Top Action of the Week: Support the Reproductive Parity Act

Contact your senator on the Senate Health Care Committee and ask them to schedule a hearing on HB 1044, the Reproductive Parity Act, as soon as possible and to vote it out of committee.

 

You can contact your legislators or committee chairs by calling the Legislative Hotline at 1 800-­‐562-­‐ 6000.

 

NOTE: Friday, March 4 is the deadline for bills to be voted out of the House fiscal committees and the Senate Ways & Means and Transportation committees in the house of origin. In order for a bill to remain alive, it must pass out of the committee by this Friday.

 

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

 

Reproductive Rights

 

Reproductive Parity Act

 

HB 1044 and SB 5576, SB 5798 and SB 5009 -­‐ the Reproductive Parity Act

SUPPORT

These bills would ensure that women in WA State continue to have access to abortion coverage in the health insurance plans, as our state implements the Affordable Care Act.

 

Status: HB 1044 the House version of this bill passed the floor of the House on Friday, February 22nd by a vote of 53 yes, 42 no and two excused.

 

SB 5009, SB 5576, and SB 5798 are dead, as they did not pass out of their policy committees by Feb 22.

 

Action: Contact your senator on the Senate Health Care Committee and ask them to schedule a hearing on HB 1044, the Reproductive Parity Act, as soon as possible and to vote it out of committee.

 

Parental Notification

 

SB 5156 Abortion Notification OPPOSE

 

This bill is titled the parental notification bill; it also contains language that could criminalize all abortions by repealing RCW 9.02.100 and RCW 9.02.110. These laws are based on Initiative-­‐120, passed in 1991. “The State shall not deny or interfere with a woman’s fundamental to choose or to refuse to have an abortion.”

 

Status: This bill did not pass out of committee the February 22 deadline so it is DEAD.

 

Economic Supports for Low Income Individuals and Families Child Care

SB 5157 – Relating to Child Care

OPPOSE

 

SSB 5157 This bill reinstates the requirement to cooperate with child support enforcement prior to receiving help with child care, a requirement the legislature removed just last session due to the havoc it played with childcare enrollment. It now imposes draconian rules that would remove a provider’s license if they received a second overpayment “they should have knowingly known they should not”.

 

Status: SSB 5157 is currently on the Senate floor calendar. Action: Contact your Senator and ask them to oppose SSB 5157.

 

HB 1671 and SB 5595 -­‐ Relating to Child Care Reform SUPPORT

 

HB 1671 and SB 5595 increase the reimbursement rates paid to providers who serve low-­‐income children from the Working Connections Child Care Program. Currently our state pays 85% of the rate that centers charge privately paying families. It would also reduce the copays to the 2010 levels and provide quality incentives to child care providers. A work group would be established to review and provide suggestions for improving the payment system, co-­‐pays and licensing of childcare.

 

Status: HB 1671 is in the House Appropriations Committee

 

SB 5595 is in the Senate Ways and Means Committee.

 

Action: Contact your legislators on House Appropriations and/or Senate Ways and Means and ask them to vote HB 1671/SB 5595 out of committee before the March 1st cutoff for bills to move out of fiscal committees in their house of origin.

 

TANF – Temporary Assistance to Needy Families

 

SB 5279 – Public Assistance Benefits OPPOSE

 

SSB 5279 seeks to reform aspects about how the TANF cash grant can be used. Specifically it would not allow it to be used for the purchase of marijuana, it was supposed to exclude medical marijuana, but does not yet do so. It would not allow the use of the benefits card to purchase alcohol etc.

 

Status: SSB 5279 is currently in the Rules Committee and is eligible to be placed on the Senate Floor Calendar.

 

Action: Contact your senator and ask them to vote NO on SB 5279 if it comes to the Senate floor. HB 1342 and SB 5600– Work First “Work Activity”

 

SUPPORT

 

HB 1342 and SB 5292 would allow TANF recipients to attend a second year of college or Vocational/Technical School, thus making it much likely they can earn degrees that lead to employment. Currently, they are only allowed to participate for one year and have it count as an allowable activity and receive childcare assistance, thus few ever are able to earn their degrees.

 

Status: HB 1342 has passed out of the House Early Learning and Human Services Committee and was referred to the House Appropriations Committee.

 

SB 5600 failed to move out of its policy committee by the February 22nd deadline. So it is DEAD.

 

Action: Contact your member of the House Appropriations Committee and ask them to vote HB 1342 out of committee by the March 1st deadline.

 

HB 1734 – TANF 5 year limit exemptions.

SUPPORT

HB 1734 would add exemptions to the five year life time TANF limits for residents of counties with an unemployment rate of over 10% or more, a parent who has a temporary mental or physical incapacity, a parent who is working 20 hours or more per week in unsubsidized employment, or parent who is functionally illiterate.

 

Status: HB 1734 is currently in the House Appropriations Committee.

 

Action: Contact your member of the House Appropriations Committee and ask them to vote HB 1734 out of committee by the March 1st deadline.

