GOAL Post 2017-Special 3 Legislative Update from Olympia 19 May 2017

GOAL Post 2017-Special 3
Legislative Update from Olympia 19 May 2017

SPECIAL SESSION ENDS IN IMPASSE

SECOND SPECIAL SESSION CONVENED

PROCEDURAL NOTE

CRITICAL SPECIAL ELECTION AHEAD

The first special session ended earlier this week without budget resolution. Therefore the governor called them back immediately into a second special session. We’re now four days into the second 30-day special session.

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GOAL Post 2017-Special 2 Legislative Update from Olympia 12 May 2017

GOAL Post 2017-Special 2
Legislative Update from Olympia 12 May 2017

GOVERNORS SIGNS ALL GUN BILLS

SPECIAL SESSION CONTINUES

I reported last week that Governor Inslee signed HB 1100. That means that starting in late summer or early fall (it takes time to set up the system), CPL holders will receive a postcard renewal notice 90 days before their CPL expires.

On May 10th, the governor signed the remaining four gun-related bills awaiting action. He signed HB 1501, HB 1612, SB 5268 and SB 5552.

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GOAL Post 2017-Special 1 Legislative Update from Olympia 5 May 2017

GOAL Post 2017-Special 1
Legislative Update from Olympia 5 May 2017

NO ACTION ON BILLS

I was at the annual NRA convention and meetings in Atlanta last Friday, but nothing happened anyway!

Governor Inslee signed HB 1100 (CPL renewal postcard) a week before the session ended. The first postcards should go out in late summer (they have to set up the system first).

Still awaiting the governor’s signature are HB 1501 (NICS denial police notification), HB 1612 (suicide prevention), SB 5268 (CPL renewal e-mail notification) and SB 5552 (limited I-594 background check exemptions.) (Correction, SB 5268 did squeak out just before the regular session ended.)

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GOAL Post 2017-16 Legislative Update from Olympia 21 April 2017

GOAL Post 2017-16
Legislative Update from Olympia 21 April 2017

SINE DIE? IT’S OVER, SORT OF
SPECIAL SESSION
HB 1100 SIGNED BY GOV 19 APRIL
HB 1501 REVIVED, PASSES
BILLS AWAITING GOV SIGNATURE
GOAL POST WILL CONTINUE THROUGH THE SPECIAL SESSION

The reason for the long (105 day) session is to give legislators time to develop an operating budget for the state. Since 2010, they have not been able to finish this work on time and have had to go into special sessions of 30 days (maximum) each. The major problem here is split control of the legislature – Majority Coalition Senate and Democrat House. One presents a balanced budget, the other wants major tax increases – I’ll let you guess which. (Interesting to note that back in the late 1990s, the Republican Congress and President Bill Clinton worked together to pass balanced budgets. That’s when you had a pragmatic chief executive that was willing to work with Republicans. )

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GOAL Post 2017-15 Legislative Update from Olympia 14 April 2017

GOAL Post 2017-15
Legislative Update from Olympia 14 April 2017

SECOND CHAMBER CUT-OFF PASSES
TWO WEEKS LEFT IN REGULAR SESSION
BILLS PASS HOUSE, SENATE
HB 1501 GAMES
KOSTER AMENDMENTS RULED OUT OF ORDER
CONCURRENCE VOTE(S)

For most bills, the legislative session effectively ended Wednesday at 5 p.m. The remaining two weeks focus on budgets and reconciliation between differences in bills as passed by each chamber (e.g. House bill amended in the Senate or vice versa).

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GOAL Alert 2017-14 Legislative Update from Olympia 6 April 2017

GOAL Alert 2017-14
Legislative Update from Olympia 6 April 2017

HB 1100 PASSES SENATE
SB 5552 PASSES HOUSE
SB 5268 PASSES TO HOUSE RULES
HBs 1501 AND 1612 PASS TO SENATE RULES
TWO DOWN, THREE TO GO
GENERAL CUT-OFF 12 APRIL
SPECIAL SESSION?

Two bills passed out of their respective chamber this week. HB 1100 passed out of the Senate. We’re waiting to see if the counterpart bill (duplicate) passes out of the House. One way or another, unless the governor vetoes either bill, you can expect a postcard or e-mail renewal notice 90 days before your CPL expires.

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GOAL Post 2017-13 Legislative Update from Olympia 31 March 2017

GOAL Post 2017-13
Legislative Update from Olympia 31 March 2017

POLICY COMMITTEE CUT-OFF PASSES
HBs 1100, 1501 MOVE
FISCAL COMMITTEE CUT-OFF NEXT TUESDAY
SATURDAY PUBLIC HEARING SCHEDULED

The second chamber policy committee cut-off passed Wednesday. The only bill remaining in a policy committee, HB 1501 in Senate Law & Justice, was amended in committee and sent to Senate Ways & Means.

