Initiative 940: De-Escalate Washington
This measure would require specific training for law enforcement; mandate a duty to provide first-aid; and change the standards for use of deadly force, including a “good faith” standard and requiring independent investigation. WA State NOW Recommendation: YES “Last year, Washington had the fifth highest number of deaths from police use of force in the nation.” WA State NOW supports Initiative 940 and its goal of providing our public safety officers with the training on de-escalation and mental health crisis intervention so that they know how to handle these types of crisis and keep people with mental health issues safe when intervening. It will also provide police officers first aid training and will require officers to provide first aid at the scene. Initiative 940 also creates an independent investigation process for these tragic instances where officers have killed someone in the line of duty. It removes the malice clause and defines good faith using an objective standard.
Vote YES on I-940
Initiative 1631: Clean Air Initiative
This measure would charge pollution fees on sources of greenhouse gas pollutants and use the revenue to reduce pollution, promote clean energy, and address climate impacts, under oversight of a public board. WA State NOW Recommendation: YES WA State NOW strongly supports passage of initiative 1631. Initiative 1631 places a fee on the state’s largest polluters, like the oil industry and utilities that have not switched over to clean-energy. With these funds it invests in protecting our air and water and building new clean-energy infrastructure across the state. With passage of I-1631 we can protect the health of our state’s residents, build new good paying jobs, and ensure a cleaner future for our children and grandchildren.
Vote YES on I-1631
Initiative 1634: Taxation of Groceries
This measure would prohibit new or increased local taxes, fees, or assessments on raw or processed foods or beverages (with exceptions), or ingredients thereof, unless effective by January 15, 2018, or generally applicable. WA State NOW Recommendation: NO This act is designed to prevent local communities from raising funds for public health services via taxes on sugary beverages like soda, but it would allow Seattle to keep its existing sugary beverage tax. WA State NOW opposes this initiative as it has absolutely nothing to do with keeping our groceries affordable. In fact, we already have tax prohibitions on everyday food items which promote healthy nutrition. This initiative is funded by the soft drink industry (Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Dr Pepper Snapple Group, and Red Bull) and proposes to take away local control for our communities.
Vote NO on I-1634
Initiative 1639: Safe Schools, Safe Communities
This measure would require enhanced background checks, training, and waiting periods for sales or delivery of semiautomatic assault rifles; criminalize certain storage and unauthorized use; impose age limitations; and enact other firearm-safety requirements. WA State NOW Recommendation: YES “Initiative 1639 addresses the root causes of many recent mass shooting by:
- Raising the age to purchase semi-automatic assault rifles to 21.
- Creating an enhanced background check for semi-automatic assault rifles, similar to what is required for handguns. This includes a local law enforcement check of the most up-to-date local court, criminal, and mental health records; a 10-day waiting period; and the completion of a firearm safety training course within the last five years.
- Requiring completion of a firearm safety training course within the last five years. The training would include basic safety and secure storage rules, safe handling, and an overview of state and federal firearms 1 https://www.deescalatewa.org/policy 2 http://wahealthykidscoalition.org/voters-guide/ laws.
- Creating standards for Dangerous Access Prevention. These standards hold gun owners accountable if a child or other prohibited person accesses and uses an unsecurely stored firearm to hurt themselves or someone else.”
Vote YES on I-1639