GOAL Post 2014-6
Legislative Update from Olympia 14 February 2014
FIRST FISCAL CUT-OFF PASSES
BILLS DIE, BILLS MOVE
CHAMBER CUT-OFF NEXT TUESDAY
INITIATIVES DORMANT IN COMMITTEE
GOVERNOR DECLARES MORATORIUM ON EXECUTIONS
Bills requiring fiscal/appropriations action are given a few more days to pass out of those committees. That cut-off passed earlier this week. A few more bills died at that time.
A few bills changed status over the past week. HBs 1840 (restraining orders/guns) and 2164 (juvenile firearms/counseling) passed out of the House and now sit in Senate Law & Justice awaiting action. The GOAL position on HB 1840 changed from OPPOSE to NEUTRAL after an NRA-approved amendment was adopted to limit its impact. HB 2459 (hunter safety) and SB 6416 (delivery to LEOs) passed out of committee to House and Senate Rules, respectively, awaiting a vote of the full chamber.
Reminder: next week I’ll drop off the Bill Status list all of the bills that died over the past two cut-off dates. That will cut the list down to a manageable number and not distract you with bills no longer in play.
Next Tuesday, 18 February, is the chamber cut-off. All House bills must pass out of the House, Senate bills out of the Senate, to remain under consideration. Exceptions are allowed, especially for fiscal bills.
Both Initiatives 591 (pro-gun) and 594 (anti-gun) remain in the House Judiciary and Senate Law & Justice Committees, where they will likely remain for the remainder of the session — then automatically go on to the public in the November general election. http://wagunrights.org/
Earlier this week, Governor Inslee announced a moratorium on carrying out the death sentence on the small number of inmates on Washington’s death row. Inslee claims he has reservations about the criminal justice system. It is fully within his authority as governor to sign execution warrants or decline to do so. The question to be asked is, is this a belief he has held for some time. He swore an oath as governor to “faithfully execute the laws of the state.” That includes signing death warrants.
I doubt if the governor’s “reservations” developed overnight. In that case, it should have been brought up during the campaign. I also note that the governor declined to consult with most County Prosecutors before making this decision. If he thought the state’s criminal justice system was broken, maybe he should have run for Attorney General rather than Governor. The way he did it looks like simple pandering to his liberal base.
BILL STATUS/GOAL POSITION:
The following bills remain under consideration in the 2014 session:
|HB 1096||Juvi illegal firearm possession||Hurst (D-31)||Died H. Jud.||Concerns|
|HB 1147||1st degree juvenile unlawful possession||Goodman (D-45)||Died H. Jud||Concerns|
|HB 1184||Range protection||Takko (D-19)||Died H. Jud||Support|
|HB 1318||CPL renewal notice||Taylor (R-15)||Died H. Jud||Support|
|HB 1371||WA Firearms Freedom Act||Taylor (R-15)||Died H.Jud||Support|
|HB 1561||Short barreled rifles||Blake (D-19)||Died H. Jud||Support|
|SHB 1588||Background checks||Pedersen (D-43)||Died H. Jud||Oppose|
|HB 1676||Mandatory safe storage||Kagi (D-32)||Died H. Jud||Oppose|
|HB 1703||Gun “safety” training and tax||Jinkins (D-27)||Died H. Jud||Oppose|
|HB 1729||Street gangs||Warnick (R-13)||Died H. Jud||Support|
|HB 1788||Firearms/school employees||Pike (R-18)||Died H. Jud||Support|
|SHB 1839||Background checks||Goodman (D-45)||Died H. Rules||Support|
|*HB 1840||Firearms/restraining orders||Goodman (D-45)||S. L&J||Neutral|
|HB 1908||Firearms on school property||Scott (R-39)||Died H. Jud||Support|
|HB 2020||Firearms-related jobs||Shea (R-4)||Died H. Jud||Support|
|*HB 2164||Juvenile firearm possession||Orwall (D-33)||S. L&J||Support|
|HB 2324||Use of Force.||Shea (R-4)||Died H. Jud||Support|
|*HB 2459||Ensuring Hunter Safety||Blake (D-19)||H. Rules||Support|
|HB 2475||Making state law consistent with federal law regarding short-barreled shotguns and
|Overstreet (R-42)||Died H. Jud.||Support|
|HB 2502||Delivery to Peace Officers.||Klippert (R-8)||Died H. Jud||Support|
|HB 2529||Concerning a sales tax exemption for firearms and firearm ammunition to encourage
the purchase within the borders of Washington state.
|HB 2551||Protecting the constitutionally guaranteed right to the lawful possession of firearms during an emergency||Overstreet (R-42)||Died H. Jud.||Support|
|HB 2664||Defense against animals||Taylor(R-15)||Died
|SB 5376||Juvenile illegal firearm possession||Kline (D-37)||Died
|SSB 5452||Stalking protection orders||Conway (D-29)||S. Rules||Concerns|
|SB 5478||Firearms/mental health court||Keiser (D-33)||Died S. L&J||Concerns|
|SB 5479||Safekeeping of firearms||Keiser (D-33)||Died S. L&J||Oppose|
|SB 5485||Mandatory safe storage||Kline (D-37)||Died S. L&J||Oppose|
|SB 5604||NRA license plates||Hatfield (D-19)||Died
|SB 5625||Background checks||Kline (D-37)||Died S. L&J||Oppose|
|SB 5635||Restoration of firearm rights||Kline (D-37)||Died S. L&J||Oppose|
|SB 5660||Firearm safety education||Chase (D-32)||Died
|SB 5710||Mandatory safe storage||Kohl-Welles (D-46)||Died S. L&J||Oppose|
|SB 5711||Background checks||Kline (D-37)||Died S. L&J||Oppose|
|SB 5737||Ban on sale of “assault weapons”||Murray (D-43)||Died S. L&J||Oppose|
|SB 5739||Ban on guns in parks||Murray (D-43)||Died S. L&J||Oppose|
|SB 5831||Prohibits double tax on clay pigeons||Rivers (R-18)||Died
|SB 5956||Short-barreled rifles||Hatfield (D-19)||S. L&J||Support|
|SB 6025||Use of Body Armor||O’ban (R-28)||S. L&J||Neutral|
|SB 6039||Ensuring Hunter Safety||Pearson (R-39)||S. W&M||Support|
|SB 6066||Restoration of Rights||Honeyford (R-15)||Died S. L&J||Support|
|SB 6198||Protecting Sport Shooting Ranges.||Roach (R-31)
|Died S. L&J||Support|
|SB 6199||Addressing wildfires caused by incendiary devices.||Braun (R-20)
|SB 6245||Surrender of CPL.||Dansel (R-7)
|SB 6281||Ensuring an effective hunter education program||Roach (R-31)
|*SB 6416||Delivery to Peace Officers||Hatfield(D-19)||S. Rules||Support|
|I-591||Protect Gun Rights||H. Jud & Senate L&J||Support|
|I-594||Universal background checks/registration||H. Jud & Senate L&J||Oppose|
Key to abbreviations: S. = Senate, H. = House, Ag/NatRes = Agriculture/Natural Resources, Fin = Finance, Jud = Judiciary, K-12 = Education, L&J = Law & Justice, NatRes = Natural Resources & Parks, Trans = Transportation, W&M = Ways and Means
* = status change this past week
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
You can also use the direct link available on each bill’s web page to contact your legislators by clicking on “Comment on this bill.”
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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