GOAL Post 2018-7, Legislative Update from Olympia 16 February 2018

GOAL Post 2018-7
Legislative Update from Olympia 16 February 2018

IMPACT OF FLORIDA SCHOOL SHOOTING
DEMOCRATS WHINE ABOUT GUN CONTROL
MEDIA, TOO
CHAMBER CUT-OFF PASSES
BILLS MOVE, BILLS DIE
BILL STATUS COLUMN CHANGING
PUBLIC HEARINGS NEXT WEEK
THREE WEEKS LEFT IN THE SESSION

At this point it is difficult to assess the impact of the school shooting in Florida on Wednesday – another Valentine’s Day Massacre. 17 people lost their lives to an individual who had been sending clear signals that he was a very disturbed person, yet no action was taken. According to some reports the FBI was informed of his threat, but no results of that warning are known.

Of immediate concern is the possible impact in Olympia THIS session. While bills are technically dead following the designated cut-off dates, exceptions can be made and bills can be revived. It’s rare, but it happens. Continue reading

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GOAL Post 2018-6, Legislative Update from Olympia 9 February 2018

GOAL Post 2018-6
Legislative Update from Olympia 9 February 2018

CHAMBER CUT-OFF NEXT WEDNESDAY
ACTION ON BILLS
PUBLIC HEARING ON SBs 5553 AND 5992
NO PUBLIC HEARINGS SCHEDULED
TEN BILLS REMAIN UNDER CONSIDERATION
TITLE ONLY BILL

The mid-session chamber cut-off occurs next Wednesday, 14 February. House bills that have not passed out of the House, and Senate bills that have not passed out of the Senate, are supposed to be dead for the session. That’s true in almost all cases, but on rare occasions, a bill can be resurrected.

SB 6298 (DV harassment) passed out of the Senate late Friday afternoon. It will now go to House Judiciary for consideration. SB 5444 (“assault weapon” background checks) and HB 1270 (encouraging voluntary use of firearm safety products) both died in the fiscal committee cut-off this week. Continue reading

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GOAL Post 2018-5, Legislative Update from Olympia 2 February 2018

GOAL Post 2018-5
Legislative Update from Olympia 2 February 2018

CHAMBER POLICY COMMITTEE CUT-OFF TODAY – GUN BILLS DIE
FISCAL COMMITTEE CUT-OFF NEXT TUESDAY
ONE NEW GUN BILL INTRODUCED
ACTION ON BILLS
PUBLIC HEARINGS SCHEDULED

Today, 2 February, is the first chamber policy committee cut-off date. All bills that have not passed out of their original policy committee this session (for most gun bills Senate Law & Justice, House Judiciary and Public Safety) are considered dead for the remainder of the session. Theoretically – exceptions can be made — but those exceptions are rare. Continue reading

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GOAL Post 2018-4, Legislative Update from Olympia 27 January 2018

GOAL Post 2018-4
Legislative Update from Olympia 27 January 2018

SB 5992 PASSES SENATE
NEW BILLS FILED
ACTION ON BILLS
PUBLIC HEARING CONDUCTED
PUBLIC HEARINGS SCHEDULED

(Quick and dirty this week. I just got back on the redeye from the SHOT (Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trades) Show in Las Vegas. All kinds of new toys that our Dave Workman will be covering in future articles.)

SB 5992 (“bump stock ban) passed the Senate on a 29-20 vote. It now goes to House Judiciary for their consideration. Given that the bill had a couple of Republican co-sponsors and four Republican Senators voted “aye” on final passage, it will likely sail through the House and go to the governor. The impact of this is very limited, and if this is all that passes the legislature this session, we will be very lucky indeed. Continue reading

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GOAL Post 2018-3, Legislative Update from Olympia 19 January 2018

GOAL Post 2018-3
Legislative Update from Olympia 19 January 2018

LEGISLATIVE CALENDAR CORRECTION
1/15 SENATE GUN BILL HEARING
NEW GUN BILLS FILED
PUBLIC HEARINGS SCHEDULED
ACTION ON GUN BILLS
KIRO TV POLL
NOT ALL DEMOCRATS ARE OUR ENEMIES

The correct date of the Fiscal committee cut-off is 6 February, not 5 February as reported last week.

