GOAL ALERT 2020-1, Legislative Update from Olympia 22 February 2020

GOAL ALERT 2020-1
Legislative Update from Olympia 22 February 2020

PUBLIC HEARING ON HB 2947 (MAGAZINE BAN)

Last night they posted a public hearing in the House Finance Committee at 8 a.m. on 25 February (Tuesday morning).

If at all possible, try and get to Olympia to speak in opposition to the bill and to the underhanded way the Democrats are manipulating the process to pass an unconstitutional bill (“The right of the individual citizen to bear arms in defense of himself, or the state, shall not be impaired… “)

If you can’t get to Olympia, burn up the telephone lines to Olympia voicing your concerns. Legislative Hotline 800-562-6000.

PUBLIC HEARINGS SCHEDULED:
25 Feb House Finance House Hearing Room “A” John L. O’Brien Bldg
8:00 a.m. HB 2947

LEGISLATIVE HOT LINE: You may reach your Representatives and Senator by calling the Legislative Hotline at 1-800-562-6000. Toll free!!! The hearing impaired may obtain TDD access at 1-800-635-9993. Also toll free!!!

1-800-562-6000 TDD 1-800-635-9993

GET THE WORD OUT: If you want to subscribe to the GOAL Post by e-mail, send a message to “[email protected]“. Please pass GOAL Post on to anyone you believe may have an interest in protecting our rights. Better yet, make a couple of copies of this message, post it on your gun club’s bulletin board, and leave copies with your local gun shop(s). PERMISSION IS HEREBY GRANTED TO DUPLICATE OR REDISTRIBUTE GOAL POST PROVIDED IT IS REPRODUCED IN ITS ENTIRETY WITHOUT TEXTUAL MODIFICATION AND CREDIT IS GIVEN TO GOAL. I can be reached at “j[email protected]” or by telephone at (425) 985-4867. Unfortunately, I am unable to mail hard copy GOAL Post to individuals. Limited numbers of hard copies MAY be available at the Second Amendment Foundation book table at WAC gun shows.

If you believe you have received this e-mail in error, please e-mail me at “[email protected]” with the words “Unsubscribe GOAL Post” in the subject line. I will remove your name immediately. Keep in mind GOAL Post is also published on several gun lists. If you received GP via a list, you must contact that list’s admin to unsubscribe.

Upcoming WAC gun show(s):
Monroe 28-29 March
Puyallup Pavilion 4-5 April

“The right of the individual citizen to bear arms in defense of himself, or the state, shall not be impaired, but nothing in this section shall be construed as authorizing individuals or corporations to organize, maintain or employ an armed body of men.”

Article 1, Section 24
Constitution of the State of Washington

Copyright 2020 Gun Owners Action League of WA

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GOAL Post 2020-7, Legislative Update from Olympia 21 February 2020

GOAL Post 2020-7
Legislative Update from Olympia 21 February 2020

HB 2947 (MAGAZINE BAN) APPEARS OUT OF NOWHERE
CALL YOUR SENATOR AND REPRESENTATIVES NOW!
CHAMBER CUT-OFF
BILLS LIVE, BILLS DIE
THANK THE HOUSE REPUBLICAN CAUCUS
20 DAYS LEFT IN SESSION
PUBLIC HEARINGS SCHEDULED
INITIATIVE 1672, 1673, 1674, 1675, 1687, 1688
VIRGINIA GUN BAN BILL DIES

MAG BAN REVIVED!

ALERT! THE DAY AFTER THE CHAMBER CUT-OFF, “GHOST” HOUSE BILL 2947 SURFACED, BANNING “LARGE CAPACITY MAGAZINES” (OVER 15 ROUNDS), WITH A BUYBACK INCLUDED, MAKING IT A FISCAL BILL NOT SUBJECT TO THE CUT-OFF. BILL IS NOW IN HOUSE FINANCE COMMITTEE. NOTE MY COMMENT BELOW ABOUT DEMOCRAT PAYBACK.

TEXT OF THE BILL: http://lawfilesext.leg.wa.gov/biennium/2019-20/Pdf/Bills/House%20Bills/2947.pdf?q=20200221133228

TIME TO CALL YOUR SENATOR AND REPRESENTATIVES AND DEMAND THEY VOTE “NO” ON THIS SKULDUGGERY. IT APPEARS ADAM SCHIFF AND CHUCK SCHUMER ARE ADVISING THE OLYMPIA DEMOCRATS.

