WA State Legislative Action: Attend Public Hearings & Support Important Bills on Reproductive Parity, Conversion Therapy, Social Justice, Voter Registration, and Bump Stock (Gun Trigger Modification Devices)

Show your support for these important bills in the Washington State legislature this week a few ways:

  • Comment on the bills by following the links below for each bill number
  • Attend the hearings at the Washington State Capitol
  • Use the kiosks at the state capitol to register Yay for these bills

The gun control hearing on Friday morning is especially important to attend because we expect many NRA supporters to attend.  We need to register our support for gun control.

This action is from Olympia Indivisible’s weekly Call to Action.  Be sure to go to their website for more on the actions, upcoming events and for their latest Research Report.  Also find them on Facebook.

To comment, click the bill links below for each of these bills. It’s fast, easy and IMPORTANT!

Reproductive Health Care

WHEN: 2/7/18 Wednesday  8:00 AM on ESB 5997 :
BILL: SSB 6219 Concerning health plan coverage of reproductive health care.
POSITION: Support per LWV
LOCATION:  Scheduled for public hearing in the House Committee on Health Care & Wellness at 8:00 AM (Subject to change).  

  • House Hearing Room A, John L. O’Brien Building, 604 15th Ave SW, Olympia WA 98504 
  • Parking info

COMMENTS: Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler urges passage of SSB 6219 for full access to all reproductive services for women. Pass this bill to  ensure women have the freedom and privacy to make the health care decision best for themselves and their families.

*Note: SB 5722 Restricting the practice of conversion therapy and SSB 6219 SSB 6219 Reproductive Parity both passed the Senate and will be heard in the House on Wednesday 2/7/18 O’Brien Bldg. Room A
 

Legal Financial Obligations

WHEN: 2/7/18 Wednesday on Bill E2SHB 1783
BILL E2SHB 1783 Concerning legal financial obligations.
POSITION: Support per LWV
LOCATION: Scheduled for public hearing in the Senate Committee on Law & Justice at 8:00 AM (Subject to change). 

  • Senate Hearing Rm 4  J.A. Cherberg Building, 304 15th Ave SW, Olympia WA 98504
  • Parking info

COMMENTS:  Imposing interest on legal financial obligations (LFOs) was first thought to be an incentive for offenders to pay, but instead it has been shown to be an impediment. The current 12 percent interest rate is onerous and makes the LFO debt skyrocket.

The House passed this bill concerning the reform of Legal Financial Obligations. The Senate was urged to consider the burden imposed by the courts on people who are homeless, unable to pay, or who are mentally ill and consider passage of this bill. The accrual of interest rates alone keeps people in poverty after they get out of prison. We (LWV) hope both houses will show due diligence to their communities and pass this bill.

Extending the period for voter registration

WHEN: 2/7/18 Wednesday at 8:00 AM on Bill SB 6021:
BILL: SB 6021 Extending the period for voter registration.
POSITION: Support per LWV
LOCATION: Scheduled for public hearing in the House Committee on State Government, Elections & Information Technology at 8:00 AM (Subject to change). 

  • House Hearing Room E, John L. O’Brien Building, 604 15th Ave SW, Olympia WA 98504 
  • Parking info

COMMENTS:  Same Day Voter Registration, allows a citizen to register to vote anytime before 8pm on the day of an election. The voter would complete a provisional ballot, which would not be counted until their voter registration was confirmed. SB 6021 passed the Senate on a bi-partisan vote. Please 
thank your Senator  if she/he voted for the bill. HB 2297 is currently on second reading in the House. Please let your Representatives know you strongly support this bill. 
 

Gun Control:  Concerning Bump-Fire Stocks

WHEN: 2/9/18 Friday at 8:00 AM on Bill ESB 5997:
BILL:  ESB 5997   Concerning trigger modification devices. Concerning bump-fire stocks.
POSITION: Support per LWV
LOCATION : Scheduled for public hearing in the House Committee on Judiciary at 8:00 AM (Subject to change).

  • House Hearing Room A, John L. O’Brien Building, 604 15th Ave SW, Olympia WA 98504 
  • Parking info

COMMENTS: Passed in the Senate, now on to the House.  Expect a large turnout by NRA and gun advocates.