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This Week's Alert!

If you do nothing else, here is the most important action you can take:


Reduce Carbon Pollution; Move to a Clean Energy Economy

2SSB 6203 is Governor Inslee's carbon tax bill for $20 per metric ton, amended to $12 per metric ton.  LWV supports this bill even though the proposed rate is probably too low to reach GHG reduction goals. LWVWA believes that global warming is a serious issue that requires immediate action and supports legislation to reduce carbon emissions by putting a price on carbon.

Click here urge your Senator to support this bill to address the effects of climate change by reducing GHG emissions while generating revenue to promote renewable energy, forest health, water quality, and assistance to impacted populations.


Protect Puget Sound by Passing the Oil Transportation Safety Bill

Increased oil transport in Washington State by tankers, trains, and pipelines, along with heavier tar sand oil, have greatly increased oil spill risks to Puget Sound. Bill generates revenue to hire additional inspectors and funds the Oil Spill Response account with an increase in the barrel tax.

Click here to urge your Senators to support and pass 2SSB 6269. 


Keep Atlantic Salmon Net Pen Aquaculture Out of Puget Sound  

Atlantic salmon spread disease and parasites such as sea lice to our native Pacific salmon, and can escape, multiply, compete with, and even eat native salmon species. EHB 2957 would phase out non-native marine finfish net pen farms, including Atlantic salmon net pens in our state waters. 

Please click here to protect our native salmon species. 


Action Alert Follow-up – Legislative Public Records – SB 6617 


Thank you to the hundreds of you who responded to last week’s Action Alert regarding SB 6617 and sent over 1500 emails to your legislators. Despite our efforts, the bill flew through both houses with veto-proof margins and is currently on the Governor’s desk. 

The bill in some ways represents a step forward for disclosure, but also has portions that raises concerns. The League is committed to working with legislators and others over the next 10 months to craft a bill that would address those concerns and reflect input from many perspectives.

If you would like to be part of that effort please click here

Read more at The Good, The Bad and the Really, Really Ugly about the passage of SB 6617.


Status and Actions Needed for Other Legislative Priorities

Please click on the areas of interest to you to see the status of bills that the Lobby Team is working on and what action is needed this week. The issue webpages include the Lobby Team contact information, League positions, and history of bills the League is tracking for this legislative session.

Priorities 

Democracy: NEW Bill exempting legislature from the Public Records Act rushes through the process like a rocket...(read more here)

Economic and Social Justice: NEW Please urge your Senator to vote in favor of the Equal Pay Act SHB 1506 and contact your Representatives to eliminate the death penalty with a yes vote on SHB 6052...(read more here)

Health Care: NEW Several bills in the Senate and House deal with opioid use disorder treatment and prevention, and drug insurance continuity of care...(read more here)

Reproductive Rights: NEW The Reproductive Parity bill, SSB 6219, is the only reproductive rights bill that is being considered in the Legislative process...(read more here)

Gun Safety: NEW Victory! February 23 the Bump Stock Ban ESB 5992, passed the House, as did SB 5553 which allows voluntary waivers of gun rights...(read more here)

Education: NEW Supplemental budgets pass in the Senate...(read more here)

Civic Education: NEW 2SHB 1896 passed the Senate Education Committee with an amendment by Senator Zeiger that removed Sec. 2 (3) - Neither school districts nor the state board of education may require students to obtain a passing grade on the course...(read more here)

Other Issues

Climate Change, Energy, & Transportation: NEW E3SHB 1144, limiting greenhouse gas passed out of committee and is currently with Senate Rules...(read more here)

Natural Resources: NEW Cooke Aquaculture extolls their benefits to Washington State, but opponents push back with data on companies’ worldwide bad environmental record at hearing on SBH 2957 on Atlantic salmon net pens...(read more here)

Fair & Adequate Revenue: Please encourage the members of the House Finance committee to pass the SB 5513 at this link...(read more here)

Click here for a list of Lobby Team members and contact info.