The chamber cut-off passed Wednesday afternoon, by which point any House bills that did not pass out of the House, or Senate bills out of the Senate, are officially dead for the remainder session. (Subject to rules changes by the majority (Democrat) party. Not common, but possible.) Of the nearly three dozen gun-related bills we started the session with, only eight (8) remain in play.

The eight are House Bills 1010 (destruction of forfeited firearms), 2305 (expanded gun confiscation re: protection orders), 2467 (centralized background checks), 2555 (background checks for “other” firearms)2622 (court ordered firearm surrender), and 2623 (firearm prohibition for certain offenses). Plus Senate Bills 5454 (day care center gun free zone) and 6288 (Office of Firearm Violence Protection).

The most onerous bills died, including HB 2240/SB 6077 (magazine capacity limit) and HB 1315/SB 6294 (mandatory and intrusive CPL training).

Republican members of the House (your Representative) played a major role in killing House Bill 2240, the magazine capacity limit bill. The bill, close to the top of the Democrats’ and Governor Inslee/AG Ferguson’s wish lists for the year, was in House Rules, awaiting a pull to the floor. But a funny thing happened before it could be called out for a floor vote (vote by the full House): more than 120 amendments to the bill were filed before a final vote could be taken, thus taking up more than the remaining time before the chamber cut-off. Nearly half of the amendments were filed by Rep. Jesse Young (R-26)!

(Don’t be surprised if the majority Democrats find some way for payback.)

Twenty days remain in the 2020 regular session. It ain’t over’ til the fat lady sings, and she hasn’t even arrived at the opry house yet. Recall the old saying, “No man’s life, liberty or property are safe as long as the legislature remains in session.” Given the clear partisan divide and the bitterness the left is hanging onto (thank you, President Obama, for that sound bite), we must remain vigilant. Thomas Jefferson usually gets the credit for “Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty” but no one can find it in his writings. Doesn’t matter who said it, it’s still true.

Public hearings are scheduled on a handful of gun bills next week. On Monday, 24 February at 10 a.m., Senate Law & Justice will take public testimony on HBs 2305, 2622, 2623, 2467 and 2555. On Tuesday, 25 February at 10 a.m., House Civil Rights & Judiciary will conduct a public hearing on SB 5434.

Four “personal protection” initiatives have been filed in Olympia with the Secretary of State. They are numbered 1672, 1673, 1674 and 1675. Limited additional information is available at https://www.sos.wa.gov/elections/initiatives/initiatives.aspx?y=2020&t=p

Initiatives 1687 and 1688 (lower down the list) would prohibit taxpayer funds being used for protection of the governor, lieutenant governor and/or governor elect (take that presidential hopeful Jay Inslee and his pricey WSP bodyguard detail).

Four Democrats voted with Republicans in Virginia’s legislature earlier this week to kill the Old Dominion State’s proposed modern sporting rifle ban. I guess 20,000 gun owners on your doorstep – half of them openly armed – will get your attention! There ARE some “blue dog” Democrats left (a few here in Washington, too ).

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/virginia-assault-weapon-ban-fails-after-moderate-democrats-break-with-party-to-reject-it?fbclid=IwAR2vnQP_vYXQW9irV2xJE4f_PqjOTpSr1QWOC5f0gBUQFsc4UVzqZef2p8E

Can’t make it to Olympia? You can go to the following web site to submit your comments directly for any given bill. Just add the four-digit bill number (four numerals only, not HB or SB) right after …bill/ I can’t promise the comments will be read, but it’s YOUR opportunity to be heard. Be polite, be brief. And be firm. “Shall not be impaired” means exactly THAT!

https://app.leg.wa.gov/pbc/bill/(add four digit bill number)

BILL STATUS/GOAL POSITION:

