GOAL Post 2013-5

GOAL Post2013-5

Legislative Update from Olympia 15 February 2013

POLICY COMMITTEE CUT-OFF NEXT FRIDAY

MORE NEW BILLS FILED

PUBLIC HEARINGS HELD

EXECUTIVE SESSION HELD

BILL(S) PASS OUT OF COMMITTEE

EXECUTIVE SESSION SCHEDULED

PUBLIC HEARINGS SCHEDULED

First, a brief tutorial on bill action.A committee chair has almost
total control over whether he or she chooses to act on a bill (there is
a procedure to “relieve a committee” of a bill, but it’s rarely
invoked).To move through the process, a bill must normally receive a
public hearing, where citizens (and lobbyists) have an opportunity to
testify orally or submit a written statement about a bill.After
consideration of the public input, the bill may be scheduled for
“executive action” (a vote out of committee, usually done in conjunction
with public hearings on other bills).This is typically when bills may be
amended to reflect approved changes.Again, it is the committee chair’s
call as to whether to move forward with a bill or not.If a bill is voted
out of committee, a “bill report” is published, outlining any changes,
summarizing testimony, and what the vote was (which legislators voted
“aye” or “no” to move the bill.A bill then goes to the Rules Committee
to await a pull to the full chamber (House or Senate) floor for a vote,
or to one of the fiscal committees if the bill has fiscal impact.

Next Friday is the first chamber policy committee cut-off.Nominally, all
bills that have failed to get a hearing and be voted out of the policy
committee are dead for the session (again, exceptions can be made).Most
of the gun bills filed this year have NOT had a public hearing and will
likely die next Friday (22 February).The following week I’ll cull the
“Bill Status” listing to reflect only those bills still in play — still
under consideration..

Several new bills were introduced this week (keep in mind there is only
one week left before the policy committee cut-off).HB 1839 by Rep. Roger
Goodman (D-45) completes the action taken two years ago when successful
completion of a federal NICS check was added to the requirement for
issue of a Concealed Pistol License.ATF approved Washington as a
NICS-alternative state, meaning anyone with a valid CPL issued on or
after 22 July 2011 did not have to undergo a new NICS check to purchase
a firearm.This final step amends Washington law to waive the NICS
check.HB 1840, also by Rep. Roger Goodman (D-45), expands the number of
restraining or protective orders that include prohibition of firearm
possession.HB 1908 by Rep. Elizabeth Scott (R-39) amends Washington’s
“gun free school zone” law to allow firearm possession by contract
security personnel and adds an exception for transiting school property
to enter hunting areas.SB 5737 by Sen. Ed Murray (D-43) is a reprise of
the “assault weapon” ban bill that failed to pass out of committee
several years ago, with a new twist: it bans ANY barrel with a threaded
muzzle than can accept a suppressor.Duh!Suppressors are LEGAL in
Washington, Senator..

One I missed last week was SB 5660 by Sen. Maralyn Chase (D-32) that
would mandate an Eddie Eagle-style firearms training program starting in
school year 2014-15.One problem: the bill requires the program be
targeted at the K-12 level.Eddie Eagle is a gun avoidance program
intended to be presented to K-6 students.What 7-12 students need is the
NRA’s Home Firearm Safety program.

Public hearings were conducted on several bills this past week.The big
one was in House Judiciary on Wednesday, when testimony was taken on HBs
1147 (juvenile possession), 1588 (background checks), 1612 (firearm
offender registry) and 1676 (mandatory safe storage).HB 1588 drew most
of the attention, with opponents calling attention to several flaws in
the bill that would make it impossible to enforce.A substitute version
taking some of those issues into consideration was offered, but the
problems persist. Supposedly work is underway to further amend the
bill.Turnout for the hearing was significant, with an extra room opened
for the overflow.About 2/3 of the attendees were pro-gun, the remaining
third anti or supporting the bad bills.Something to keep in mind:most of
the anti-gun attendees were there on their boss’s dime, drawing full pay
to be there.Most pro-gun attendees had to take time off from work to
participate.Which one demonstrates greater commitment to their side of
the issue? The Senate Law & Justice Committee also held a public hearing
today on SB 5479 (law enforcement “safekeeping” of firearms).

