WA State National Organization for Women

Legislative Alert for January 15, 2017

 

The 2017 Legislative Session began on Monday, January 9, 2017 and is scheduled to end on April 23, 2017.

You can contact your legislators by calling the Legislative Hotline at 1 800-562-6000. You can also contact them by e-mail using this format: firstname.lastname@leg.wa.gov. If you need to look up your legislators, use the following link to find them: http://app.leg.wa.gov/DistrictFinder/

Top Action of the Week:

HB 1116 Implementing family and medical leave insurance (FMLA).

HB 1116 allows workers to care for family members with a serious health condition or to recover from their own serious health condition or to deal with the exigencies arising out of the military service of a family member. This bill requires the Employment Security Department to establish and administer a FMLA insurance program and pay family and medical leave insurance benefits.

HB 1116 is scheduled for a public hearing on Thursday, January 19 at 8 AM in the House Labor and Workplace Standards Committee.

Action: Contact your representative and members of the House Labor and Workplace Standards Committee and let them know that you SUPPORT HB 1116 and to pass it out of committee.

Whether or not you can attend the hearing – if you can only do one thing, contact your legislators and tell them that HB 1116 needs to pass out of committee. The public strongly supports a paid family and medical leave insurance program funded through payroll premiums. Also, a recent study by the University of WA estimates that a paid family leave program would reduce the use of TANF, or welfare, by new parents. See The Popular, Affordable Path for Paid Family and Medical Leave in Washington for more details.

Note: Committee members for House and Senate Committees are listed at the end of this alert.

 

Join WA State NOW and other pro-choice organizations for
Roe v. Wade 44th Anniversary: A Renewed Call to Action

Gather with fellow pro-choice champions in the legislature, legislative staff, advocates and activists to commemorate the anniversary of Roe v. Wade and to discuss the future of access to abortion and our collective work to safeguard abortion rights.

Join us!

Monday, January 23, 2017, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Waterstreet Cafe & Bar

610 Water Street SW in Olympia, WA

Sponsored by:

AAUW of Washington State, AAUW Seattle Branch, ACLU of Washington, The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, The CAIR Project, Cedar River Clinics, Gender Justice League, Legal Voice, NARAL Pro-Choice Washington, Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest and Hawaii, and Washington State National Organization for Women

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Civil and Equal Rights

Use of Deadly Force

HB 1000 and SB 5000 – Concerning the use of deadly force by law enforcement and corrections officers.

SUPPORT

HB 1000 and SB 5000 Improve the use of the deadly force statute in a manner that:

(1) Protects the sanctity of all human life, makes clear that the force used must be necessary and proportional and only be used as a last resort;

(2) Adds more specific language regarding the threat that must be present to justify the use of deadly force; and

(3) Revises language describing officer accountability for unjustified uses of deadly force.

Status: HB 1000 has been referred to the Public Safety Committee where it is eligible for a public hearing. SB 5000 has been referred to the Senate Law and Justice Committee where it is eligible for a public hearing.

Action: Contact your representatives on the House Public Safety Committee and ask them to schedule HB 1000 for a public hearing and executive session.

Contact your senators on Senate Law and Justice Committee and ask them to schedule SB5000 for a public hearing and executive session.

 

Gender Identity Discrimination

HB 1011 – Allowing the use of gender-segregated facilities

OPPOSE

HB 2589 provides that nothing in the state civil rights act:

(1) Prohibits a public or private entity from limiting access to a private facility segregated by gender to a person if the person is preoperative, nonoperative, or otherwise has genitalia of a different gender from that for which the facility is segregated; and

(2) Prevents a minor child or a person with a disability from entering a facility segregated by gender when the child or person is a different gender from the gender for which the facility is segregated if certain conditions are met.

This bill would curtail that state’s anti-discrimination law, which currently protects transgender people from discrimination in public accommodations, including bathrooms. This bill is ridiculous – “Are they going to hire bathroom police to check everyone’s genitalia before they can enter the bathroom? Otherwise, how are they going to know unless someone else peeps and, thus, becomes a perpetrator?

Status: HB 1011 has been referred to the Judiciary Committee where it is eligible for a public hearing.

Action: Contact your representatives on the Judiciary Committee and tell them you do not support HB 1011 and to not pass it out of committee.

 

Petition for Amendment to US Constitution to Limit Campaign Contributions

SJM 8001 Calling on Congress to exercise its authority under Article V of the United States Constitution to regulate money spent on elections.