(Bills with an asterisk are the only bills remaining alive at this point.)
*HB 1010 WSP destruction of firearms Senn (D-41) S. L&J OPPOSE
HB 1315 CPL training requirement Lovick (D-44) DEAD OPPOSE
HB 1671 Confiscation of firearms Dolan (D-22) DEAD NEUTRAL
HB 2240 Bans high capacity magazines Valdez (D-43) DEAD OPPOSE
*HB 2305 Expands firearm prohibition re: protection orders Doglio (D-22) S. L&J. OPPOSE
HB 2367 Self defense insurance Hoff (R-18) DEAD SUPPORT
*HB 2467 Centralized firearm background checks Hansen (D-23) S. L&J. NEUTRAL
*HB 2555 Background checks for “other” firearms Goodman (D-45) S. L&J OPPOSE
*HB 2622 Court order non-compliance, firearm surrender Kilduff (D-28) S. L&J OPPOSE
*HB 2623 Firearm prohibition, certain offenses Walen (D-48) S.. L&J OPPOSE
HB 2820 Firearms forfeiture/DV court order (correction) Klippert (R-8) DEAD NEUTRAL
*HB 2947 Ban high capacity magazines/buy back Valdez (D-43) H. Finance OPPOSE
HJR 4210 Pretrial detention for certain firearm offenses Wylie (D-49) DEAD OPPOSE

*SB 5434 Expands gun free zones to day cares Wilson, C (D-30) H. CR&J OPPOSE
SB 6077 Bans high capacity magazines Kuderer (D-48) DEAD OPPOSE
SB 6163 Unlawful possession BEFORE conviction Dhingra (D-45) DEAD OPPOSE
*SB 6288 Office of firearm violence prevention Dhingra (D-45) H. CR&J OPPOSE
SB 6289 Restoration of firearm rights Dhingra (D-45) DEAD OPPOSE
SB 6294 CPL training requirement Saloman (D-32) DEAD OPPOSE
SB 6402 Use of a stolen firearm Rivers (R-18) DEAD SUPPORT
SB 6406 Concerning firearms Wilson, L (R-17) DEAD SUPPORT
SB 6584 Unlawful purchase of a firearm Zeiger (R-25) DEAD SUPPORT

HB = House bill, SB = Senate bill. L&J = Law & Justice, CR&J = Civil Rights & Judiciary, PubSaf = Public Safety, HC = Health Care, H. K-12 = House Early education, Aprop = Appropriations, Fin = Finance, W&M = Ways & Means “S” before a bill number indicates Substitute (amended).

PUBLIC HEARINGS SCHEDULED:

24 Feb Senate L&J Senate Hearing Rm “4,” John A. Cherberg Bldg
9:00 a.m. HBs 2305, 2467, 2622, 2623 and 2555

25 Feb House CR&J House Hearing Rm “A,” John L. O’Brien Bldg
10:00 a.m. SB 5434

LEGISLATIVE HOT LINE: You may reach your Representatives and Senator by calling the Legislative Hotline at 1-800-562-6000. Toll free!!! The hearing impaired may obtain TDD access at 1-800-635-9993. Also toll free!!!

1-800-562-6000 TDD 1-800-635-9993

OTHER DATA: Copies of pending legislation (bills), legislative schedules and other information are available on the legislature’s web site at “www.leg.wa.gov“. Bills are available in Acrobat (.pdf) format. You may download a free version of Adobe Acrobat Reader from Adobe’s web site (http://www.adobe.com). You may also obtain hard copy bills, initiatives, etc, in the mail from the Legislative Bill Room FREE OF CHARGE by calling 1-360-786-7573. Copies of bills may also be ordered toll free by calling the Legislative Hotline at (800) 562-6000. You may also hear floor and committee hearing action live at http://www.tvw.org/ (you need “RealAudio” to do this, available free at the TVW web site).

By reading the House and Senate “bill reports” (hbr, sbr) for each bill, you can see how individual committee members voted. By reading the “roll call” for each bill, you can see how the entire House or Senate voted on any bill. The beauty of the web site is that ALL this information is available, on line, to any citizen.

GET THE WORD OUT: If you want to subscribe to the GOAL Post by e-mail, send a message to “[email protected]“. Please pass GOAL Post on to anyone you believe may have an interest in protecting our rights. Better yet, make a couple of copies of this message, post it on your gun club’s bulletin board, and leave copies with your local gun shop(s). PERMISSION IS HEREBY GRANTED TO DUPLICATE OR REDISTRIBUTE GOAL POST PROVIDED IT IS REPRODUCED IN ITS ENTIRETY WITHOUT TEXTUAL MODIFICATION AND CREDIT IS GIVEN TO GOAL. I can be reached at “[email protected]” or by telephone at (425) 985-4867. Unfortunately, I am unable to mail hard copy GOAL Post to individuals. Limited numbers of hard copies MAY be available at the Second Amendment Foundation book table at WAC gun shows.

