GOAL Post 2014-6

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:

Bill #

Subject

Sponsor

Status

GOAL Position

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
short-barreled rifles.
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.
Overstreet (R-42) Died
H. Finance.
Support
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
H. Jud.
Support
SB 5376 Juvenile illegal firearm possession Kline (D-37) Died
S. W&M
Concerns
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
S. Trans
Neutral
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
S. K-12
Support
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
S. Rules
Support
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)
Hargrove
(D-24)
Died S. L&J Support
SB 6199 Addressing wildfires caused by incendiary devices. Braun (R-20)
Hargrove (D-24)
S. Rules Support
SB 6245 Surrender of CPL. Dansel (R-7)
Hargrove (D-24)
S. Rules Concerns
SB 6281 Ensuring an effective hunter education program Roach (R-31)
Pedersen (D-43)
S. Rules Support
*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

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

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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Upcoming WAC gun show(s):

Monroe 15-16 February

Puyallup 22-23 February

“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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