SUPPORT

SJM 8001 is a petition from the state legislature to the US Congress and the US President to pass a US Constitutional Amendment to return to the US Congress and the state legislatures

  • The ability to regulate the size and timing of contributions to election campaigns, and
  • The authority to distinguish between natural persons and artificial entities created by law and prohibiting such entities from spending money to influence campaigns, and
  • To require timely public disclosure of source and amount of all contributions.

Status: SJM 8001 is scheduled for a public hearing in the Senate Committee on Government at 8:00 AM on Wednesday, January 11.  

Action: Contact your Senators on the Senate Committee on Government and ask for their support for SJM 8001.

Voting Rights Act

SB 5067 Enacting the Washington voting rights act.

SUPPORT

Establishes the Washington voting rights act to: (1) Authorize district-based elections;

(2) Require redistricting and new elections in certain circumstances; and

(3) Establish a cause of action to redress lack of voter opportunity. This bill would allow a judicial remedy in local elections (city, county, and school boards for example) where a pattern of racially polarized voting can be proven.

Status: SB 5067 is currently in the Senate State Government Committee where it is eligible for a public hearing

Action: Contact your Senator and members of the Senate State Government Committee and as that they schedule a public hearing and executive session on SB 5067 – the Washington Voting Rights Act.

 

Economic Supports for Low Income Individuals and Families

Family & Medical Leave Insurance

HB 1116 and SB 5032 Implementing family and medical leave insurance (FMLA).

HB 1116 & SB 5032 allow workers to care for family members with a serious health condition or to recover from their own serious health condition or to deal with the exigencies arising out of the military service of a family member. This bill requires the Employment Security Department to establish and administer a FMLA insurance program and pay family and medical leave insurance benefits.

The public strongly supports a paid family and medical leave insurance program funded through payroll premiums. Also, a recent study by the University of WA estimates that a paid family leave program would reduce the use of TANF, or welfare, by new parents. See The Popular, Affordable Path for Paid Family and Medical Leave in Washington for more details.

Status: HB 1116 is scheduled for a public hearing on Thursday, January 19 at 8 AM in the House Labor and Workplace Standards Committee.

SB 5032 is in the Senate Commerce, Labor, & Sports Committee where it is eligible for a public hearing.     

Action: Contact your representatives and ask for their support for HB 1116 and to pass it out of the House Labor and Workplace Standards Committee.

Feminine Hygiene Products Tax Relief

SB 5093 Providing tax relief to females by exempting feminine hygiene products from retail sales and use tax.

SB 5093 provides a sales and use tax exemption on feminine hygiene products. With this bill he legislature finds that feminine hygiene products are a necessity for most females in the state. Taxing a necessary feminine hygiene product unjustly adds an additional tax burden on females that creates a tax gap between genders, requiring females to potentially pay more of their income to state taxes. The legislature further finds that taxing feminine hygiene products adds to the regressive tax burden on low-income families. The legislature further finds that feminine hygiene products are not a discretionary purchase; they are a necessity for which there is no alternative for females to maintain proper health and hygiene.

Status: SB 5093 is in the Senate Ways and Means Committee where it is eligible for a public hearing.        

Action: Contact your senator on the Senate Ways and Means Committee ask for their support for SB 5093 and to schedule it for a public hearing.

Reproductive Rights and Health Care

Restricting funds for Abortions

HB 1002 Concerning public funds being used for elective abortions.

OPPOSE

HB 1002 restricts the use of public funds for the use of abortion unless it is determined to be medically necessary – i.e. the life of the woman seeking the abortion is in imminent danger because of a serious physical disorder, illness, or injury if the abortion is not performed.

It further prohibits the state to purchase or pay for any services distribute grants, or direct funds to any organization that provides elective abortions or is affiliated, in whole or in part, with any organization that provides elective abortions, or receives consideration from or provides consideration to, directly or indirectly, any organization that provides elective abortions (example Planned Parenthood).

It also prohibits health care insurance policies for public employees and their dependents from covering elective abortions.

Status: HB 1002 has been referred to the House Health Care and Wellness Committee.

Action: Contact your representatives and tell them you do not support HB 1002 and to not pass it out of committee.

 

Parental Notification

HB 1003 Establishing parental notification requirements for abortion.
OPPOSE
HB 1003 requires that a medical provider provide 48 hours notification to a parent or guardian of a minor or incapacitated individual before proceeding with an abortion. If the minor declines to allow her parent or guardian to be notified the minor can petition the court to recognize that she has the full capacity to authorize the abortion.