If you believe you have received this e-mail in error, please e-mail me at “[email protected]” with the words “Unsubscribe GOAL Post” in the subject line. I will remove your name immediately. Keep in mind GOAL Post is also published on several gun lists. If you received GP via a list, you must contact that list’s admin to unsubscribe.

Upcoming WAC gun show(s):

Monroe 28-29 March
Puyallup Pavilion 4-5 April

Download GOAL-Post-2020-7 for easy printing.

“The right of the individual citizen to bear arms in defense of himself, or the state, shall not be impaired, but nothing in this section shall be construed as authorizing individuals or corporations to organize, maintain or employ an armed body of men.”

Article 1, Section 24
Constitution of the State of Washington

Copyright 2020 Gun Owners Action League of WA

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GOAL Post 2020-6, Legislative Update from Olympia 14 February 2020

GOAL Post 2020-6
Legislative Update from Olympia 14 February 2020

GOAL POST POSTED ON WEB SITES
H FISCAL COMMITTEE CUT-OFF PASSES
FOCUS ON FLOOR ACTION
BILLS PASS HOUSE, SENATE
CHAMBER CUT-OFF NEXT WEDNESDAY
LIBRARIES OMITTED FROM SB 5434 PROHIBITION
NO GUN BILL HEARINGS NEXT WEEK… MAYBE
REPEAT: SUBMIT COMMENTS ON BILLS TO OLYMPIA

Given my continuing e-mail problems, GOAL Post is being posted on the Gun Owners Action League of Washington Facebook page, and in the legislative activity drop-down link at the top of the Washington Arms Collectors home page.

The fiscal committee cut-off passed earlier this week and three bills (HBs 2467, 2555, and 2622) moved from House Appropriations to House Rules, awaiting a floor vote.

Not quite four weeks left in the session… Continue reading

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GOAL Post 2020-5, Legislative Update from Olympia 7 February 2020

GOAL Post 2020-5
Legislative Update from Olympia 7 February 2020

NEW BILLS FILED/FOLLOWED
FIRST POLICY COMMITTEE CUT-OFF
BILLS MOVE, BILLS DIE
PUBLIC HEARING SCHEDULED
REPEAT: ONLINE ACCESS FOR BILL COMMENTS
STILL NEED VOLUNTEERS

Well, they noticed you at the capitol rally! Rep. Senn (D-41) has filed a bill (HB 2925) prohibiting firearms on the Capitol Campus. This has been tried before and failed, but this year is different. They’re more afraid of citizens with guns this year than they have been in the past. On the other hand, Continue reading

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GOAL Post 2020-4 Legislative Update from Olympia, 31 January 2020

GOAL Post 2020-4
Legislative Update from Olympia 31 January 2020

ANOTHER 2019 BILL RESURRECTED
PUBLIC HEARINGS SCHEDULED
BILLS MOVE OUT OF COMMITTEE
DIRECT ACCESS FOR BILL COMMENTS
POLICY COMMITTEE CUT-OFF 7 FEBRUARY
WAC SEEKS VOLUNTEERS

SB 5434 (Wilson, C. D-30, bans guns in parks and day cares) was a 2019 bill that didn’t make it through last year. It was pulled up this week and sent straight to Senate Rules for a floor vote.

Public hearings are scheduled on several gun bills next week. Senate Law & Justice will take public testimony on 3 February at 10:00 am on SBs 6289 (Dhingra D-45, restoration of firearm rights) and 6584 (Zeiger R-25, unlawful purchase of a firearm) In House Civil Rights & Judiciary at 10:00 am on 4 February on HBs 2767 (Blake D-19, recreational shooting on public lands) and 2820 (Klippert R-8, firearms forfeiture DV court order). Also on 4 February I n House Public Safety, at 3:30 pm, HBs 2569 (Wylie D-49, pre-trial detention for certain firearm offenses) and HJR 4210

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GOAL Post 2020-3, Legislative Update from Olympia  17 January 2020

GOAL Post 2020-3
Legislative Update from Olympia                                            17 January 2020

