WA State National Organization for Women

Legislative Alert for February 26, 2017

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

  • Friday, February 24 was the last day for bills in the house of origin to pass out of the House Fiscal committees and the Senate Ways and Means Committee. Friday marked official fiscal cut-off, the day when all bills introduced in either the House or the Senate need to have passed through both a policy and fiscal committee. Bills that have made the cut then go onto the Rules Committee, where a member of the Rules Committee will need to the select the bill and have it be brought to the floor for a full vote of the House or Senate chamber.
  • Wednesday, March 8 at 5 PM is the last day to consider (pass) bills in the house of origin.
  • Wednesday, March 29 is the day pass bills out of committee and read them into the record on the floor from opposite house, except House fiscal committees and Senate Ways & Means and Transportation committees.

“There are currently about 300 bills in in each of the House and Senate Rules Committees. Most of those bills, all except those dealing with the budget, need to be passed out of Rules and passed on the floor in the next week and a half (by 3/8) in order to survive the 2017 session. That means that there are 600 bills competing for legislators’ attention and support. This is why it is vitally important that we let members of the Rules Committees know which of these bills most urgently need their support.” [1] A member of the Rules Committee will need to select the bill and have it brought to the floor for a full vote by the House or Senate Chamber.

As bills start to move to the to the other house, focus shifts more and more to the budget. In order to ensure a healthy budget that invests in our schools, protects the most vulnerable and supports strong women and strong families, we support raising revenue. We also support measures that aim to restructure or regressive tax system that currently relies the most heavily on taxes from the least affluent. This is wrong. Call and write to your legislators and let them know that the state needs new revenue and you will stand behind legislators that vote for increasing revenue to invest in our state.

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

If you can only do one thing this week, pick one of the two bills listed below and contact your Senator or Representatives.

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 institute 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 in the Senate Rules Committee where it can be scheduled for a vote by the full House of Representatives.

Action: Contact your Senator and ask that SB 5111 be pulled from the Senate Rules Committee and brought to the floor for a vote. And request that they vote YES on SB 5111.

 

HB 1543 Concerning parental rights and responsibilities of sexual assault perpetrators and survivors.

SUPPORT
HB 1543
establishes a process where a survivor, who becomes pregnant as a result of a sexual assault and who elects to raise the child, can seek the court’s assistance in avoiding continued forced interactions with the rapist which eliminates another barrier to healing from the assault.

Status: HB 1543 has passed out of the House Rules Committee where it can be scheduled for a vote by the full House of Representatives.

Action: Contact your Representatives and ask for their support and YES vote on HB 1543 – the Rape Survivors Safety Bill.

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

Civil and Equal Rights

Use of Deadly Force

There are a number of bills that deal with the issue of deadly force. To summarize WA State NOW takes the following positions:

1) We oppose any use of deadly force legislation that does not address RCW 9A.16.040. We support funding, training, etc., but fixing the statute is the priority. We do not support stand-alone bills at this point, without knowing the statute will be fixed as well. The sequence is to fix the statute, then address the other issues.

2) Any change to RCW 9A.16.040 must remove the defacto immunity for criminal liability, replace it with an objective standard, and protect honest mistakes.

3) We oppose the hate crime bill (SB 5280). Killing a police officer already has stiff penalties, as it should.   King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg told us he was opposed to this bill because hate crimes should be limited to persons with immutable characteristics. Hate crimes are often for crimes of harassment and intimidation, such as cross burning or swastikas, as well as more violent crimes.

SB 5073 – Concerning recommendations from the joint legislative task force on the use of deadly force in community policing.

SUPPORT

SB 5074 implements the recommendations of the Joint Legislative Task Force on the use of deadly force in community policing by

  • Modifying the criminal liability standard in RCW 9A.16.040 for peace officers using deadly force by removing the defense that allows deadly force if the office did it without malice and a good faith belief that the force was justifiable. It replaces this clause with the requirement that the use of deadly force cannot be held criminally liable if a reasonable officer would have believed that the use of deadly force was necessary in light of all the facts and circumstances known to the officer at the time.
  • Requiring independent investigations of certain deadly force incidents involving peace officers.
  • Requiring the collection and reporting of data related to deadly force incidents involving peace officers.
  • Creating a program to fund procurement of less lethal weapons.
  • Expanding racial profiling laws to account for racial bias.
  • Requiring the creation of a work group to develop model policies for law enforcement agencies to establish independent civilian oversight of police accountability practices.
  • Requiring the Criminal Justice Training Commission to update basic and in-service training for peace officers and corrections officers according to specified requirements.
  • Creating the Criminal Justice Training Account.

