State Legislative Actions to take now

April 6, 2021 by stephenshubert

From CarbonWA – Recycling, Waste & Litter; Oversight & Accountability of Peace Officers; Duty to Intervene; HEAL Act; Agricultural Overtime; Fluorinated Gases; Salmon Recovery; Emergency Shelters and Housing; Growth Management Act Planning; Independent Investigations; GHG Emissions from public facilities; Working Families Tax Exemption; Officers’ Use of Force; Zero Emission Transportation; Low Carbon Fuel Standard. 

This looks like a lot, but you can take care of the first two by simply emailing our three reps.

1. Moving Senate bills to the House floor for a vote

There are several Senate bills that need to be moved to the House floor for a vote.

Please call or email your two Representatives and ask them to do all they can to ensure the following bills receive a vote.

You can email Debra Lekanoff at debra.lekanoff@leg.wa.gov, and Alex Ramel is at alex.ramel@leg.wa.gov.  I included all the bills in one email.

And if you’re calling and you reach voicemail, be sure to speak slowly and clearly and say each bill number.

Script: “Hello, my name is [Name] and I’m a constituent of Rep. [Name]. I’m calling to urge Rep. [Name] to do all they can to ensure the following five bills receive a floor vote. May I give you the bill numbers?”

  • SB 5022 Supporting Recycling, and Reducing Waste, Litter and Polystyrene.
  • SB 5051 Oversight and Accountability of Peace & Corrections Officers.
  • SB 5066 Officer’s Duty to Intervene if another officer uses excessive force and to report misconduct.
  • SB 5141 HEAL Act, implementing the recommendations of the environmental justice task force.
  • SB 5172 Agricultural Overtime.

2. Moving House bills to the Senate floor for a vote

There are several House bills we’ve been supporting that need to be moved to the Senate floor for a vote.

Please call or email and ask your Senator to ensure the following bills receive a vote.

You can email Liz Lovelett at liz.lovelett@leg.wa.gov.  Again, I included all the bills in one email.

And if you’re calling and you reach voicemail, be sure to speak slowly and clearly and say each bill number.

Script: “Hello, my name is [Name] and I’m a constituent of Senator [Name]. I’m calling to urge Senator [Name] to do all they can to ensure the following eight bills receive a floor vote. May I give you the bill numbers?”

  • HB 1050 Reducing Fluorinated gases.
  • HB 1117 Promoting Salmon Recovery through updates to the Growth Management Act.
  • HB 1220 Supporting Emergency Shelters & Affordable Housing through Comprehensive Planning.
  • HB 1241 Updating planning under the Growth Management Act.
  • HB 1267 Strengthening Independent Investigations of Police Use of Force.
  • HB 1280 Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions in public facilities.
  • HB 1297 Expanding and restructuring the Working Families Tax Exemption.
  • HB 1310 Permissible uses of force by law enforcement and correctional officers

3. Zero Emissions Transportation: HB 1287

This bill eases the transition to the widespread use of electric vehicles by creating a tool for forecasting and mapping electric vehicle charging infrastructure needs, requiring building code updates and requiring utilities to address the transition to electric vehicles in their resource planning.

It also includes a state goal that calls for all model year 2030 or later passenger and light-duty vehicles sold in Washington State to be electric vehicles. However this goal has been burdened by a recent amendment causing it to only go into effect once a road usage charge has been established and 75% of the vehicles on Washington roads are paying this road usage charge. We need this fixed!

HB 1287 is likely to move to the Senate floor for a vote this week. We need to ask key members of Senate Leadership to fix the amendment.

Click here to send an email to four key Senators.

If the above link did not work, please address your email to:

Majority Leader, Sen. Andy Billig (D-03) – (360) 786-7604 – andy.billig@leg.wa.gov
Floor Leader, Sen. Marko Liias (D-21) – (360) 786-7640 – Marko.Liias@leg.wa.gov
Sen. Derek Stanford (D-01) – (360) 786-7600 – derek.stanford@leg.wa.gov
Sen. Lisa Wellman (D-41) – (360) 786-7641 – lisa.wellman@leg.wa.gov

If you’re calling and you reach voicemail, be sure to speak slowly and clearly and say the bill number. And be sure to let them know if you are a constituent of their district!

Script: I’m contacting you to ask that HB 1287, Zero Emissions Transportation be amended to remove the requirement that a road usage charge must be established and 75% of the vehicles on Washington roads pay this road usage charge, before the 2030 goal that all new cars and light trucks sold are electric can go into effect. 

Then choose 1-2 additional sentences from the options below or feel free to write your own.

  • The recent amendment is overly burdensome and will prevent the goal of all new cars and light trucks sold by 2030 being electric from ever being established. 
  • The burdensome requirement of a road usage charge effectively requires the goal to be achieved before it can be established. This requirement makes the goal meaningless.
  • Road usage charges have not been established and should be considered in separate legislation.

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From The Stand (News about working people standing together in WA state) 

Washington would be the first state in the nation to bring the 40-hour work week and overtime pay to all agricultural workers, some of the nation’s lowest-paid workers, under SB 5172, which has been passed by the Senate and two House committees. But agribusiness lobbyists are hoping to amend the bill to weaken its overtime pay protections for certain farm workers. Read more.

TAKE A STAND –Please send a message to your Washington state representatives today urging them to support passage of SB 5172 — without amendments — when it comes to the floor of the House of Representatives for a vote.
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From the ACLU
Thousands of people from across our state are speaking out against police violence and brutality in solidarity with the families in our communities who have lost loved ones. The time is now. Delays cost precious lives.

Right now, there is legislation in Olympia aimed at reducing police violence and increasing public safety across the state: ESHB 1054, E2SHB 1310, and ESHB 1267. These bills ban the use of hyperaggressive tools and tactics, create a statewide standard for de-escalation, and help hold officers accountable through independent criminal investigations of police killings. They have already passed through the House, now it is time to get them passed by the Senate and off to the Governor’s desk!

Tell Olympia to support these crucial bills.

Thanks for reading and taking action,
 David Turnoy
Chair, San Juan County Democrats
360-376-4165
davidgeri@rockisland.com

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