VIRGINIA RALLY

FIRST GUN CONTROL BILL THIS SESSION PASSES HOUSE
NEW BILLS FILED
BILLS MOVE OUT OF COMMITTEE
PUBLIC HEARINGS NEXT WEEK

I was very pleased to see the turn-out at the rally in Olympia last Friday. But Monday’s turn-out in Richmond, Virginia set a record for public, overt, armed support of the Second Amendment.  VirginiaState Police say more than 22,000 participants showed up, many of them from other heavily-populated eastern seaboard state.  While no one inside the fenced “secure” area was armed, thousand of citizens on the public areas outside were, with everything from concealed carry handguns to every kind of “assault weapon” available – including one guy with a .50 caliber “sniper rifle.”  In reaction, the Virginia legislature the next day passed a “red flag” protective order bill out of committee and they are planning to repeal The Old Dominion state’s CPL reciprocity law.  The main point is that despite the hysteria generated by Governor “wet panties” Northam and the media, not a shot was fired.  One arrest – of a woman violating the “no masks” order, probably Miss Antifa.

I mentioned previously that bills that did not pass out of the legislature during last year’s session were still available for action.  Well, on Tuesday the House Rules Committee pulled HB 1010 (Senn D-41, WSP destruction of seized/forfeited firearms) and sent it to the House floor for a vote.  Yesterday, the House passed it on a pretty much straight party-line vote.  That side-steps half of the process in getting a bill passed.  It now goes to Senate Law & Justice for their action.  Keep in mind there are more than a dozen other “last year’s” bills they could do this with, avoiding public hearings until they get to the other side.  It’s basically a fast-track for bills, good or bad.  Don’t count on good (pro-gun) bills being fast-tracked!.

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GOAL Post 2020-2, Legislative Update from Olympia 17 January 2020

GOAL Post 2020-2
Legislative Update from Olympia 17 January 2020

RALLY
CUT-OFF DATES ADOPTED
NEW GUN BILLS FILED
FOUR PUBLIC HEARINGS SCHEDULED

Suppose they held a gun rights rally and everyone came? Well, almost everyone. According to the Seattle Times, about 500 gun owners showed up, much better than in previous years. But Dave Workman tells me the WSP – who has far more experience estimating crowd size than the Times – told him the number was closer to 1,000. Great going guys. Keep it up! Continue reading

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GOAL Post 2020-1 Legislative Update from Olympia 10 January 2020

GOAL Post                                                                                             2020-1
Legislative Update from Olympia                                            10 January 2020

RALLY IN OLY FRIDAY 17 JANUARY

LEGISLATURE CONVENES MONDAY, 13 JANUARY (60 DAY SESSION)

DEMOCRATS IN COMPLETE CONTROL

NEW FACES

BILLS HELD OVER FROM 2019

NEW GUN BILLS PRE-FILED

LEGISLATIVE TUTORIAL

LEGISLATIVE CALENDAR

NO GUN BILL HEARINGS NEXT WEEK

LEGISALATOR CONTACT INFORMATION

HOW TO TESTIFY AT A PUBLIC HEARING

PUBLIC HEARING VERSUS EXECUTIVE SESSION

PUBLIC HEARING ON HB 1671 FRIDAY 17 JAN

(This will be a long GOAL Post as I have to describe the environment and the processes involved for new readers.  Future issues will be shorter.  Also keep in mind that GOAL Post focuses on gun law only, we do not cover hunting issues.  The Hunters Heritage Council does that well.  I normally post GP on Friday evenings to summarize that week’s activities and provide a forecast for the next.)

First business first:  a gun rights rally will be held on the Capitol Campus next Friday, January 17th,.  It will begin at 9 a.m. and continue likely for an hour or more, with both outside and legislative speakers.  (Yes, it’s a Friday, and unlike the people bussed in to attend many liberal rallies, gunnies have to work.  Are your gun rights worth a day off?)  After the formal presentation, attendees are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the campus layout (the Capitol, or “legislative” building where floor sessions are conducted, as well as the John L. O’Brien House Office Building, the John A. Cherberg Senate Office Building, and the Irv Newhouse Senate Office Building.  This is a great opportunity to locate your two representatives’ and one senator’s office and introduce yourself to their legislative aides.  Hopefully over the coming two months they’ll become familiar with your name and maybe even your face!  WE MUST FLEX OUR MUSCLES IN OLY EARLY ON.