SB 5073 was amended. It still removes the malice clause and but retains the “good faith belief” adding the definition that “good faith” is whether a reasonable peace officer, relying upon the facts and circumstances known by the officer at the time of the incident, would have used deadly force. It also requires specific funding for the purposes of this act and if specific funding is not provided by Dec 30, 2017, the entire act is null and void.

Status: SB 5073 is DEAD

SB 5280 – Making crimes and threats against persons because of their occupation as a law enforcement officer a hate crime.

OPPOSE

SB 5280 classifies any threats or crimes against a police officer as a hate crime. Killing a police officer already has stiff penalties, as it should.   King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg told us he was opposed to this bill because hate crimes should be limited to persons with immutable characteristics.  Hate crimes are often for crimes of harassment and intimidation, such as cross burning or swastikas, as well as more violent crimes.

Status: SB 5280 is in the Senate Rules Committee where it is eligible to be scheduled for a vote by the full Senate.

Action: Contact your Senators and ask them to vote NO on SB 5280.

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 DEAD.

Voting Rights Act

HB 1800 Enacting the Washington voting rights act of 2017

SUPPORT

Establishes in law that no method of election may be imposed or applied in a manner that impairs the ability of members of a protected class to have an equal opportunity to elect candidates of their choice or an equal opportunity to influence the outcome of an election as a result of the dilution or abridgment of the rights of voters who are members of a protected class. The Voting Rights Act promotes equal voting opportunities by authorizing district-based elections, requiring redistricting and new elections in certain circumstances and establishes a cause of action to redress lack of voter activity. SB 5267 is very similar to the Voting Rights Act that WA State NOW has supported for the last four years.

Status: HB 1800 is in the House Rules Committee where it can be scheduled for a vote by the full House.

Action: Contact your Representatives and request that they vote YES on HB 1800.

Women’s Suffrage Commemoration

HB 2007 Making provisions to commemorate the centennial of national women’s suffrage.

SUPPORT

HB 2007 requires the Washington women’s history consortium to:

(1) Provide leadership for a 2020 statewide commemoration of the centennial of the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution (women’s right to vote);

(2) Begin preparations for the statewide commemoration;

(3) Create and distribute a portfolio of public humanities programs to engage the citizens with important aspects of the women’s right to vote movement;

(4) Encourage private organizations and local governments to organize and participate in activities; and

(5) Administer a grant program for certain public agencies, educational institutions, and organizations to assist with the activities.

Status: HB 2007 is in the House Rules Committee where it is eligible to be scheduled for a vote by the full House.

Action: Contact your Representatives and request a YES vote on HB 2007.

Economic Supports for Low Income Individuals and Families

Family & Medical Leave Insurance

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

SUPPORT

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.

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 in the House Rules Committee where it can be scheduled for a vote by the full House of Representatives.

Action: Contact your Representatives and ask for their support for HB 1116 and to vote YES on HB 1116. If your Representative is a member of the Rules Committee, ask that they pull HB 1116 to the floor for a vote by the full House of Representatives.

WorkFirst Poverty Reduction Task Force

HB 1482 and SB 5440 Establishing the legislative-executive WorkFirst poverty reduction oversight task force.

SUPPORT

HB 1482 and SB 5440 create the legislative-executive WorkFirst poverty reduction oversight task force to, among other responsibilities: (1) Reduce the overall percentage of people living below two hundred percent of the federal poverty level by 2025; (2) Prevent and address adverse childhood experiences and the trauma of children who are living in poverty; and (3) Direct the department of social and health services to develop a five-year plan and a ten-year plan to address intergenerational poverty. Creates the intergenerational poverty advisory committee to assist the task force. Authorizes the department of social and health services to establish and maintain a system to track intergenerational poverty.

Status: HB 1482 is in the House Rules Committee where it can be scheduled for a vote by the full House of Representatives

SB 5440 is DEAD.

Action: Contact your Representatives and let them know that you support HB 1482 and for a YES vote on HB 1482. If your Representative is a member of the House Rules Committee request that HB 1482 be pulled from House Rules and brought to the floor for a vote.

Feminine Hygiene Products Tax Relief

HB 1265 and SB 5093 Providing tax relief to females by exempting feminine hygiene products from retail sales and use tax.

SUPPORT

HB 1265 and 5093 provide 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: HB 1265 and SB 5093 are DEAD

Child Care Training and Workforce

HB 1758 concerning the business of child care.

