GOAL Post 2014-2

GOAL Post                                                                                             2014-2
Legislative Update from Olympia                                                               20 January 2014

LEGISLATIVE CALENDAR ADOPTED

FOUR NEW BILLS FILED

NEW METHOD TO CONTACT LEGISLATORS

COMPETING RALLIES

INITIATIVES TO BE HEARD

One of the first orders of business for the legislature is adopting internal controls called “cut-off dates.”  These cut-offs force action on bills or allow them to die for the session.  If a bill fails to pass the specified cut-off, it is nominally dead for the session (subject to revival if the chamber – House or Senate – want it).  The cut-off dates for the 2013 session:

February 7       Bills must pass original policy committee

February 11     Bills with fiscal impact must pass first chamber fiscal committee

February 18     Bills must pass original chamber (House bills out of House, Senate bills out of
Senate)

February 29     Bills must pass second chamber policy committee

March 3           Bills with fiscal impact must pass second chamber fiscal committee

March 7           Bills must pass second chamber (except initiatives and alternate bills)

March 13         Legislature adjourns

Five new gun-related bills have been filed for this session.  HB 2324, by Rep, Matt Shea (R-4) codifies Washington’s “stand your ground” law and provides both criminal and civil immunity for individuals exercising their rights under the law, up to and including the use of lethal force if the situation warrants.  HB 2502, by Rep. Brad Klippert (R-8), waives the waiting period for handgun purchase for commissioned, full-time peace officers, just as the period is waived for CPL holders.

SB 6025, by Sen. Steve O’Ban (R-28), makes it a separate offense to use body armor during the commission of certain felonies.  SB 6066, by Sen. Jim Honeyford (R-15), provides for restoration of rights in some domestic violence misdemeanor cases.  SB 6198, by Sen. Pam Roach (R-31), provides immunity to established shooting ranges from nuisance noise-related lawsuits.

The Legislature has created a new means of input on bills directly to your legislators.  On the “Bill Information page at www.leg.wa.gov, type the bill number into the “search by bill number” block.  That will take you to the information about that particular bill… a link to the bill itself, a list of sponsors, a bill analysis when available, and the current status of the bill.  There is a new, dark green block just to the right of the bill number that reads “Comment on this bill.”  Clicking on that box takes you to a format page that allows you to identify your district’s legislators, state a position on the bill (support, oppose or neutral), and leave comments.  This can be a very useful tool in communicating directly with your elected officials.

Moms Demand Action, a gun control groups founded after the Newtown, CT, school shooting, held a rally in Olympia on Friday, 17 January.  Approximately 50 individuals participated.  The group claims statewide membership[ of about 1,200.  Washington Ceasefire, our state’s longtime gun control advocacy group, claims 5,000+ members.  On Sunday, approx imately 200 individuals fell out for a pro-gun rally on the Capitol Campus.  Washington has more than 400,000 CPL holders, NRA membership approaches (or surpasses — I don’t have current figures) 100,000, and the Washington Arms Collectors alone boasts 20,000 members.

Although next week’s schedule has not been published yet, we have been informed Initiatives 591 and 594 will be the subject of public hearings in the House Judiciary and Senate Law & Justice Committees on Tuesday, 28 January and Wednesday, 29 January, respectively.  MOre information on this as it becomes available.  If you can make it to Olympia on either or both of these days, please plan to do so.  In 2007, when SB 5197 (a “gun show loophole” bill) was heard in Senate Labor & Commerce, about 60 supporters of the bill showed up — versus more than 350 opponents.  We forced them to open three overflow rooms to accommodate the participamnts.

BILL STATUS:

The following 28 bills filed in 2013 remain under consideration in the 2014 session:

 

Bill #

Subject

Sponsor

Status

GOAL Position

HB 1096 Juvi illegal firearm possession Hurst (D-31) H. Rules Concerns
HB 1147 1st degree juvenile unlawful possession Goodman (D-45) H. Jud Concerns
HB 1184 Range protection Takko (D-19) H. Jud Support
HB 1318 CPL renewal notice Taylor (R-15) H. Jud Support
HB 1371 WA Firearms Freedom Act Taylor (R-15) H.Jud Support
HB 1561 Short barreled rifles Blake (D-19) H. Jud Support
SHB 1588 Background checks Pedersen (D-43) H. Rules Oppose
HB 1676 Mandatory safe storage Kagi (D-32) H. Jud Oppose
HB 1703 Gun “safety” training and tax Jinkins (D-27)  H. Jud Oppose
HB 1729 Street gangs Warnick (R-13) H. Jud Support
HB 1788 Firearms/school employees Pike (R-18)  H. Jud Support
SHB 1839 Background checks Goodman (D-45) H. Rules Support
HB 1840 Firearms/restraining orders Goodman (D-45) H. Rules Oppose
HB 1908 Firearms on school property Scott (R-39)  H. Jud Support
HB 2020 Firearms-related jobs Shea (R-4) H. Jud Support
HB 2164 Juvenile firearm possession Orwall (D-33) H. Jud Evaluating
HB 2324 Use of Force. Shea (R-4) H. Jud Support
HB 2502 Delivery to Peace Officers. Klippert (R-8) H. Jud Support
SB 5376 Juvenile illegal firearm possession Kline (D-37)  S. W&M Concerns
SSB 5452 Stalking protection orders Conway (D-29) S. Rules Concerns
SB 5478 Firearms/mental health court Keiser (D-33) S. L&J Concerns
SB 5479 Safekeeping of firearms Keiser (D-33)  S. L&J Oppose
SB 5485 Mandatory safe storage Kline (D-37)  S. L&J Oppose
SB 5604 NRA license plates Hatfield (D-19)  S. Trans Neutral
SB 5625 Background checks Kline (D-37)  S. L&J Oppose
SB 5635 Restoration of firearm rights Kline (D-37)  S. L&J Oppose
SB 5660 Firearm safety education Chase (D-32)  S. K-12 Support
SB 5710 Mandatory safe storage Kohl-Welles (D-46)  S. L&J Oppose
SB 5711 Background checks Kline (D-37)  S. L&J Oppose
SB 5737 Ban on sale of “assault weapons” Murray (D-43) S. L&J Oppose
SB 5739 Ban on guns in parks Murray (D-43) S. L&J Oppose
SB 5831 Prohibits double tax on clay pigeons Rivers (R-18) 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 6066 Restoration of Rights Honeyford (R-15) S. L&J Support
SB 6198 Protecting Sport Shooting Ranges. Roach (R-31)
Hargrove
(D-24)
S. L&J  Support

Key to abbreviations: S. = Senate, H. = House, Jud = Judiciary, K-12 = Education, L&J = Law & Justice, Trans = Transportation, W&M = Ways and Means

HEARING(S) SCHEDULED:

None scheduled

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.

GET THE WORD OUT:  If you want to subscribe to the GOAL Post by e-mail, send a message to “[email protected]” or to [email protected].  Please pass GOAL Post on to anyone you believe may have an interest in protecting our rights.  Better yet, make a couple of copies of this message, post it on your gun club’s bulletin board, and leave copies with your local gun shop(s).  PERMISSION IS HEREBY GRANTED TO DUPLICATE OR REDISTRIBUTE GOAL POST PROVIDED IT IS REPRODUCED IN ITS ENTIRETY WITHOUT TEXTUAL MODIFICATION AND CREDIT IS GIVEN TO GOAL.  I can be reached at “[email protected]” or by telephone at (425) 985-4867.  Unfortunately, I am unable to mail hard copy GOAL Post to individuals.  Limited numbers of hard copies MAY be available at the Second Amendment Foundation book table at WAC gun shows.

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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