The first big gun bill hearing was conducted by Senate Law & Justice on Monday, 15 January. There was a turnout of several hundred on both sides, with two overflow rooms filled with attendees (unfortunately the pro-gun lobby doesn’t have a billionaire sugar daddy who provides neat highly visible t-shirts – but most of us DO have gun-related ball caps, club badges, pins, etc.) It was an amazing display of ignorance about guns and gun laws by the pro-gun control side. But that doesn’t stop them and their billionaire allies from pushing for every restriction they can get through the system. The bills heard in public testimony included SBs 592 (trigger devices), 6049 (magazine ban), 5444 (modern sporting rifle registration), 5463 (safe storage) and 6146 (preemption repeal). The entire hearing can be viewed on TVWashington at https://www.tvw.org/watch/?eventID=2018011154. Continue reading

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GOAL Post 2018-2, Legislative Update from Olympia 12 January 2018

GOAL Post 2018-2
Legislative Update from Olympia 12 January 2018

GUN RIGHTS RALLY
LEGISLATIVE CALENDAR
NEW GUN BILLS FILED
PUBLIC HEARING SCHEDULED

Somewhere between 125-150 gun rights supporters showed up at the rally conducted on the Capitol Campus earlier today. Several legislators spoke to the crowd, including Representatives Matt Shea (R-4), Brian Blake (D-19), Vicki Kraft (R-17), Morgan Irwin (R-31) and Senator Phil Fortunato (R-31). After the formal presentations ended, individual participants visited their legislators’ offices. A big thank you to the legislators who spoke and to all who made the trek to Olympia to show the flag..

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GOAL Post 2018-1 Legislative Update from Olympia 5 January 2018

GOAL Post 2018-1
Legislative Update from Olympia 5 January 2018

RALLY IN OLY FRIDAY 12 JANUARY
LEGISLATURE CONVENES MONDAY, 8 JANUARY (60 DAY SESSION)
DEMOCRATS IN COMPLETE CONTROL
BILLS HELD OVER FROM 2017
NEW GUN BILLS PRE-FILED
LEGISLATIVE TUTORIAL
LEGISLATIVE CALENDAR
NEXT WEEK’S HEARING SCHEDULE
SENATE GUN BILL HEARING MONDAY 15 JANUARY
LEGISLATOR CONTACT INFORMATION
HOW TO TESTIFY AT A PUBLIC HEARING
PUBLIC HEARING VERSUS EXECUTIVE SESSION

(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. I’ll be at the SHOT show in Las Vegas the week of the 22nd, so that one may come late.) Continue reading

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GOAL Post 2017-Special-Final Legislative Update from Olympia 21 July 2017

GOAL Post 2017-Special-Final
Legislative Update from Olympia 21 July 2017

THIRD SPECIAL SESSION ENDS
NO ACTION ON GUNS
GRIDLOCK PREVAILS
SPECIAL ELECTION UNDERWAY
GOAL ENDORSEMENTS FOR SENATE

There was no action taken on gun issues throughout the three special sessions.

The third special session of the legislature came to a close last night without passing a capital construction budget. The governor says he will not call them back into session until they have resolution on a capital (state construction) budget.

What is at dispute is control of water in rural areas. A year-old state Supreme Court decision that Continue reading

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GOAL Post 2017-Special 5 Legislative Update from Olympia 23 June 2017

GOAL Post 2017-Special 5
Legislative Update from Olympia 23 June 2017

THREE STRIKES, YOU’RE OUT! THIRD SPECIAL SESSION

GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN IMMINENT — MAYBE

IMPACT ON GUN OWNERS

The THIRD special session of the legislature started on Wednesday, 21 June. They’re still hung up on the state operating budget. All bills that have not been passed to date go back to their original chamber (House bills to House, Senate bills to Senate).

This is similar to 2013 and 2015, when the legislature required multiple special sessions to pass the Continue reading

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GOAL Post 2017-Special 4 Legislative Update from Olympia 9 June 2017

GOAL Post 2017-Special 4
Legislative Update from Olympia 9 June 2017

SPECIAL SESSION 2 CONTINUES

As the budget impasse continues, some progress is being made. While it does not impact the gun issue, I’m including an attachment here to a Seattle Times article from last weekend explaining exactly where the opposing sides stand. It looks like the principal question is not whether Washingtonians will pay more in taxes, but which taxes will be raised. Continue reading

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