Status: HB 1003 has been referred to the House Health Care and Wellness Committee.

Action: Contact your representatives and tell them you do not support HB 1003 and to not pass it out of committee.

 

Single Payer Health Care

HB 1026 Requiring the submission of a waiver to the federal government to create the Washington health security trust.
SUPPORT
HB 1026 requires the state of WA to create the WA Health Security Trust to provide health care coverage for all residents of WA State. It requires the state to submit a waiver to the federal government to create the trust which would (a) Provide fair, simple, and accountable health financing for all WA residents using a single health care financing entity; (b) cover a comprehensive package of effective and necessary personal health services; (c) make health care coverage independent from employment; (d) eliminate excessive administrative costs resulting from the current fragmented system of multiple insurers; (e) generate savings sufficient to ensure coverage for all Washington residents; (f) integrate current publicly sponsored health programs into the health security trust; (g) preserve choice of providers for Washington residents; (h) protect patient rights; (i) keep clinical decisions in the hands of health professionals and patients, rather than administrative personnel; (j) promote health care quality; and (k) control excessive health care costs.

Status: HB 1026 has been referred to the House Health Care and Wellness Committee.

Action: Contact your representatives and tell them you support HB 1026 and ask them to schedule HB 1026 for a public hearing in the House Health Care and Wellness Committee.

 

Contraceptive Health Care

HB 1234 Addressing private health plan coverage of contraceptives.
SUPPORT
HB 1234 requires a health benefit plan that includes coverage for contraceptive drugs, to provide reimbursement for a twelve-month supply of contraceptive drugs obtained at one time by the enrollee, unless the enrollee requests a smaller supply or the prescribing provider instructs that the enrollee must receive a smaller supply.

Status: HB 1234 is in the House Health Care and Wellness Committee where is eligible for a public hearing.

Action: Contact your Representatives on the Health Care and Welnness Committee and let them know you support HB 1234 and request that they schedule a public hearing.

 

Violence Against Women

Sexual Assault Community Response Teams

HB 1109 Supporting victims of sexual assault.
SUPPORT
HB 1109 creates the Washington sexual assault initiative pilot project within the office of the attorney general to provide funding to support multidisciplinary community response teams engaged in seeking a just resolution to sexual assault cases resulting from evidence found in previously unsubmitted sexual assault kits.

Creates the joint legislative task force on sexual assault forensic examination best practices to: (1) Review best practice models for managing all aspects of sexual assault examinations; and

(2) Reduce the number of untested sexual assault examination kits that were collected.

Requires the criminal justice training commission to provide training for persons responsible for investigating sexual assault cases involving adult victims. HB 1109 also establishes fees for admission to sexually oriented live adult entertainment establishments to fund policies and programming for investigating sex crimes and supporting trafficking and sex crime victims in Washington.

Status: HB 1109 is currently in the House Public Safety Committee where it is scheduled for a public hearing on Tuesday, January 17 at 1:30 PM and for a executive session on Thursday, January 19 at 8:00 AM.

Action: Contact your representatives on the House Public Safety Committee and ask for their support and YES vote on HB 1109.

 

Trafficking statute of limitations

HB 1078 and SB 5030 Concerning Human Trafficking, Prostitution, and Commercial Sexual Abuse of a Minor.
SUPPORT
HB 1078 and SB 5030 address the statute of limitations for trafficking, commercial sexual abuse of a minor, and promoting commercial sexual abuse of a minor. This bill does the following:

  • Specifies that these crimes can be committed for anything of value (rather than a fee or other property
  • Extends the statute of limitations for the commercial sexual abuse of a minor and promoting commercial sexual abuse of a minor until the victim’s thirtieth birthday
  • Extends the statute of limitation for trafficking to 10 years after the commission of the offense

Status: HB 1078 is currently in the House Public Safety Committee where it is scheduled for a public hearing on Monday, January 16 at 1:30 PM and for a executive session on Thursday, January 19 at 8:00 AM.

SB 5030 Senate Law and Justice Committee where it is scheduled for a public hearing on Tuesday, January 17 at 10 AM

Action: Contact your representatives on the House Public Safety Committee and ask for their support and YES vote on HB 1078, and

Contact your senator on the Senate Law and Justice Committee and ask for their support and YES vote on SB 5030.