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GOAL Post 2017-12 Legislative Update from Olympia 24 March 2017

GOAL Post 2017-12
Legislative Update from Olympia 24 March 2017

BILLS MOVE

MORE CUT-OFFS LOOM

There’s been a little motion on our five bills of interest after a week of public hearings. HB 1100 passed out of Senate Law & Justice to Senate Ways & Means. HB 1612 passed out of Senate Human Services to Senate Ways & Means. Both of these will have to clear that fiscal committee before moving on.

Senate Bill 5268 passed out of House Judiciary to House Appropriations, more fiscal action. SB 5552 still sits in House Rules awaiting a floor vote (not likely until next month). A public hearing was held on HB 1501, so we can expect it to be subjected to a Senate Law & Justice committee vote next week.

The second chamber (House bills in Senate, etc) policy committee cut-off is next Wednesday, 29 March. We’re past that with the five bills we’re following. The fiscal committee cut-off is the following Tuesday, 4 April. HBs 1100, 1612 and SB 5268 are awaiting that hurdle.

BILL STATUS/GOAL POSITION:

SHB 1100 CPL renewal notice
Blake (D-19) S. W&M SUPPORT

HB 1501 Illegal purchase of firearms
Hansen (D-23) S. L&J SUPPORT

2SHB 1612 Suicide prevention
Orwall (D-33) S. W&M SUPPORT

SB 5268 CPL renewal notice
Takko (D-19) H. Aprop SUPPORT

SB 5552 Certain exemptions to I-594
Pedersen (D-43) H. Rules SUPPORT

L&J = Law & Justice, Jud = Judiciary, HumSer = Human Services, Aprop = Appropriations, Fin = Finance, W&M = Ways & Means “S” before a bill number indicates Substitute (amended).

PUBLIC HEARINGS SCHEDULED:

None

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). Each bill’s web page contains a link to any public hearing at the bottom of the page.

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 “jwaldron@halcyon.com“. 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 “jwaldron@halcyon.com” 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 “jwaldron@halcyon.com” 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 25-26 March
Puyallup 29-30 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 2017 Gun Owners Action League of WA

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GOAL Post 2017-11 Legislative Update from Olympia 17 March 2017

GOAL Post 2017-11
Legislative Update from Olympia 17 March 2017

SECOND HALF OF SESSION BEGINS
ONE BILL MOVES
BILLS SCHEDULED FOR HEARINGS
SECOND CHAMBER POLICY COMMITTEE CUT-OFF

The committee hearing/vote/floor session cycle has started all over again, after the 8 March original chamber cut-off. As House bills move through the Senate and vice versa, the next critical cut-off date is Wednesday, 29 March — nearly two weeks off. The second half of the long session is off to a slow start. Of the five gun bills we are tracking, two had public hearings (1612 and 5268) and one passed out of committee (5552).

Senate Bill 5552, relaxing SOME of the background checks under I-594, passed out of 5552 amended and out of the House Judiciary Committee on what appeared to be a unanimous a voice vote on Wednesday. The bill was amended in committee to add firearms loaned to veterans color guards to the list of background check exemptions.

Recall this is the bill that COULD be amended to add CPL holders to the exemption list. That would change it from minor tweaks to a major pro-gun bill. But that’s going to take pressure from constituents. The bill can be further amended on the House floor at the end of March/early April..

At this point, two bills (1100, 1501) are scheduled for public hearings and an executive session for 5268. Details below.

BILL STATUS/GOAL POSITION:

SHB 1100 CPL renewal notice
Blake (D-19) S. L&J SUPPORT

HB 1501 Illegal purchase of firearms
Hansen (D-23) S. L&J SUPPORT

2SHB 1612 Suicide prevention
Orwall (D-33) S. HumSerSUPPORT

SB 5268 CPL renewal notice
Takko (D-19) H. Jud. SUPPORT

SB 5552 Certain exemptions to I-594
Pedersen (D-43) H. Rules SUPPORT

L&J = Law & Justice, Jud = Judiciary, HumSer = Human Services, Aprop = Appropriations, Fin = Finance, W&M = Ways & Means “S” before a bill number indicates Substitute (amended).

PUBLIC HEARING SCHEDULED:

21 Mar Senate Law & Justice Senate Hearing Room “4” John A. Cherberg Bldg
10:00 a.m. HB 1100

22 Mar House Judiciary House Hearing Room “A” John L. O’Brien Bldg
8:00 a.m. SB 5268 (executive session)

23 Mar Senate Law & Justice Senate Hearing Room “4” John L. O’Brien Bldg
10:00 a.m. SB 1501

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). Each bill’s web page contains a link to any public hearing at the bottom of the page.