SUPPORT

HB 1758 requires the department of early learning to contract with a nonprofit entity that provides quality improvement services to participants in the early achievers program to develop a community-based training module for licensed child care providers. Requires the module to include a pilot program for shared services in at least one community to support high quality program implementation. Creates the child care workforce and business development work group to address improving the stability of the early learning workforce and sustaining and expanding access to high quality care. Requires the workforce training and education coordinating board, at the next update of the state comprehensive plan for workforce training and education, to specifically assess the need for early learning providers to receive support and training in the managing and running of a child care business.

Status: HB 1758 is DEAD

Work Hours for Health Care Employees

HB 1715 Addressing meal and rest breaks and mandatory overtime for certain health care employees.

SUPPORT

Addresses meals and rest periods for licensed practical nurses, registered nurses, surgical technologists, diagnostic radiologic technologists, cardiovascular invasive specialists, respiratory care practitioners, and certified nursing assistants. Prohibits an employer from:

(1) Using prescheduled on call time to fill chronic or foreseeable staff shortages; and

(2) Scheduling nonemergency procedures that would require overtime.

Status: HB 1715 is in the House Rules Committee where it is eligible to be scheduled for a vote by the full House of Representatives.

Action: Contact your Representatives let them know that you support HB 1715 and request a YES vote on HB 1715. If your Representative is a member of the House Rules Committee, ask that HB 1715 be pulled from the Rules Committee and brought to the House Floor for a vote.

Reasonable Accommodations for Pregnant Women

HB 1796- Providing reasonable accommodations in the workplace for pregnant women SUPPORT

Addresses reasonable accommodations for pregnant workers. This bill is the strongest bill for protecting pregnant workers and includes:

  • A flexible definition of “reasonable accommodation” to meet the needs of every pregnant worker; Applies to employers with 8 or more employees;
  • Does not require written certification from a health care provider, but allows an employer to request it;
  • Requires accommodations “for pregnancy” and not just pregnancy-related health conditions, so accommodations can help a pregnant employee avoid developing a separate health condition; and
  • Specifically covers the need to express breast milk.

Amended: This bill is null and void if not funded in the budget.

Status: HB 1796 is in the House Rules Committee where it is eligible to be scheduled for a vote by the full House of Representatives.

Action: Contact your Representatives let them know that you support HB 1796 and request a YES vote on HB 1796. If your Representative is a member of the House Rules Committee, ask that HB 1796 be pulled from the Rules Committee and brought to the House Floor for a vote.

Shared Parental Leave Program

SB 5479 – Establishing a shared parental leave program.

SUPPORT

Creates the Washington state parental leave sharing program to permit state employees to provide annual leave, sick leave, or personal holidays to their spouse or domestic partner who both work for the state to share leave for the purposes of child care.

Status: SB 5479 is in the Senate Rules Committee where it is eligible to be scheduled for a vote by the full House of Representatives.

Action: Contact your Senators let them know that you support SB 5479 and request a YES vote on SB 5479. If your Senator is a member of the Senate Rules Committee, ask that SB 5479 be pulled from the Rules Committee and brought to the Senate Floor for a vote.

Reproductive Rights and Health Care

Parental Notification

HB 5320 Requiring notification to parents or guardians in cases of abortion.
OPPOSE
SB 5320 begins with, “Immature minors often lack the ability to make fully informed choices that take into account both immediate and long-range consequences…”  The bill disallows health care providers from performing abortion on a women under 18 years of age, until the provider has given at least 48 hours actual notice to the parent or legal guardian of the minor. Requires doctors to report monthly the number of notices issued and/ or the number of exceptions made, the pregnant minor’s age, and the number of prior pregnancies and abortions of the pregnant minor.

Status: SB 5320 is in the Senate Rules Committee where it is eligible to be scheduled for a vote by the full Senate.

Action: Contact your Senators and tell them you do not support SB 5320 and request a NO vote should it come to the floor.

Contraceptive Health Care

HB 1234 and SB 5554 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 Rules Committee where is can be scheduled for a vote by the full House of Representatives.

SB 5554 is in the Senate Rules Committee where it can be scheduled for a vote by the full Senate.

Action: Contact your Representatives and let them know you support HB 1234 and ask for a YES vote on HB 1234

Suicide Prevention in Higher Education

HB 1379 Implementing a comprehensive approach to suicide prevention and behavioral health in higher education.
SUPPORT
HB 1379 repeals the July 2017 expiration date for the mental health and suicide prevention in higher education task force and provides a new July 2019 expiration date for the task force. Declares an intent to implement task force recommendations. Requires the department of health to: (1) In collaboration with the student achievement council, develop a statewide resource for behavioral health and suicide prevention for postsecondary institutions; and (2) Establish the components of the statewide resource by working with the task force and other entities or persons that the department and the task force deem appropriate. Creates the suicide prevention in higher education grant program to provide funding for postsecondary institutions to develop basic infrastructure and strategic plans to support behavioral health promotion and suicide prevention.

