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!

The following cut-off dates have been adopted for bills under consideration in the 2020 regular legislative session. As a general rule, if a bill fails to pass a hurdle, it is considered dead for the session. Exceptions can be made.

13 January Session begins
7 February Bills must pass out of policy committee (except fiscal bills)
11 February Bills must pass out of chamber fiscal committee (only bills with major fiscal impact)
19 February Bills must pass out of house of origin (House bills out of House, Senate bills out of Senate)
28 February Bills must pass out of policy committee in second chamber
2 March Bills with major fiscal impact must pass out of second chamber fiscal committee
6 March Bills must pass out of second chamber (House bills out of Senate, Senate bills out of
the House), except for bills in a conference committee to iron out differences in House/Senate versions, budget bills and initiatives.
12 March Sine die – close of regular legislative session.

The first critical cut-off date, when bills must pass out of their first policy committee (L&J or CR&J for gun bills), isn’t for three weeks.

Another handful of gun bills were introduced this week, and a few more resurrected from last year’s stack. In a departure from the past, I’m tracking both Washington and Florida legislative sessions (I’m VP of the Florida Sport Shooting Assn), so I’m just going to focus on bills that are actually being called into play.

HB 1365 (from last year) (Lovick D-44) mandates State Patrol approved training, to include range time, before a CPL may be issued or reissued (House CR&J, 21 Jan). HB 1374 (from last year) (Macri D-43) repeals state preemption (control) of firearms laws, opening the door to cities and counties to pass their own gun laws (House CR&J, 21 Jan). HB 2240 (Valdez D-46) bans sale and/or possession of magazines holding more than 10 rounds; existing possession is grandfathered, with restriction on where/when they may be used (House CR&J, 21 Jan). HB 2241 (Peterson D-21) bans sale or possession of semi-automatic “assault weapons” and large capacity magazines; existing possession is grandfathered, with restrictions (House CR&J, 21 Jan). HB 2519 (Walen D-48) requires a NICS (when available) background check on the retail sale of ammunition, with a report sent to the state; limited exceptions (House CR&J, 21 Jan). HB 2555 (Goodman D-45) closes the loophole for items federally-defined on a 4473 as “other” (receivers, certain shotguns or handguns) (House CR&J, 22 Jan).

SB 6077 (Kuderer D-48) same-old, same-old magazine ban over ten round capacity, grandfathered (Senate L&J, 20 Jan). SB 6163 (Dhingra D-45) bans possession of firearms BEFORE conviction for certain persons awaiting trial for felony DUI (Senate L&J, 21 Jan). SB 6288 (Dhingra D-45) creates an Office of Firearm Violence Prevention under the Department of COMMERCE to recommend measures to prevent violence (Senate L&J, 21 Jan). SB 6294 (Saloman D-32) more State Patrol-approved mandatory training for a CPL (Senate L&J, 20 Jan). SB 6347 (Wagoner R-39) extends the validity of a CPL acquired after mandatory training to SEVEN years – kind of a sugar coating on a bitter pill (Senate L&J, 20 Jan). SB 6402 (Rivers R-18) is a sentencing enhancement for use of a stolen firarm during the commission of a felony (Senate L&J, 20 Jan). SB 6406 (Wilson R-17) makes any theft of a firearm from a residence or retail outlet a felony (Senate L&J 20 Jan).

BILL STATUS/GOAL POSITION:
HB 1365 CPL training requirement Tharinger (D-24) H. CR&J OPPOSE
HB 1374 Repeals state preemption of gun laws Macri (D-43) H. CR&J OPPOSE
HB 1068 Magazine restrictions Valdez (D-43) H. CR&J OPPOSE
HB 1671 Confiscation of firearms Dolan (D-22) H. CR&J NEUTRAL
HB 2196 Raise standard for issue of a “red flag” order Walsh (R-19) HG. CR&J SUPPORT
HB 2202 Exempts law enforcement from a/w training Klippert (R-8) H.PubSaf OPPOSE
HB 2240 Bans high capacity magazines Valdez (D-43) H. CR&J OPPOSE
HB 2241 Bans assault weapons and magazines Peterson (D-21) H. CR&J OPPOSE
HB 2519 Ammunition background checks Walen (D-48) H. CR&J OPPOSE
HB 2555 Background checks for “other” firearms Goodman (D-45) H. CR&J OPPOSE

SB 5434 Expands gun free zones to parks and day cares Wilson, C (D-30) S. L&J OPPOSE
SB 6076 Bans assault weapons and hi cap magazines Kuderer (D-48) S. L&J OPPOSE
SB 6077 Bans high capacity magazines Kuderer (D-48) S. L&J OPPOSE
SB 6161 Excise tax on ammunition Dhingra (D-45) S. L&J OPPOSE
SB 6163 Unlawful possession BEFORE conviction Dhingra (D-45) S. L&J OPPOSE
SB 6288 Office of firearm violence prevention Dhingra (D-45) S. L&J OPPOSE
SB 6294 CPL training requirement Saloman (D-32) S. L&J OPPOSE
SB 6347 CPL validity seven years with training Wagoner (R-39) S. L&J OPPOSE
SB 6402 Use of a stolen firearm Rivers (R-18) S. L&J SUPPORT
SB 6406 Concerning firearms Wilson, L (R-17) S. L&J 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:
20 Jan Senate Law & Justice, Senate Hearing Room 4, JAC building
10:00am SBs 6077, 6274, 6347, 6402 and 6406

21 Jan Senate Law & Justice, Senate Hearing Room 4, JAC building
10:00am SBs 6163 and 6288

21 Jan House Civil Rights & Judiciary, House Hearing Room “A,” JLO building
10:00am HBs 2240, 2241, 2519, 1374 and 1315

22Jan House Civil Rights & Judiciary, House Hearing Room “A,” JLO building
8:00am HB 2555

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):
Puyallup 01-02 February
Monroe 28-29 March

“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 2020-1 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.