A public hearing will be held on HB 1671 (confiscation of forfeited firearms) in House Civil Rights & Judiciary at 1000, Friday, right after the rally.  The hearing will be held in House Hearing Room “A” in the John L. O’Brien House Office Building.  The bill makes technical corrections to existing law.

The legislature convenes on Monday, January 13th, for its “short” (60 day) session.  This is a continuation of the 66th biennium, which started in January 2019.  If their work is not completed, they can be called back by the governor for a 30-day special session.

Democrats now hold clear majorities in both the Senate and House. Democrats  chair all of the committees in both House and Senate, and have at least a one (Senate Law & Justice) to three seat (House Civil Rights & Judiciary) majority in each committee.  And while a small handful of individual Democrat legislators are pro-gun, party policy is definitely anti-gun, anti-rights.

Speaker Frank Chopp (D-43) announced his resignation from the speakership last summer, after nearly 20 years as Speaker of the House.  He is keeping his House seat, however.  The new Speaker is former Civil Rights & Judiciary committee chair Laurie Jinkins. She will assume the speakership on the 13th.  The new Civil Rights & Judiciary committee chair is Christine Kilduff (D-28).  Neither Speaker Jinkins nor Chair Kilduff are friends of gun owners.

Because this is simply “part 2” of a two-year legislative period, all bills filed and not passed in last years’ session are up for play this year, as well as new bills filed.  Most old bills will not likely be touched (especially the pro-gun bills), but any or all COULD be brought into play.  A complete list of gun bills run last year may be found at https://app.leg.wa.gov/billsbytopic/Results.aspx?year=2019&subject=FIREARMS  I am not going to put them on the Bill List below unless they receive action this time around.

In addition, since early December several new gun-related bills have been filed for action this session.  In the House, SB 2196 (Walsh R-19) would make it more difficult to have a “red flag” protection order (gun confiscation order) issued; HB2202 (Klippert R-8) exempts law enforcement officers from training requirements for modern sporting rifle (semi-automatic assault rifles) training; HB2240 (Valdez D-46) bans magazines with a capacity over ten rounds, with exceptions; HB 2241 (Peterson (D-21) bans sale, possession of assault weapons and large capacity magazines, with exceptions.  In the Senate, SB 6076 (Kuderer, D-48) bans assault weapons and large capacity magazines) and SB 6078 (Kuderer D-48) bans large capacity magazines, with exceptions, SB 6161 (Dhingra D-45) excise tax on ammunition.

It is a common practice to file duplicate versions of a bill (“companion” bills) in the House and Senate.  Each will carry it’s own House (HB) or Senate (SB) bill number.  At least one version of the bill must pass both chambers before going to the governor.

New bills and active holdover bills from 2019 are included below in the “BILL STATUS” section.  It also contains the bill’s prime sponsor, the current status of the bill (committee location) and the GOAL position on the bill.  Committee abbreviations are provided at the bottom of that section.  As this is written, there are seven new bills awaiting action, plus any recalled from last year.  All active bills will be listed in the Bill List.

For those new to legislative affairs, here’s how the process works:  When a bill is filed in the House or Senate (or both, simultaneously, called “companion bills”) it is assigned to a policy committee.  Most gun-related bills go to the Senate Law & Justice Committee in the Senate.  In the House it’s a little more complicated, as it may be sent to House Civil Rights &Judiciary or House Public Safety (most will go to Civil Rights & Judiciary).  Public hearings may be held, after which the bill may (or may not) be voted out of committee.  If the bill has a fiscal impact (usually an expenditure of more than $50,000), it must then go to Senate Ways & Means or one of a couple of House fiscal committees.  The bill then goes to the Senate or House Rules Committee, where it must be voted on to pass out to the floor for a full vote.

After a bill passes the Senate or House floor vote, it then goes over to the opposite chamber (House or Senate), where the whole process starts ove r again.  If the bill passes the second chamber in the same form it passed the first, it goes to the governor for signature (or veto or partial veto).  If changes are made in the second chamber, it goes back to the first for concurrence.  It may also go to a conference committee from both chambers to resolve differences.  The final version must pass both chambers.

The bill then goes to the Governor, who may sign it into law, veto (kill) the bill, or sign a partial veto (killing just selected section(s) of the bill).  The governor may also allow a bill to become law without his signature.  Most signed bills take effect on 1 July, although bills with an “emergency clause” (considered immediately necessary for public safety) take effect upon signature by the governor.

