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End of Legislative Session—March 8, 2018


Now that the legislators have finished their work in Olympia, you can keep up on the end of session reporting available under the Highlights - Newly Released section of the Legislative Information Center's web page:   

Thank you to Governor Inslee for Leading the Expansion of Access to Democracy

This session has seen phenomenal progress for Democracy in Washington State, through passing the voter registration bills as well as the WA Voting Rights Act! This success may not have happened without staunch support from our Governor, however. Even before the session started Governor Inslee indicated this would be a high priority for his office and introduced the Access to Democracy package.

The League thanks Governer Inslee for his leadership and unwavering support to strengthen voter participation in Washington, and we encourage you to join us.


Speaking of Thank Yous...

A good step in building a relationship with your legislators is thanking them for supporting bills that you supported. Not sure how your Senator or Representative voted? Click here for the Legislative Roll Call to search for specific bill outcomes.

Enter the bill number and scroll to the bottom of the list for the Final Motion actions to see which legislators voted yea, nay or abstained. You can contact your legislator through the House directory, the Senate directory, or you can email them directly.


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 Major Victories for Election Bills...(read more here)

Economic and Social Justice: NEW Washington Legislators have officially passed the Equal Pay Opportunity Act, SB 5140 / HB 1506!..(read more here)

Health Care: NEW Update on bills which sucessfully passed both houses to become law...(read more here)

Reproductive Rights: NEW The Reproductive Parity bill, SSB 6219, is the only bill the League supported which passed into law...(read more here)

Gun Safety: No new update this week...(read more here)

Education: NEW Funding bills passed – is it enough?..(read more here)

Civic Education: NEW 2SHB 1896 was passed out of both houses this week and sent to the Governor's office for signing...(read more here)

Other Issues

Climate Change, Energy, & Transportation: Several bills which we have been reporting on have either failed for lack of votes; became burdened with too many amendments, or just languished in the rules committee...(read more here)

Natural Resources: NEW We celebrate the bills we supported that passed in the Legislature this session...(read more here)

Fair & Adequate Revenue: No new update this week...(read more here)

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