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):

Puyallup              01-02 February
Monroe               28-29 March

“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 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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GOAL Post 2019-15, Legislative Update from Olympia 19 April 2019

GOAL Post                                                                      2019-15

Legislative Update from Olympia                                        19 April 2019

 

RALLY FOR YOUR RIGHTS

BILLS PASS, ONE DIES

CONCURRENCE VOTES

ONE MORE WEEK

SPECIAL SESSION LOOMS

BUMP STOCK WARNING

LATE DISSEMINATION

ON THE ROAD

 

A pro-gun “Rally for your Rights” will be held on the Capitol Campus on Saturday, 27 March at 12 noon.  A little late in the session, but still an opportunity to show your support.  It IS on a Saturday.  Try to make it and show them the gun lobby is not a paper tiger..

Several bills passed by the end of the second chamber cut-off on Continue reading

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GOAL Post 2019-14, Legislative Update from Olympia 12 April 2019

GOAL Post 2019-14
Legislative Update from Olympia 12 April 2019

BILLS PASS SECOND CHAMBER
CONFERENCE COMMITTEE FOR MOST
CHAMBER CUT-OFF NEXT WEDNESDAY, 17 APRIL

The House passed SBs 5181 (firearms/mental health) and 5205 (firearms/incompetence, both with amendments. The Senate passed HB 1225 (firearms/domestic violence) with amendments. All three bills await a concurrence vote (for the amendment) or go to a conference committee to iron out differences, where SB 5508 CPL background checks) still sits.. HB 1949 (firearm background checks) is on its way to the Governor. HBs 1465 (handgun delivery), 1739 (undetectable/untraceable firearms), 1786 (firearms/protective orders) and 1934 (military CPL renewal) and SB 5782 (spring blade knives) still await a floor vote. All five bills are on their chamber floor calendar, so a vote is possible in the next few days.

Next Wednesday Continue reading

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GOAL Post 2019-13, Legislative Update from Olympia 5 April 2019

GOAL Post 2019-13
Legislative Update from Olympia 5 April 2019

POLICY COMMITTEE CUT-OFF; BILLS MOVE, BILLS DIE
ACTION SHIFTS ONCE AGAIN TO CHAMBER FLOORS
17 APRIL CHAMBER CUT-OFF, 28 APRIL SINE DIE

The legislature is moving into the final leg of its 105 day/15 week regular session. Just over three weeks left. The primary focus of the long session in odd-numbered years is supposed to be development and adoption of the biennial budget, Whether a budget agreement will be reached or a special session will be called is hard to say right now. Both the House and Senate have passed budget bills, but the bills are $750 MILLION apart – in new spending only! The overall biennial budget runs over $52 BILLION. Now to guns… Continue reading

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GOAL Post 2019-12, Legislative Update from Olympia 29 March 2019

GOAL Post 2019-12
Legislative Update from Olympia 29 March 2019

BILLS MOVE OUT OF COMMITTEE
BILLS STILL AWAITING COMMITTEE ACTION
SECOND POLICY COMMITTEE CUT-OFF NEXT WEDNESDAY

Side note: according to various news reports, around 2,000 individuals attended a “Defend the 2nd” rally conducted at the state capitol building in Salem, Oregon last Saturday. It appears Washington and Oregon are in a race to see who can pass the most restrictive gun control laws this year. 2,000 is by no means perfect, or even fully representative of Oregon gun owners, but it was a respectable turn-out. Continue reading

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GOAL Post 2019-11, Legislative Update from Olympia 22 March 2019

GOAL Post 2019-11
Legislative Update from Olympia 22 March 2019

GOV SIGNS BUMP STOCK BUYBACK FUNDING
AWAITING COMMITTEE ACTION ON BILLS HEARD THIS WEEK
PUBLIC HEARINGS SCHEDULED NEXT WEEK
SECOND POLICY COMMITTEE CUT-OFF

Starting the second half of the 2019 legislative session. And I think it’s time for a pep talk. We dodged a major bullet last week when SSB 5174 (CPL training) failed to get a vote. That was no coincidence. They do a nose count before major votes, and if the votes aren’t there, they don’t bring it up for a vote. Should a bill as extreme as SSB 5174 become law, it would strike a major blow to the CPL program. Continue reading

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GOAL Post 2019-10, Legislative Update from Olympia 15 March 2019

GOAL Post 2019-10
Legislative Update from Olympia 15 March 2019

SB 5954 PASSES LEGISLATURE
CHAMBER CUT-OFF/TURNOVER DAY
BILLS LIVE – BILLS DIE
PUBLIC HEARINGS SCHEDULED

In an unusual move, SB 5954 (bump stock buyback funding) passed out of the Senate on 28 February, was fast-tracked through the House on March 11th where it was amended, so it went back to the Senate, who concurred in the House amendment. It’s on its way Continue reading

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