2016 Legislative Session

The Washington Legislature operates on a “Biennium” (two year cycle) system – meaning that any bill proposed legislative session occuring in the first year of the biennium and that is not either voted down or approved will continue into the legislative session of the second year of the biennium. 2015 was the first year of the current session, so we get all of last years left-overs (good, bad and ugly) AND whatever new ideas our beloved legislators have managed to conjure up since June.

At the time of this writing, no firearms-related legislation appears in the “pre-filed bills” section of the Legislative website. Those can be filed right up till the last day before the Legislative session begins, however. Below find the “left-over” bills from the 2015 session that we will most likely be facing.

2016 Legislative Session Preview

Bill #
Position
Subject Prime Sponsor Status
HB 1119
OPPOSE
Hunter education issues Blake (D-19) H Ag
HB 1191 SUPPORT CPL Renewal Notices Taylor (R-15) H. Aprop.
HB 1193
SUPPORT
Prohibiting gun owner data base Taylor (R-15) H Jud
HB 1245
SUPPORT
Repeals I-594 Shea (R-4) H Jud
HB 1324
SUPPORT
Codifies castle doctrine and stand your ground Shea (R-4) H Jud
HB 1433
SUPPORT
Modifies Gun Free School Zone law Scott (R-38) H Jud
HB 1442
SUPPORT
Exp. economic development via firearms/ammo G. Hunt (R-2) H Jud
HB 1474
SUPPORT
Defense against animal attack Taylor (R-15) H Jud
HB 1506
SUPPORT
Exempts security guard transfers from I-594 Kirby (D-29) H Jud
HB 1521
SUPPORT
Returns NICS “delay” to three days (I-594) Taylor (R-15) H Jud
HB 1533
SUPPORT
Exempts guns loaned to museums from I-594 Van Werven (R-42) H Jud
HB 1535
SUPPORT
Exempts active LEOs from waiting period Klippert (R-8) H Jud
HB 1594
OPPOSE
Imitation firearms Wylie (D-49) H Jud
HB 1692
OPPOSE
Imitation firearms Wylie (D-49) H Jud
HB 1713
OPPOSE
Mental health/guns Cody (D-34) H Rules
HB 1722
OPPOSE
Short barreled rifles Hayes (R-10) H Jud
HB 1747
OPPOSE
Safe storage of firearms Kagi (D-32) H Jud
HB 1857
OPPOSE
Extreme protective orders Jinkins (D-27) H. Aprop.
HB 1886
SUPPORT
Repeals I-594 by popular vote Hunt (R-2) H Jud
HB 2031
SUPPORT
Tax exemption for firearm safety devices Harmsworth (R-44) H Jud
HB 2088
SUPPORT
Lowers age for CPL from 21 to 18 Shea (R-4) H Jud
HB 2089
SUPPORT
Expands CPL reciprocity; lowers age to 18 Shea (R-4) H Jud
HB 2164
SUPPORT
Broad list of exceptions to I-594 background checks Shea (R-4) H Jud
SSB 5036
NEUTRAL
Penalizes criminal misuse of body armor O’Ban (R-28) S. Rules
SB 5476
SUPPORT
Exempts active LEOs from waiting period Dammeier (R-25) S L&J
SB 5500
SUPPORT
Allows retired LEOs to carry on school grounds Roach (R-31) S. Rules
SB 5539
SUPPORT
Exempts LEO’s from three day waiting period Roach (R-31) S. Rules
SSB 5579
SUPPORT
Exempts licensed scty guards from b/g checks Dammeier (R-25) S. Rules
SB 5615
SUPPORT
Exempts military members from b/g checks Benton (R-17) S. Rules
SB 5643
OPPOSE
Mental health/guns O’Ban (R-28) S Ment Hlth
SB 5658
NEUTRAL
Reporting of mental health commitment Dansel (R-7) S. Rules
SB 5727
OPPOSE
Extreme protective orders Frockt (D-46) S L&J
SB 5789
OPPOSE
Safe storage of firearms Kohl-Welles (D-36) S L&J
SB 5831
SUPPORT
Restoration of firearm rights Honeyford (R-15) S. Rules
SB 6015
SUPPORT
NRA license plate Roach (R-31) S. Rules

ESHB = Engrossed Substitute House Bill, SHB/SSB = Substitute Bill (bill amended in committee), HB = House Bill, SB = Senate Bill, H. Aprop = House Appropriations, H. Jud. = House Judiciary, S. L&J = Senate Law & Justice, S. W&M = Senate Ways & Means

HEARING(S) 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).

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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Puyallup    20-21 February 2016

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“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

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