Status: HB 1379 is DEAD.

Preventive Health Care Coverage

HB 1523 Requiring health plans to cover, with no cost sharing, all preventive services required to be covered under federal law as of December 31, 2016.

SUPPORT
HB 1523 requires a health plan to provide health care coverage for the same preventive services required to be covered under: (1) 42 U.S.C. Sec. 300gg-13 (2016); and (2) Federal rules or guidance in effect on December 31, 2016, implementing 42 U.S.C. Sec. 300gg-13 (ie the Affordable Care Act).

Status: HB 1523 is in the House Rules Committee where it can be scheduled for a vote by the full House.

Action: Contact your Representatives and let them know you support HB 1523 and request that they vote YES on HB 1523 as preventive services need to remain with all health plans. If your Representative is a member of the House Rules Committee request HB 1523 be pulled from the Rules Committee and brought to the House Floor for a vote.

Assisted Living Facilities

HB 1671 Concerning assistance with activities of daily living.

SUPPORT
HB 1671 expands the definition of “activities of daily living,” for purposes of assisted living facilities requirements, to include self-care activities related to personal care.

Status: HB 1671 is in the House Rules Committee where it can be scheduled for a vote by the full House.

Action: Contact your Representatives and let them know you support HB 1671 and ask for a YES vote on HB 1671.

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.

HB 1109 was amended in the House Appropriations Committee to (1) Remove the sexually oriented live adult entertainment patron fee from the underlying bill. (2) Rename the sexually oriented business fee account as the sexual assault prevention and response account. (3) Eliminate the expiration date (June 30, 2017) for the 6.2 percent fee on most liquor licenses and permits issued by the Liquor and Cannabis Board, established by the Legislature in 2015. (4) Direct the revenue from the 6.2 percent fee to the sexual assault prevention and response account.

Status: HB 1109 is in the House Rules Committee where it is eligible to be scheduled for a vote by the full House of Representatives

Action: Contact your Representatives and let them know that you Support HB 1109 and request a YES vote on HB 1109. If your Representative is on the Rules Committee, ask that s/he pull it for a vote by the full House.

U-Visas for Immigrant Survivors

HB 1022 Enhancing crime victim participation in the criminal justice system process.
SUPPORT
HB 1022 establishes the Enhancing Victim Participation in the Criminal Legal System Act which will require law enforcement and prosecution agencies to provide immigrant victims of certain crimes—like domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking—with the certification form they need to apply for immigrant visas under the federal Violence Against Women Act. Many law enforcement and prosecution agencies in Washington State are helpful to victims in this process, but others have either delayed responding or have refused to provide them at all. Failure to act puts immigrant survivors of violence in further danger and undermines their ability to live safely and securely in the U.S

Status: HB 1022 is in the House Rules Committee where it can be scheduled for a vote by the full House.

Action: Contact your Representatives and let them know that you support HB 1022 and request a YES vote on HB 1022.

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 has passed out of the House on a unanimous vote and has been sent to the Senate Law and Justice Committee where it is eligible for a public hearing.

SB 5030 has passed out of the Senate and has been referred to the House Public Safety Committee where it is eligible for a public hearing

Action: Contact your Senators in the Senate Law and Justice Committee and let them know you support HB 1078 and request that it be scheduled for a public hearing and executive session.

Contact your Representatives on the House Public Safety Committee and let them know that you support SB 5030 and request that it be scheduled for a public hearing and executive session.

Vacating convictions of victims of trafficking

HB 1112 and SB 5272 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 and SB 5272 establish 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 Rules Committee where it can be scheduled for a vote by the full House of Representatives

SB 5272 has passed out of the Senate and is now in the House Public Safety Committee where it can be scheduled for a public hearing and executive session.

Action: Contact your Representatives ask for their support and YES vote on HB 1112. If your Representative is a member of the House Rules Committee ask that they pull it to the floor for a vote by the full House.

Contact your Representatives in the House Public Safety Committee and ask for their support and YES vote on SB 5272.

Rape Survivors Safety Bill

HB 1543 Concerning parental rights and responsibilities of sexual assault perpetrators and survivors.

SUPPORT
HB 1543 Establishes a process where a survivor, who becomes pregnant as a result of a sexual assault and who elects to raise the child, can seek the court’s assistance in avoiding continued forced interactions with the rapist which eliminates another barrier to healing from the assault.

