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Lunell Haught, President
Joan Lawson, Advocacy Portfolio Director
Hayley Day, Editor
Feb. 21, 2021 Vol. 53, Issue 07
The State of Washington needs additional revenue to cover its unmet needs. The primary tax sources used now — sales and property tax — create an upside-down system, where the 20% at the bottom income level pay six times as much as the top 1%. To generate additional revenue in a fair way, Senate Bill 5096, the capital gains tax, would apply only to the top 1%, who have the means to pay and help our ability to fund education and address other financial needs. Ask your senator to support SB 5096.
Senate Bill 5038 will prohibit weapons — not just firearms — at public demonstrations on public property and on the Capitol grounds. Ask your senator to have this bill moved to the floor promptly so action can be taken in the House.
The League believes that global climate change is one of the most serious threats facing our state, nation and planet today. House Bill 1050 will reduce the usage and leakage of a class of potent greenhouse gasses, and is ready for a vote in the Washington House of Representatives. Ask your representatives to support HB 1050.
Washington has the most lax vesting law in the country. It is a loophole that allows expansion of Urban Growth Areas into farmland and natural habitat. This can lead to sprawl, and in those cases the decision might be appealed to the Growth Management Hearings Board. Ask your senator to support Senate Bill 5042.
The LWVWA supports the following League Legislative Issues in the current Washington state legislative session. Click on an issue to learn more, including current and upcoming bills affecting the issue. In this virtual legislative session, you can also testify for a bill online.
Elections | Critical actions needed to protect election workers and support Ranked-Choice Voting.
Natural Resources | Forest bills made it out of fiscal committees!
ESTABLISHING FAIR REVENUE
OTHER WAYS TO FOLLOW THE STATE LEGISLATURE