One of the first items of business in each session is the adoption of the session calendar, identifying dates by which bills must clear various hurdles.  Essentially, it tells you how fast the train will move – and in a short session year, that’s pretty fast.  A bill that fails to clear the policy committee or chamber floor by the designated date is generally considered dead for the year, although they may be “resurrected” by parliamentary procedure.  I’ll post the cut-off dates for the 2020 session in the next issue of GOAL Post.

The following links can be used to contact legislators:

http://www.leg.wa.gov/Senate/Senators/

http://www.leg.wa.gov/House/Representatives/

Legislative e-mail addresses are available at http://app.leg.wa.gov/MemberEmail/Default.aspx

The link contains a quick tutorial on providing testimony at public hearings on bills under consideration.  I would urge you to read it and consider visiting Olympia to let YOUR voice be heard.  http://leg.wa.gov/legislature/Pages/Testify.aspx

A few points on public testimony: keep your comments brief, typically three minutes or less; limit it to two or three main points; do not attack or insult opponent testimony or question others’ motives; it helps to have a written copy of your testimony prepared and drop off with committee staff in the event you are not called on to testify (committee chair has complete control over who is called to testify and time is limited – they are typically very even-handed).  As with letters or e-mail to your legislators, always be polite and courteous.

Public hearings are committee meetings open to the public, where the public is allowed to testify on bills, to give their views on the bill.  But all votes on bills taken by a committee are conducted in what are called “executive sessions.”  They are typically part of a public session, with a few minutes set aside to vote on bills previously heard by the committee.  Public testimony is just that, open to the public for comment.  On the other have, no public input is allowed during executive session.  You are welcome to sit there, and to count votes, but silence from the public is the rule.  Just FYI for those of you who have not attended legislative public meetings before.

At this time, no gun bills are scheduled to be heard the first week of the session.

Legislative committee schedules are posted on the legislative web site on Wednesday evenings for the coming week.. Beware, sometimes unscheduled bills pop up the night before.  Semper vigilans!

Whatever I didn’t cover here can be found at leg.wa.gov   The legislative web site is extremely helpful and easy to use (even for this 73 year old Marine!).

A public hearing will be conducted on Friday, 17 Jan at 10:00 a.m. in House Civil Rights & Judiciary on HB 1671 (confiscation of forfeited firearms).  The bill makes technical changes only.,

(FYI: I am not able to respond to individual messages.)

BILL STATUS/GOAL POSITION:

(Bill committee assignments will be made on session day 1.)

HB 1671   Confiscation of firearms                                 Dolan (D-22)       NEUTRAL  H. CR&J
HB 2196   Raise standard for issue of a “red flag” order   Walsh (R-19)       SUPPORT
HB 2202   Exempts law enforcement from a/w training     Klippert (R-8)      OPPOSE  H.PubSaf
HB 2240   Bans high capacity magazines                        Valdez (D-43)      OPPOSE
HB 2241   Bans assault weapons and magazines             Peterson (D-21)    OPPOSE

SB 6075   Bans assault weapons and hi cap magazines    Kuderer (D-48)     OPPOSE
SB 6076   Bans high capacity magazines                         Kuderer (D-48)     OPPOSE
SB 6161   Excise tax on ammunition                               Dhingra (D-45)     OPPOSE

HB = House bill, SB = Senate bill.  L&J = Law & Justice, CR&J = Civil Rights & Judiciary, PubSaf = Public Safety, HC = Health Care, H. K-12 = House Early education, Aprop = Appropriations, Fin = Finance, W&M = Ways & Means  “S” before a bill number indicates Substitute (amended).

PUBLIC HEARINGS SCHEDULED:

17 Jan              House Civil Rights & Judiciary, House Hearing Rm “A”
10:00 a.m.       HB 1671

LEGISLATIVE HOT LINE:  You may reach your Representatives and Senator by calling the Legislative Hotline at 1-800-562-6000.  Toll free!!!  The hearing impaired may obtain TDD access at 1-800-635-9993.  Also toll free!!!

