Lunell Haught, President
Ann Murphy, Lobby Team Chair
|January 26, 2020 Vol. 52, Issue 3|
Empowering Voters. Defending Democracy.
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Democracy Rocks 2020!
And indeed it did – 160 advocates gathered in Olympia on January 21 for Democracy Lobby Day to speak to a variety of democracy bills supported by League of Women Voters of Washington and Fix Democracy First. LWVWA President Lunell Haught spoke of the importance of democracy issues. Various parts of the day will continue to be posted to the same link. Check back to see more of the day that was filled with presentations by bill sponsors, how to advocate tips from Nancy Sapiro and Pam Crone (LWVWA contract lobbyists), and most importantly constituent visits to some 80 of our state legislators. Our Democracy Team presented priority bills for the day.
Stay up to date on action on these bills by linking to the Making Democracy Work® pages below.
It will be a busy next two weeks as we move toward Feb 7 (the first cut-off) — the last day to read in committee reports (pass bills out of committee and read them into the record on the floor) in house of origin, except House fiscal committees and Senate Ways & Means and Transportation committees.
Rep. Mike Pellicciotti provides information on the revolving door bill and the redistricting bill.
— Ann Murphy, LWVWA Lobby Team Chair
If you do nothing else this week, these are the most important actions you can take. Responding to these alerts is a great way for you to have a big impact with a very small investment of time.
Close the Revolving Door from Legislator to Lobbyist
This year we have a real chance at passing something we’ve been working on for years: prohibiting legislators from leaving office and immediately taking a job as a lobbyist. This practice is so problematic that over 31 states and even Congress prohibit it. But Washington state is way behind. We allow someone to be a legislator one day and to come back as a lobbyist the next. Please support HB 1067 and SB 5033 by contacting your legislators here.
Bring High Capacity Magazine Bills to a Vote
Restricting High Capacity Magazines HB 2240 and SB 6077 can save lives and injuries. Please urge your legislators to move bills to the floor of the respective chambers for a vote of the entire body. Send a message here.
Are you interested in following a specific issue that the League is? Please click on your area(s) of interest to see the status of bills that a specific Issue Chair is working on and what action is needed this week. The issue web pages include the Lobby Team contact information, League positions, and history of bills the League is tracking for this Legislative session. Please realize that you do not need to follow all of these – only select your area of interest and know that there will be others selecting other areas.
Elections: *NEW UPDATES* Encourage youth voting and citizen engagement, improve access to the ballot, and get rid of advisory votes.
Census & Redistricting: *NEW UPDATES* Create a transparent, accessible, and representative process.
Campaign Finance & Government Ethics: *NEW UPDATES* Bills to close the revolving door move out of committee, need your support now.
Election Security: *NEW UPDATES* Ensure secure, accurate, transparent elections.
FIGHTING CLIMATE CHANGE & ITS EFFECTS
Climate Change: *NEW UPDATES* Reduce greenhouse gas emissions and enact measures to promote climate resiliency.
Energy: *NEW UPDATES* Advocate for clean and renewable sources.
NATURAL RESOURCES: Protect and restore:
Forests & Rivers: *NEW UPDATES* Protect our forests from wildfires and preserve as important carbon sinks. Protect our free-flowing rivers from dams, disturbance, and depletion.
Water: Protect the quality and quantity of our water supply.
ENSURING SOCIAL JUSTICE
Criminal Justice: *NEW UPDATES* Eradicate racial bias and uphold principles of fairness.
Economic Justice: *NEW UPDATES* Create equitable outcomes and opportunities for all; prevent and reduce poverty.
Education: *NEW UPDATES* Fully fund K-12 and student support services.
Gun Saftey: *NEW UPDATES* Enact sensible gun safety measures.
Housing & Homelessness: *NEW UPDATES* Ensure affordable housing for all.
Healthcare, Behavioral Health, & Reproductive Rights: *NEW UPDATES* Ensure affordable and accessible healthcare for all.
ESTABLISHING FAIR REVENUE
Revenue: *NEW UPDATES* Balanced, fair, adequate, flexible tax structure.
Transportation: *NEW UPDATES* Achieve balanced, appropriately funded, environmentally sound multi-modal transportation system.
Click here for a list of Lobby Team members and contact info.
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January 30 – Environmental Lobby Day 2020, 8:30 am-5:30 pm, Temple Beth Hatfiloh, 201 8th Ave SE, Olympia, WA, sponsored by the Environmental Priorities Coalition. Questions: firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets: www.brownpapertickets.com/event/dof/4475438.
Washington State Legislature – Agendas, schedules, and calendars for 2020 Session.