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 “jwaldron@halcyon.com“. 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 “jwaldron@halcyon.com” 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 “jwaldron@halcyon.com” 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 25-26 March
Puyallup 29-30 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 2017 Gun Owners Action League of WA

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GOAL Post 2017-10 Legislative Update from Olympia – 10 March 2017

GOAL Post 2017-10
Legislative Update from Olympia – 10 March 2017

CHAMBER CUT-OFF PASSES, MORE BILLS DIE
BILL TRACKING LIST NARROWED
PUBLIC HEARINGS SCHEDULED
IT’S NOT OVER TIL IT’S OVER
MOUNT RAINIER FRIENDS OF NRA BANQUET

5 p.m. on Wednesday was chamber cut-off: House bills that had not passed out of the House, and Senate bills that had not passed out of the Senate, died for the session. We are now down to a very manageable list of five bills to follow. 34 gun bills were filed this year, nowhere near the 60+ filed in the last two year biennium. And as is typical, most never passed the half-way mark.

As the 5 o’clock bell rang in Olympia on Wednesday, the House still hadn’t reached HBs 1122, 1483 and 1731. The Senate stopped short of SB 5506. So those bills should be considered dead for the session, but the Senate version of HB 1731, SB 5552, is still running in the House. Keep in mind, too, that this is the first year of a biennium, meaning all the bills filed this year that did not make it can be called back next year. Or during any special session.

And now there are five. HB 1100, HB 1501, HB 1612, SB 5268 and SB 5552 Two of the bills are essentially duplicates: HB 1100 and SB 5268 both mandate mailing a renewal notice 90 days before a CPL expires, a long overdue fix. The HB 1100 was amended in the House, so it will have to be reconciled with SB 5268 in the next four weeks. HB 1501 requires FFLs to notify the State Patrol of NICS denials, who are then directed to initiate an investigation (many/most of which will go nowhere because of misidentifications). HB 1612 promotes suicide awareness education. And SB 5552 is the Senate version of the minor tweaks to I-594 background checks (e.g. no check required for in-laws, or for loans at the range where the owner stays with the firearm).

Not much of a positive outcome midway through, but if you look at all the anti-gun bills filed, it’s encouraging to see none got traction. We’re not going to see pro-gun bills sail through until a pro-gun House is put in place to match a pro-gun Senate.

Public hearings will be conducted on HB 1612 and SB 5268. SB 5552 will be subject to an executive session (committee vote). Details below.

We’re halfway through the session, and already the bill list is down to five. But it’s not over yet. And should a shooting incident occur that “fits” one of these bills, you can expect them to try and revive it. The fat lady doesn’t sing until midnight on 23 April!

The Mount Rainier chapter of Friends of NRA will conduct its 24th annual Friends of NRA dinner and auction at the Emerald Queen Casino Conference Center in Fife on Saturday, April 8th. Doors open at 4:00 p.m. and dinner starts at 7:00. Nearly three dozen guns and hundreds of other prizes will be raffled off. If you have never attended one, I strongly urge you to consider it. It’s a great event for a fun cause. For additional information call (253) 841-7113 or e-mail “visit2ndamd@comcast.net.”

BILL STATUS/GOAL POSITION:

SHB 1100 CPL renewal notice
Blake (D-19) S. L&J SUPPORT

SHB 1122 Safe storage of firearms
Kagi (D-32) DIED OPPOSE

HB 1483 Allows destruction of forfeited firearms
Lovick (D-44) DIED OPPOSE

HB 1501 Illegal purchase of firearms
Hansen (D-23) S. L&J SUPPORT

2SHB 1612 Suicide prevention
Orwall (D-33) S. HumSer SUPPORT

SB 5268 CPL renewal notice
Takko (D-19) H. Jud. SUPPORT

SSB 5506 Transfer of firearms at non-profit events
Zeiger (R-25) DIED SUPPORT

SB 5552 Certain exemptions to I-594
Pedersen (D-43) H. Jud SUPPORT

L&J = Law & Justice, Jud = Judiciary, HumSer = Human Services, Aprop = Appropriations, Fin = Finance, W&M = Ways & Means “S” before a bill number indicates Substitute (amended).

PUBLIC HEARING SCHEDULED:

14 Mar Senate Human Services Senate Hearing Room “2” John A. Cherberg Bldg
1:30 p.m. HB 1612

15 Mar House Judiciary House Hearing Room “A” John L. O’Brien Bldg
8:00 a.m. SB 5268

16 Mar House Judiciary House Hearing Room “A” John L. O’Brien Bldg
1:30 p.m. SB 5552 (executive session)

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). Each bill’s web page contains a link to any public hearing at the bottom of the page.

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 “jwaldron@halcyon.com“. 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 “jwaldron@halcyon.com” 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 “jwaldron@halcyon.com” 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 25-26 March
Puyallup 29-30 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 2017 Gun Owners Action League of WA

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