Lunell Haught, President
Joan Lawson, Advocacy Portfolio Director
Susan Fleming, Lobby Team Portfolio Director
January 16, 2022 Vol. 54, Issue 2
Click on the links below to learn more about bills currently being reviewed in the state legislature. You can "take action" on these most pressing bills by sending a suggested, editable email to legislators, encouraging them to vote to promote the League issue in question.
Increasing Access to the Death With Dignity Act
Faced with terminal diagnosis, Washingtonians have a right to a full range of options for care at the end-of-life, including medical-aid-in-dying.
► Ask members of the Senate Health and Long Term Care committee to schedule a public hearing now.
Redistricting Process Reform Opportunity, 1/19 at 8am
We need to let legislators know that we care about redistricting. Remotely sign in PRO to the Senate State Government Committee hearing on January 19th at 8:00am. In addition, please use this opportunity to testify in favor of comprehensive redistricting reform.
► Remotely sign in PRO to the Senate State Government Committee hearing before January 19th at 8:00am.
Visit the Current Actions page to learn how to support all actions.
Week One of the 2022 Legislative Session Was Fast and Furious!
Committee work began quickly, with hearings on the very first day for issues such as the Governor’s budget proposals. Each committee met several times during the week and held public hearings on a variety of bills. The schedule promises to be equally demanding in the week ahead.
The bills under consideration this year include those held over from 2021 as well as nearly 1000 newly introduced bills. Even at the legislature’s fast pace, they will not be able to get through all of that work, so the Lobby Team will focus on getting our priority bills heard. That said, a number of bills have moved quickly because they were initially considered in 2021 and have already been listed for floor action.
The first cutoff date is February 3. By that date, only three weeks away, bills have to have had a public hearing in the committee of origin and be voted out to the next step or they will die. The next step might be assignment to a fiscal committee or on to Rules, for a decision about whether or not the bill will move to the floor for a vote.
The grids on each issue web page give the bill status and will be updated weekly. Additionally, each issue chair will provide a narrative about the progress they are making. Please help by responding to the Action Alerts at the beginning of this newsletter. And as you read about the issues that you care most about using the links that follow, please add your voice wherever action is indicated.
If you have any questions about specific issues or specific bills, please do not hesitate to contact the issue chair for that subject at the email listed on their issue web pages.
LWVWA Legislative Issues From the 2022 Washington State Legislative Session
Click on an issue to learn more about session results on bills the League supported and "This Week's Updates" to read the issue chair's report on this past week.
Natural Resources and Climate Change
Social and Economic Policy
Other Ways to Follow the State Legislature
- Washington State Legislature website, leg.wa.gov.
- Washington State's public affairs TV network, TVW.org.