 

Family Leave

 

SB 5159 – Repealing the family and medical leave insurance act

OPPOSE

SB 5159 would repeal our state’s paid family leave law, which would provide a modest weekly amount to families starting in October 2014 at the birth or adoption of a child, allowing lower income working families time to bond with their new child.

 

Status: SB 5159 is currently in the Rules Committee where it is eligible to be placed on calendar for a floor vote by the Senate

 

Action: Contact your senator and ask them to find a funding source for paid leave, and to vote NO on SB 5159.

 

SB 5292 and HB 1457 – Implementing family and medical leave insurance SUPPORT

 

SB 5292 and HB 1457 would create a paid family leave system that covers all the aspects of our state and federal UNPAID family leave law and would fund the system by a modest monthly payment, split between the employer and employee.

 

Status: SB 5292 failed to pass out of the Senate Commerce and Labor Committee.

HB 1457 has passed out of House Labor and Workforce Development Committee and is in the House

 

Finance Committee

 

Action: Contact your member of the House Finance Committee and ask them to hear and vote YES on HB 1457

 

HB 1313 and SB 5594 – Establishing minimum standards for sick and safe leave from employment

SUPPORT

 

HB 1313 requires employers with more than four full-­‐time equivalent employees to provide paid leave to employees for: (1) specified medical reasons relating to the employee’s or a family member’s health; (2) reasons permitted under existing law requiring unpaid leave for purposes related to domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking; or (3) closure of the employee’s place of business or child’s school or place of care due to specified public health emergencies.

 

Status: HB 1313 is scheduled for a public hearing in the House Appropriations Committee on Tuesday, February 26th at 1:30 PM

 

SB 5594 failed to pass out of the Senate Commerce and Labor Committee.

 

Action: Contact your member of the House Appropriations Committee and ask them to move HB 1313 out of committee prior to the March 1st cut-­‐off.

 

Child Support

 

HB 1027 – Implementing changes to the child support schedule SUPPORT

 

Every 4 years the state is required to convene a workgroup to review the state’s child support laws. HB 1027 adopts a new child support economic table that does not differentiate amounts based on a child’s age, requires the standard calculation include consideration of “children not before the court”, amends the post secondary support statute require the court to consider grants/scholarships awarded to the child and clarifies low income limitations.

 

Status: SHB 1027 is in the House Appropriations Committee where it can be voted out of committee

 

 

Action: Contact your member of the House Appropriations Committee and ask that they vote YES on SHB 1027 and pass HB 1027 out of committee by the March 1st deadline.

 

Violence Against Women

 

HB 1108 – Marital Rape

SUPPORT

HB 1108 would add marital rape in the third degree to our current marital rape statutes. Currently, this crime cannot be charged and victims may have no other criminal recourse.

 

Status: HB 1108 Rules Committee where it can be scheduled for a vote by the full House.

Action: Contact your Representatives and ask them to support HB 1108, because all victims of rape

 

deserve access to the criminal justice system.

 

SB 5175 and HB 1307– Clarifying sexual assault protection orders

 

SB 5175 and HB 1307 modify procedures governing sexual assault protection orders including permissible methods of service, the issuance and renewal of ex parte orders, and the modification or termination of orders.

 

Status: SB 5175 is the Senate Rules Committee where it is eligible to be placed on the calendar for a vote by the full Senate.

 

HB 1307 is in the House Rules Committee where it is eligible to be placed on the calendar for a vote by the full House of Representative

 

Action: contact your Senator and ask that they vote YES on SB 5175.

 

Contact your Representatives and ask them to support and vote YES on HB 1307.

 

HB 1383 – Stalking Protection Orders

SUPPORT

HB 1383 creates a stalking protection order as a remedy for victims who do not qualify for a domestic violence order of protection.

 

Status: HB 1383 has passed out of the House Judiciary Committee and is now in House Rules where it can be scheduled for a vote by the entire House.

 

Action: Contact your Representatives and ask them to support and vote YES on HB 1383.

 

Family Law

Divorce

SB 5614 –“The Family Second Chance Act”

OPPOSE

SB 5614 blames divorce for all the ills of society in it’s intent section, increases the waiting period for dissolution and requires divorcing parents to read a handbook on the impacts of divorce on children AND to receive information on reconciliation.

 

Status: Failed to pass out of the Senate Law & Justice Committee by the Feb 22nd deadline. It is DEAD.

 

Civil Rights

Voting Rights

HB 1413 –The Voting Rights Act SUPPORT

 

HB 1413 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. There are several possible remedies the court could order, the most common of which is district based, rather than district wide, voting.

 

Status: HB 1413 is currently in the Rules Committee where it can be scheduled for a vote by the full House.

 

Action: Contact your Representatives and ask them to support HB 1413 with a YES vote.

 

Gender Equality

 

SB 5077 – Gender based terms SUPPORT

 

Gender-­‐specific terms and references are made gender-­‐neutral in several RCW Titles. For example, references to his are changed to his or her and clergyman is changed to member of the clergy. Titles relating to public service are included and made gender-­‐neutral throughout. Other code sections are included, such as sections that contain public health and safety regulations, to modify specific references to man or men.