 

Vacating convictions of victims of trafficking

HB 1112 Vacating convictions arising from offenses committed as a result of being a victim of trafficking, promoting prostitution, or promoting commercial sexual abuse of a minor.
SUPPORT
HB 1112 establishes a procedure for vacating prostitution convictions when the person who committed the offense did so as a result of being a victim of trafficking, promoting prostitution in the first degree, promoting commercial sexual abuse of a minor, or trafficking in persons under the trafficking victims protection act.

Status: HB 1112 is currently in the House Public Safety Committee where it is scheduled for a public hearing on Monday, January 16 at 1:30 PM and for a executive session on Thursday, January 19 at 8:00 AM.

Action: Contact your representatives on the House Public Safety Committee and ask for their support and YES vote on HB 1112.

 

Assault weapons

SB 5050 Banning the sale of assault weapons and large capacity magazines.
SUPPORT
SB 5050 Prohibits a person, unless certain conditions are met, from manufacturing, possessing, distributing, importing, transferring, selling, offering for sale, or purchasing an assault weapon or large capacity magazine.

Status: SB 5050 is currently in the Senate Law and Justice Committee where it is eligible for a public haring.

Action: Contact your senators on the Senate Law and Justice Committee and ask SB 5050 to be scheduled for a public hearing.

 

Budgetary & Revenue & other Governmental Procedure Bills

Capital Gains Tax

SB 5111 Enacting an excise tax on capital gains to improve the fairness of Washington’s tax system and provide funding for the education legacy trust account

SUPPORT

SB 5111 institutes a capital gains tax for selling or exchanging long-term capital assets; or receiving Washington capital gains. Exempted from this are funds received from retirement accounts, sell of a principle residence, assets sold pursuant to or under imminent threat of condemnation proceedings, sale of livestock if more than 50% of the individual’s income is from farming or ranching, and some other sales associated with agriculture and timber and property used in trade or business (there are limitations based on qualifications outlined in these three areas). The purpose of this is to provide funding for the education legacy trust account.

Status: SB 5111 is currently in the Senate Ways and Means Committee where it is eligible for a public hearing.

Action: Contact your senators on the Senate Ways and Means Committee and ask the SB 5111 be scheduled for a public hearing.

 

Charter Schools

SJR 8200 Amending the Constitution to provide for a system of publicly funded schools.

OPPOSE

SJR 8200 amends the WA State Constitution to change the definition of public schools to allow public funds to be utilized for charter schools and allows the state legislature to direct the funds to schools and removes the authority of the Superintendent of Public Instruction from the supervision of all matters related to the public schools.

Status: SJR 8200 has been assigned to the Senate Early Learning and K-12 Committee.

Action: Contact your senator on the Senate Early Learning and K-12 Committee and them know that you do not support SJR 8200 as it does not allow accountability to the voters. We must fund the public schools as required by the McCleary decision now!.

 

HOUSE COMMITEES
Appropriations Committee:
Timm Ormsby (Chair), June Robinson (Vice Chair), Bruce Chandler, Drew MacEwen, Drew Stokesbary, Steve Berquist, Vincent Buys, Michelle Caldier, Eileen Cody, Cary Condatta, Joe Fitzgibbon, Larry Haler, Drew Hansen, Paul Harris, Zack Hudgins, Laurie Jinkins, Ruth Kagi, Kristine Lytton, Matt, Manweller, Terry Nealey, Eric Pettigrew, Gerry Pollet, David Sawyer, Joe Schmick, Tana Senn, Larry Springer, Derek Stanford, Pat Sullivan, David Taylor, Stever Tharinger, Brandon Vick, Mike Volz, and J.T. Wilcox

Early Learning and Human Services Committee:
Ruth Kagi (Chair), Tana Senn (Vice Chair), Tom Dent, Joyce McDonald, Noel Frame, Roger Goodman, Dan Griffey, Christine Kilduff, Brad Klippert, John Lovick, Bob McCaslin, Dik Muri, and Lillian Ortiz-Self

Finance Committee:
Kristine Lytton (Chair), Noel Frame (Vice Chair), Terry Nealey, Ed Orcutt, Cary Condotta, Laurie Dolan, Gerry Pollet, Larry Springer, Drew Stokesbary, J.T. Wilcox, and Sharon Wylie

Health Care and Wellness Committee:
Eileen Cody (Chair), NicoleMacri (Vice Chair), Joe Schmick, Paul Graves, Michelle Caldier, Judy Clibborn, Richard Debolt, Paul Harris, Laurie Jinkins, Marcus Riccelli, June Robinson, Jay Rodne, Shelly Short, Monica Juarado Stonier, and Steve Tharinger