HB 1543 was amended: The court must determine on the record whether affidavits and documents submitted for the fact-finding hearing should be sealed and whether the proceedings should be closed to the public. Closure of the proceedings must be based on good cause and consistent with Article I, section 10 of the state Constitution.

A temporary order allowing an alleged perpetrator residential time or decision-making authority may be entered if the alleged perpetrator is a presumed parent and the court find that the child would suffer irreparable harm if a temporary order is not entered. Evidence of voluntary intoxication of the alleged victim and/or alleged perpetrator must not be a basis, in itself, to conclude that the alleged victim consented to sexual activity or that the alleged perpetrator did not commit a sexual assault. If the court enters an order providing that no child support obligation may be established or collected, the court must forward a copy of the order to the Washington state support registry.

A parent who is the victim of a sexual assault where the adoptee is born as a result may indicate by affidavit or sworn testimony that he or she does not want to dispense with the consent to adoption by the parent who committed the sexual assault.

A second and inconsistent definition of “sexual assault” is removed, and a number of revisions were made to address clarity and inconsistent language.

Status: HB 1543 is in the House Rules Committee where it can be scheduled for a vote by the full House of Representatives.

Action: Contact your Representatives and ask for their support and YES vote on HB 1543. If your Representative is a member of the House Rules Committee ask that HB 1543 be pulled to the floor for a vote by the full House of Representatives

Sexual Assault Protection Orders

HB 1384 and SB 5256 Concerning sexual assault protection orders.
SUPPORT
HB 1384 and SB 5256 Address the duration and renewal of an ex parte order regarding sexual assault protection.

A Sexual Assault Protection Order (SAPO) provides an important civil protection for victims of sexual assault. They are particularly helpful when criminal charges are not, or have not yet, been filed. The order requires the perpetrator to stay away from the victim and places the victim frequents, and to have no further direct or indirect contact with the victim.  A significant problem with the current order is that it must be reissued every two years. All other protection orders for victims in Washington, including domestic violence, anti-harassment and stalking, allow for judicial discretion in the length of time a protection order is in place. SAPOs, however, are unique and there is a two-year cap on the orders. This requires victims of sexual assault to return to court every two years if they need continued protection, placing an unnecessary burden on victims and discouraging them from using a law that is designed to offer protection. HB 1384 and SB 5256 bring the SAPO in line with other protection orders in WA State.

Status: HB 1384 has passed out of the House and is now in the Senate Law and Justice Committee where it can be scheduled for a public hearing and executive session.

SB 5256 is currently in the Senate Rules Committee where it can be scheduled for a vote by the full Senate.

Action: Contact your Senators on the Senate Law and Justice Committee and let them know you support HB1384 and request a public hearing and executive session to be scheduled.

Contact your Senators and ask for a YES vote on SB 5256. If your Senator is a member of the Senate Rules Committee ask that SB 5256 be pulled from Senate Rules and brought to the Senate floor for a vote.

Budgetary & Revenue & other Governmental Procedure Bills

Capital Gains Tax

HB 1730 and 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

HB 1730 and SB 5111 institute 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: HB 1730 is DEAD.

SB 5111 is in the Senate Rules Committee where it can be scheduled for a vote by the full Senate.

Action: Contact your Senators and let them know that you support SB 5111 and request a YES vote on SB 5111 to send it on to the House of Representatives. If your Senator is a member of the Rules Committee ask that SB 5111 be pulled from Senate Rules and brought to the floor for a vote.

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 is Dead.

 

-BUDGET REQUESTS –

Increase the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) grant that will stabilize people already on the program and provide them the opportunity to get off TANF.

The ask is full restoration of the 15% that was cut in 2011 — $30m/biennium

 

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

Community Development, Housing & Tribal Affairs Committee:
Cindy Ryu (Chair), Nicole Macri (Vice Chair), Gina McCabe, Andrew Barkis, Bill Jenkin, Kristine Reeves, and David Sawyer

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, Dick 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), Nicole Macri (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

Higher Education Committee:
Drew Hansen (Chair), Gerry Pollet (Vice Chair), Jeff Holy, Louanne Van Werven, Larry Haler, Tina Orwall, Mike Sells, Melanie Stambaugh, and Gael Tarleton

Judiciary Committee
Laurie Jinkins (Chair), Christine Kilduff (Vice Chair), Jay Rodne, Dick Muri, Roger Goodman, Paul Graves, Larry Haler, Drew Hansen, Steve Kirby, Brad 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/

[1] League of Women Voters, February 26, 2017 Legislative Newsletter