 

Status: SB 5077 has passed the Senate on Friday February 8 and is in the House Judiciary Committee where it can be scheduled for a public hearing.

 

Action: Health Care

 

HB 1085 and SB 5224 -­‐ Washington Health Security Trust

 

These bills create Washington Health Security Trust (WHST) to provide health coverage to all Washington residents (non-­‐residents are covered for emergency services and transportation only). This would be a single payer system. The bills were written to be compliant with the Affordable Care Act (PPACA), which makes WHST ready for a request to the Federal Government for use as a health care plan in Washington State in 2017.

 

Status: Both HB 1085 and SB 5224 failed to make it out of their policy committees by the February 22nd deadline. So both bills are DEAD.

 

HOUSE COMMITEES

 

Appropriations Committee:

 

Ross Hunter (Chair), Timm Ormsby (Vice-­‐Chair), Gary Alexander, Bruce Chandler, J.T. Wilcox, Vincent Buys, Reuven Carlyle, Eileen Cody, Cathy Dahlquist, Hans Dunshee, Susan Fagan, Tami Green, Kathy Haigh, Larry Haler, Paul Harris, Zach Hudgins, Sam Hunt, Laurie Jinkins, Ruth Kagi, Marcie Maxwell, Dawn Morrell, Kevin Parker, Jamie Pedersen, Eric Pettigrew, Liz Pike, Charles Ross, Joe Schmick, Larry Seaquist, Larry Springer, Pat Sullivan, and David Taylor

 

Early Learning and Human Services Committee:

 

Ruth Kagi (Chair), Roger Freeman (Vice Chair), Maureen Walsh, Elizabeth Scott, Jessyn Farrell, Roger Goodman, Drew MacEwen, Jason Overstreet, Mary Helen Roberts, David Sawyer, and Hans Zeiger

 

Government Operations and Elections Committee:

 

Sam Hunt (Chair), Sharon Wylie (Vice-­‐Chair), Vincent Buys, David Taylor, Gary Alexander, Reuven Carlyle, Joe Fitzgibbon, Dan Christiansen, Matt Manweller, Tina Orwall, and Kevin Van De Wege

 

Finance Committee:

 

Reuven Carlyle (Chair), Steve Tharinger (Vice Chair), Terry Nealey, Ed Orcutt, Cary Condotta, Joe Fitzgibbon, Drew Hansen, Kristine Lytton, Gerry Pollet, Chris Reykdal, Larry Springer, Brandon Vick, and J.T. Wilcox

 

Health and Wellness Committee:

 

Eileen Cody (Chair), Laurie Jinkins (Vice Chair), Joe Schmick, Mike Hope, Jan Angel, Judy Clibborn, Tami Green, Paul Harris, Matt Manweller, Jim Moeller, Dawn Morrell, Marcus Riccelli, Jay Rodne, Charles Ross, Shelly Short, Steve Tharanger, and Kevin Van De Wege

 

Judiciary Committee

 

Jamie Pedersen (Chair), Drew Hansen (Vice-­‐Chair), Jay Rodne, Steve O’ban, Roger Goodman, Mike Hope, Laurie Jinkins, Steve Kirby, Brad Klippert, Terry Nealey, Tina Orwall, Mary Helen Roberts, and Matt Shea

 

Labor and Workforce Committee:

 

Mike Sells (Chair), Chris Reykdal (Vice-­‐Chair), Matt Manweller, Cary Condatta, Tami Green, Jeff Holy, Jim Moeller, Timm Ormsby, & Shelly Short

 

Public Safety Committee:

 

Roger Goodman (Chair), Mary Helen Roberts (Vice Chair), Brad Klippert, Dave Hayes, Sherry Appleton, Jeff Holy, Mike Hope, Luis Moscoso, Eric Pettigrew, Charles Ross, and Dean Takko

 

SENATE COMMITTEES

 

Commerce & Labor Committee:

 

Janéa Holmquist Newbry (Chair), John Braun (Vice-­‐Chair), Steve Conway, Bob Hasegawa, Mike Hewitt, Karen Keiser, and Curtis King

 

Health Care Committee:

 

Randi Becker (Chair), Bruce Dammeier (Vice Chair), Karen Keiser, Barbara Bailey, Annette Cleveland, Doug Ericksen, David Frockt, and Linda Evans Parlette

 

Human Services and Corrections Committee:

 

Mike Carrell (Chair), Kirk Pearson (Vice Chair), Jeanne Darneille, Michael Baumgartner, James Hargrove, Nick Harper, and Mike Padden

 

Law & Justice Committee:

 

Mike Padden (Chair), Mike Carrell (Vice Chair), Adam Kline, Jeannie Darneille, Jeanne Kohl-­‐Welles, Kirk Pearson, and Pam Roach

 

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/. Also, there is a pilot bill comment project: “Pilot Project for Commenting on Bills Online”. E-­‐Comments is a feature the Legislature is testing during the 2013 Session. Once you search for a bill number you can click the button at the top of the bill history page, which allows you to send comments on that bill to the legislators who represent your district. The first time you comment you will be asked to set up an account with your e-­‐mail address and a password of your choice.