|Ann Murphy, President||March 10, 2019 Vol. 51, Issue 9|
Empowering Voters. Defending Democracy.
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This Week's Alerts!
If you do nothing else, here are the most important actions you can take:
Support Counting People in Their Home Districts
Support accurate representation and urge your Senator to move SB 5287 out of Rules and onto the floor to pass it. This bill adjusts prison populations from their current count in prison districts to their home districts. Avoid inaccurate representation, and the underfunding of the needs of the prisoners' home districts.
Better representation is key to a stronger democratic republic. Please click here to urge your Senator to pass this bill.
Let’s Work to Balance the Washington State Tax Structure
If it seems like every year the legislature says it lacks the financial resources to invest in programs that we value for the people of our state – they do! 2SHB 2117 provides a pathway to modernize and rebalance the Washington state tax structure.
This bill needs to move from the House Rules Committee so that it can be considered by the full House of Representatives by March 13.
Click here to send an email to your Representatives.
Require Drug Pricing Transparency
2SSB 5292 requires that the Office of Financial Management be notified within 60 days if the cost of a drug is increased. This bill is a great first step to address rising drug costs. Patients need drugs they can afford--25% percent of people report having difficulty affording medications and one out of eight people say they have rationed doses because of increased costs.
Please click here to contact the House Heath & Wellness Committee to support this bill.
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.
Elections, Campaign Finance, & Government Ethics: *NEW UPDATES* Work on Voting Rights continues.
Election Methods: *NEW UPDATES* Promote the adoption and implementation of election methods that maximize representation and citizen participation.
Election Security: *NEW UPDATES* Promote security, accuracy, auditability, and transparency in elections.
Census & Redistricting: *NEW UPDATES* Ensure the redistricting process is accessible and transparent with timeframes that enable input and strengthen results and support an accurate and complete 2020 Census.
Economic & Social Justice: Ensure equality of opportunity, prevent and reduce poverty and promote fair policies for all struggling to realize their human potential.
Criminal Justice: *NEW UPDATES* Eradicate racial bias from the criminal justice system to uphold principles of fairness and due process of law.
Healthcare, Behavioral Health, & Reproductive Rights: *NEW UPDATES* Ensure access for all residents to comprehensive, uniform and affordable physical and behavioral health care and reproductive services.
Housing & Homelessness: *NEW UPDATES* Achieve policies and funding necessary to address the homelessness crisis and assure an adequate supply of affordable housing for middle-to-low income people.
Gun Safety: *NEW UPDATES* Limit accessibility of firearms, including assault-style weapons and high capacity clips. Enact safe storage requirements for guns.
EDUCATION *NEW UPDATES* Ensure the state continues fully funding education. Support student health and safety legislation.
Climate Change: *NEW UPDATES* Reduce greenhouse gas emissions, put a price on carbon, and enact measures to promote climate resiliency.
Energy: *NEW UPDATES* Protect the Washington Energy Independence Act, increase renewable power use and promote energy conservation in building and lifestyle practices.
Forests & Rivers: *NEW UPDATES* Protect our forests from destructive wildfires and logging practices. Protect our northwest public lands and rivers systems.
Shorelines, Wetlands, & Land Use: *NEW UPDATES* Protect our Shoreline Management, Growth Management & State Environmental Policy Acts from efforts to weaken them.
Transportation: *NEW UPDATES* Achieve a balanced transportation system that is integrated, adequate and effective, prioritizes maintenance and emphasizes emissions reduction and traffic reduction strategies such as public transportation.
Water: *NEW UPDATES* Continue improving the state and local governmental programs empowered to protect the quality and quantity of our water including municipal water, groundwater, and in-stream flows.
FAIR & ADEQUATE REVENUE *NEW UPDATES* Rebalancing the Washington State Tax Structure.
Click here for a list of Lobby Team members and contact info.
Other Sources of Information
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