|Ann Murphy, President||April 14, 2019 Vol. 51, Issue 14|
Empowering Voters. Defending Democracy.
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This Week's Alerts!
If you do nothing else, here are the most important actions you can take:
Close the Opportunity Gap by Supporting I - 1000
I-1000 is a statewide initiative to the Legislature to make Affirmative Action a state law which promotes diversity, equity and inclusion in public education, public employment and public contracting for qualified women, veterans, the disabled, and people of color, without the use of quotas.
Please click here to urge your representatives to join a growing majority of Washington State voters who support Affirmative Action for women, veterans, minorities, and the disabled.
Support Counting People in Their Home Districts
Support accurate representation and urge your Representative to move 2SSB 5287 out of Rules and onto the floor to pass it. This bill adjusts prison populations from their current count in prison districts to their home districts. Avoid inaccurate representation, and the underfunding of the needs of the prisoners' home districts.
Better representation is key to a stronger democratic republic. Please click here to urge your Representatives to pass this bill.
Budget End Run Threatens Near Shore Environment
Buried in the proposed Washington state budget is a plan to spend $534,000 to “study” the use of the lawn pesticide imidacloprid to kill naturally occurring burrowing shrimp in shellfish aquaculture. Imidacloprid is an insecticide neurotoxin and instructions for use specifically warn against use in water.
We are dismayed that legislators inserted the study into the budget after HB 1611 and SB 5626 never made it out of committee. Contact your legislators now to request that this expensive and toxic study be removed from the budget.
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: Promote the adoption and implementation of election methods that maximize representation and citizen participation.
Election Security: Promote security, accuracy, auditability, and transparency in elections.
Census & Redistricting: 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: *NEW UPDATES* 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 Rebalancing the Washington State Tax Structure.
Click here for a list of Lobby Team members and contact info.
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