Judiciary Committee
Laurie Jinkins (Chair), Christine Kilduff (Vice Chair), Jay Rodne, Dick Muri, Roger Goodman, Paul Graves, Larry Haler, Drew Hansen, Steve Kirby, Brd Klippert, Tina Orwall and Matt Shea

Labor and Workplace Standards Committee:
Mike Sells (Chair), Mia Gregorson (Vice-Chair), Matt Manweller, Graham Hunt, Gina McCabe, Jim Moeller, and Timm Ormsby

Public Safety Committee:
Roger Goodman (Chair), Tina Orwall (Vice Chair), Matt Manweller, Gina McCabe, Beth Doglio, Noel Frame, and Liz Pike

Rules Committee:
Frank Chopp (Chair), Dan Kristiansen, Joel Kretz, Steve Berquist, Jessyn Farrell, Mark Hargrove, Mark Harmsworth, Jeff Holy, Norm Johnson, John Koster, Vicki Kraft, John Lovick, Joan McBride, Joyce McDonald, Tina Orwall, Eric Pettigrew, Marcus Riccelli, Shelly Short, Larry Springer, Derek Stanford, Monica Juado Stonier, Pat Sullivan, Gael Taleton, J.T. Wilcox, and Sharon Wylie

State Government Committee:
Zach Hudgins (Chair), John Koster, Mike Volz, Sherry Appleton, Laurie Dolan, Morgan Irwin, Vicki Kraft, and Mike Pelliciotti

SENATE COMMITEES
Commerce, Labor & Sports Committee:
Michael Baumgartner (Chair), John Braun (Vice Chair), Steve Conway, Bob Hasegawa, Karen Keiser, Curtis King, Dino Rossi, Rebecca Saldaña, and Lynda Wilson

Early Learning and K-12 Committee:
Ann Rivers (Chair), Joe Fain (Vice Chair), Andy Billig, Mark Mullet, Christine Rolfes, Judy Warnick, and Hans Zeiger

Financial Institutions and Insurance Committee:
Jan Angel (Chair), Joe Fain (Vice Chair), Doug Ericsen, Phil Fortunato, Steve Hobbs, Patty Kuderer, and Mark Mullet

Health Care Committee:
Ann Rivers (Chair), Randi Becker (Vice Chair), Barbara Bailey, Michael Baumgartner, Annette Cleveland, Steve Conway, Joe Fain, Karen Keiser, Patty Kuderer, Mark Miloscia, Mark Mullet, Steve O’Ban, and Maureen Walsh

Human Services, Mental Health and Housing Committee:
Steve O’Ban (Chair), Mark Miloscia (Vice Chair), Reuven Carlyle, Jeannie Darneille, Sam Hunt, Mike Padden, and Maureen Walsh

Law & Justice Committee:
Mike Padden (Chair), Steve O’Ban (Vice Chair), Jeannie Darneille, David Frockt, Jamie Pedersen, and Lynda Wilson

Rules Committee:
Cyrus Habib (Chair), Barbara Bailey, Randi Becker, Andy Billig, John Braun, Maralyn Chase, Annette Cleveland, Doug Ericksen, Joe Fain, Bob Hasegawa, Jim Honeyford, Curtis King, Marko Liias, John McCoy, Mark Miloscia, Sharon Nelson, Steve O’Ban, Kirk Pearson, Ann Rivers, Mark Schoesler, and Tim Sheldon

State Government Committee:
Mark Miloscia (Chair), Sam Hunt, Patty Kuderer, Kirk Pearson, and Hans Zeiger

Ways & Means Committee:
John Braun (Chair), Sharon Brown (Vice Chair), Jim Honeyford (Vice Chair), Barbara Bailey, Randi Becker, Andy Billig, Reuven Carlyle, Steve Conway, Jeannie Darneille, Joe Fain, David Frockt, Bob Hasegawa, Jim Honeford, Karen Keiser, Mark Miloscia, Mike Padden, Jamie Pedersen, Kevin Ranker, Ann Rivers, Christine Rolfes, Dino Rossi, Mark Schoesler, Judy Warnick & Hans Zeiger

Hint: You can view bills by going to the following website and plug in the bill number for which you want to view the history and status:

http://dlr.leg.wa.gov/billsummary/

 

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