|Ann Murphy, President||February 25, 2019 Vol. 51, Issue 7|
Empowering Voters. Defending Democracy.
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This Week's Alerts!
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League Opposes Memorial to Ask US Congress to call limited Convention
League believes that SJM 8002, asking Congress to call a limited convention, authorized under Article V of the United States Constitution, for the purpose of proposing a free and fair elections amendment to that Constitution, is far too risky for our democracy due to a lack of safeguards against unintended circumstances.
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Oppose State Management of City Tolls
SB 5104 would prohibit any local governments from imposing a vehicle toll. League believe that the State should not prohibit a local jurisdiction from managing its traffic as it sees fit, and that congestion tolls will provide incentives for increased transit use.
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Status and Actions Needed for Other Legislative Priorities
Please click on the areas of interest to you to see the status of bills that the Lobby Team is working on and what action is needed this week. The issue webpages include the Lobby Team contact information, League positions, and history of bills the League is tracking for this legislative session.
Elections, Campaign Finance, & Government Ethics: *NEW UPDATES* Improve access to the ballot, reduce the influence of special interest money, and increase transparency in government and politics.
Election Methods: *NEW UPDATES* Promote the adoption and implementation of election methods that maximize representation and citizen participation.
Election Security: *NEW UPDATES* Promote security, accuracy, auditability, and transparency in elections.
Census & Redistricting: *NEW UPDATES* Ensure the redistricting process is accessible and transparent with timeframes that enable input and strengthen results and support an accurate and complete 2020 Census.
Economic & Social Justice: *NEW UPDATES* Ensure equality of opportunity, prevent and reduce poverty and promote fair policies for all struggling to realize their human potential.
Criminal Justice: Eradicate racial bias from the criminal justice system to uphold principles of fairness and due process of law.
Healthcare, Behavioral Health, & Reproductive Rights: *NEW UPDATES* Ensure access for all residents to comprehensive, uniform and affordable physical and behavioral health care and reproductive services.
Housing & Homelessness: *NEW UPDATES* Achieve policies and funding necessary to address the homelessness crisis and assure an adequate supply of affordable housing for middle-to-low income people.
Gun Safety: *NEW UPDATES* Limit accessibility of firearms, including assault-style weapons and high capacity clips. Enact safe storage requirements for guns.
EDUCATION *NEW UPDATES* Ensure the state continues fully funding education. Support student health and safety legislation.
Climate Change: *NEW UPDATES* Reduce greenhouse gas emissions, put a price on carbon, and enact measures to promote climate resiliency.
Energy: *NEW UPDATES* Protect the Washington Energy Independence Act, increase renewable power use and promote energy conservation in building and lifestyle practices.
Forests & Rivers: *NEW UPDATES* Protect our forests from destructive wildfires and logging practices. Protect our northwest public lands and rivers systems.
Shorelines, Wetlands, & Land Use: *NEW UPDATES* Protect our Shoreline Management, Growth Management & State Environmental Policy Acts from efforts to weaken them.
Transportation: *NEW UPDATES* Achieve a balanced transportation system that is integrated, adequate and effective, prioritizes maintenance and emphasizes emissions reduction and traffic reduction strategies such as public transportation.
Water: *NEW UPDATES* Continue improving the state and local governmental programs empowered to protect the quality and quantity of our water including municipal water, groundwater, and in-stream flows.
FAIR & ADEQUATE REVENUE *NEW UPDATES* Adopt fair revenue policies to adequately fund services and functions critical to the well-being of the people of our state.
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