1-800-562-6000   TDD 1-800-635-9993

OTHER DATA:  Copies of pending legislation (bills), legislative schedules and other information are available on the legislature’s web site at “www.leg.wa.gov”.  Bills are available in Acrobat (.pdf) format.  You may download a free version of Adobe Acrobat Reader from Adobe’s web site (http://www.adobe.com).  You may also obtain hard copy bills, initiatives, etc, in the mail from the Legislative Bill Room FREE OF CHARGE by calling 1-360-786-7573.  Copies of bills may also be ordered toll free by calling the Legislative Hotline at (800) 562-6000.  You may also hear floor and committee hearing action live at http://www.tvw.org/ (you need “RealAudio” to do this, available free at the TVW web site).

By reading the House and Senate “bill reports” (hbr, sbr) for each bill, you can see how individual committee members voted.  By reading the “roll call” for each bill, you can see how the entire House or Senate voted on any bill.  The beauty of the web site is that ALL this information is available, on line, to any citizen.

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GOAL Alert 2019-2   Legislative alert from Olympia  25 April 2019

GOAL Alert 2019-2                                                                25 April 2019

Legislative alert from Olympia

TEMPORARY HOLD ON BUMP STOCK INFO RELEASE

IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUIRED

According to information that we have not been able to confirm at this time, a temporary injunction blocking release of the names and addresses of those who turned in bump stocks to the Washington State Patrol has been imposed by a Washington judge. It’s 0400 here in Indianapolis, where I am attending the NRA convention, and 0200 in Washington, so bear with me please.

https://mynorthwest.com/1359032/bump-stock-buyback-names-not-released/

Given my ISP problems and the added difficulties of posting information from a mobile hotspot while on the road in Indianapolis, we are passing along the following information

Speaker Chopp is contemplating bringing the bill to the floor.

There are two days left in the legislative session. PLEASE ACT NOW. Contact the following individuals and ask them to PLEASE bring HB 2182 up for a vote.

Rep. Frank Chopp, Speaker of the House ([email protected]), (360) 786 – 7920

Rep. Jenkin ([email protected], (360) 786 – 7836

Rep. Stoner ([email protected], (360) 786 – 7872)

Rep. Sullivan ([email protected], (360) 786 – 7858

Rep. Frame ([email protected], (360) 786 – 7814

 

These are the people that can make it happen

Please act now, and then get your friends to do the same. If you want politics to go your way grassroots action is how it’s done.

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GOAL Alert 2019-1 Legislative Alert from Olympia 24 April 2019

GOAL Alert 2019-1    24 April 2019  Legislative Alert from Olympia

Last week we reported that a public records request had been submitted to the Washington State Patrol asking for the names and addresses of all of the individuals who turned in “bump stocks” and were compensated by the state. Under the current Public Records Act (RCW 42.56), this information MUST be released.

An emergency bill has been filed in Olympia to block this action for purposes of public safety.             The bill is HB 2182, was filed by Representatives Shea, Klippert, Boehnke, Kretz, Dufault, Walsh, Orcutt, Young. More than 25 years ago the Washington legislature followed the lead of several other states and restricted access to public records concerning concealed pistol licenses. Why give burglars a heads up of where to go “shopping,” or anti-gun activists the opportunity to publish lists of CPL holders as some have done in other states?

Bill text can be found here: http://lawfilesext.leg.wa.gov/biennium/2019-20/Pdf/Bills/House%20Bills/2182.pdf

Again, a reasonable assumption can be made if an individual had a bump stock, he or she also posses a firearm suitable for use with such a device. For those liberals who think this is a reasonable measure, ask them how they would feel about a public records release of the names of all women who received an abortion using public funding as is done in Washington under MEDICAID. Try that and watch the liberal rockets being fired!

YOU MUST TAKE IMMEDIATE ACTION TODAY IF THIS BILL IS TO MOVE. Again, the bill is HB 2182. It is imperative you contact YOUR state legislators today and ask them to support the bill. Your legislator is a liberal? Use the abortion example I cited above as an argument.

Contact information for your legislators may be found at https://app.leg.wa.gov/DistrictFinder/   When you insert your address, a box will pop up with links to your state Senator and two state Representatives. Or you can do it the old fashioned way and look in the “blue” Government pages in your telephone directory.

Timing is critical. One report indicates the WSP intends to release the information as wearly as tomorrow, Friday, even before the mandatory release deadline.

Will Democrat leadership in both the House and Senate act, and will Governor Inslee sign an emergency bill?

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