On February 12th, the House Judiciary Committee passed a substitute
version of HB 1096 (juvenile illegal firearm possession).Changes to
address our concerns were made in the substitute bill, however our
concerns about proper application of the bill remain.. The bill now goes
to House Appropriations because of its potential fiscal impact. It also
passed a substitute version of HB 1383 (stalking/protection orders),
also addressing some of our concerns, but concerns remain.

At this time, the only bill scheduled for executive session (a committee
vote) is an amended version of HB 1588.

Public hearings are scheduled for three bills next week:HBs 1839 and
1840 and SB 5660.See details below.

public hearingsUnfortunately, at least two meetings of the Senate Law &
Justice Committee have no scheduled bills to be heard in public
testimony at this time.

SB 5660Sen EL2/21 1730

ph1096approp1530 2/21

BILL STATUS:

House Bill numbering begins with 1000; Senate Bills with 5000.The
following bills have been filed so far in the 2013-14 biennium:

Bill #SubjectSponsorStatus

HB 1096Juvi illegal firearm possessionHurst (D-31)H. Approp

HB 11471^st degree juvi unlawful possess.Goodman (D-45)H. Jud

HB 1184Range protectionTakko (D-19)H. Jud

HB 1318CPL renewal noticeTaylor (-15)H. Jud

HB 1371WA Firearms Freedom ActTaylor (R-15)H. Jud

HB 1383Stalking protection ordersGoodman (D-45)H. Jud

HB 1561Short barreled riflesBlake (D-19)H. Jud

HB 1588Background checksPedersen (D-43)H. Jud

HB 1612Firearm offender registryHope (R-44)H. Jud

HB 1676Mandatory safe storageKagi (D-32)H. Jud

HB 1703Gun “safety” training and taxJinkins (D-27)H. Jud

HB 1729Street gangsWarnick (R-13)H. Jud

HB 1788Firearms/school employeesPike (R-18)H. Jud

HB 1839Background checksGoodman (D-45)H. Jud

HB 1840Firearms/restraining ordersGoodman (D-45)H. Jud

HB 1908firearms on school propertyScott (R-39)H. Jud

SB 5282DSHS/WSP info exchangeCarrell (R-28)S. HS&C

SB 5376Juvi illegal firearm possessionKline (D-37)S. HS&C

SB 5452Stalking protection ordersConway (D-S. HS&C

SB 5478Firearms/mental health courtKeiser (D-33)S. L&J

SB 5479Safekeeping of firearmsKeiser (D-33)S. L&J

SB 5485Mandatory safe storageKline (D-37)S. L&J

SB 5604NRA license platesHatfield (D-19)S. Trans

HB 5625Background checksKline (D-37)S. L&J

SB 5635Restoration of firearm rightsKline (D-37)S. L&J

SB 5660Firearm safety educationChase (D-3)S. Early Learn

SB 5711Background checksKline (D-37)S. L&J

SB 5737Ban on sale of “assault weapons”Murray (D-43)S. L&J

Key to abbreviations:SB = Senate Bill, HB = House Bill, Jud = Judiciary,
L&J = Law & Justice, HS&C = Human Services & Corrections, Trans =
Transportation, Approp = Appropriations, Early Learn = Early Learning
and K-12 Education

GOAL POSITION ON BILLS

HB 1096CONCERNS

HB 1147CONCERNS

HB 1184SUPPORT

HB 1318SUPPORT

HB 1371SUPPORT

HB 1383CONCERNS

HB 1561SUPPORT

HB 1588AWAITING AMENDMENTS

HB 1612CONCERNS

HB 1676OPPOSE

HB 1703OPPOSE

HB 1729SUPPORT

HB 1788SUPPORT

HB 1839SUPPORT

HB 1840OPPOSE

HB 1908SUPPORT

SB 5282SUPPORT

SB 5376CONCERNS

SB 5452CONCERNS

SB 5478CONCERNS

SB 5479OPPOSE

SB 5485OPPOSE

SB 5604NEUTRAL

SB 5625OPPOSE

SB 5635OPPOSE

SB 5660SUPPORT

SB 5711OPPOSE

SB 5737OPPOSE

HEARING(S) SCHEDULED

20 FebHBs 1839, 1840House Judiciary Committee

8:00 a.m.House Hearing Room “A”John L. O’Brien Office Building

21 FebSB 5660Senate Committee on Early Learning and K-12

5:30 p.m.Senate Hearing Room “1”John A. Cherberg Senate Office Building

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!!!

1-800-562-6000TDD 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 http://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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