and increase transparency in politics:
To ensure equality of opportunity, prevent and reduce poverty and promote fair policies:
To ensure access for all residents to comprehensive, uniform and affordable physical and behavior health care and reproductive services:
To limit accessibility of firearms, including assault-style weapons and high capacity clips along with safe storage requirements:
To ensure the state follows through with its promise of fully funding education:
You can find more wins and updates on our Issues Pages.
Together We Built a Stronger Democracy this Year
This year was a big one for democracy and Washington state is leading the way forward! Please join us tomorrow, March 19th, for a Democracy Bill Signing & Celebration with Governor Inslee at Foster High School in Tukwila to celebrate the passage of these important bills. The LWVWA will also be celebrating the signing of the DISCLOSE Act; a significant success in campaign-finance reform and transparency. Please wear blue! If you are planning on attending, email Kathy Sakahara at firstname.lastname@example.org to let her know.
The Legislative Session is over, now what?
This will be the final newsletter for the 2018 Legislative Session. For bills we supported that didn't pass, we look forward to the opportunity to push them forward next year. You can still follow the issues on our website here and stay in touch! Remember to thank your lawmakers for supporting bills that you supported. Not sure how your Senator or Representative voted? Click here for the Legislative Roll Call to search for specific bill outcomes.
Enter the bill number and scroll to the bottom of the list for the Final Motion actions to see which legislators voted yea, nay or abstained. You can contact your legislator through the House directory, the Senate directory, or you can email them directly.
Wrap-Up for Other Legislative Priorities
Please click on the areas of interest to you to see the status of bills that the Lobby Team worked on. The issue webpages include the Lobby Team contact information, League positions, and history of bills the League is tracking for this legislative session.
Health Care: NEW The LWVWA board endorsed I-1600, the initiative that would require the establishment of a comprehensive state program to pay for health care for all Washington residents...(read more here)
Click here for a list of Lobby Team members and contact info.