Legislative Update from Olympia
30 January 2015
(Late distribution due to the fact I was attending the annual meeting of the Florida Sport Shooting Association at the Manatee Gun Club in Myakka City, FL. Hopefully back on schedule this coming Friday.)
EIGHT MORE GUN BILLS FILED
MORE PUBLIC HEARINGS SCHEDULED
37 INITIATIVES FILED — NO GUNS
Eight new gun bills were filed this past week. HB 1713 (Cody, D-34) would allow the courts to take guns from those determined to be at high risk, a much lower standard than currently exists. HB 1722 (Hayes, R-10) clarifies short-barreled rifle provisions. HB 1747 (Kagi, D-32) is attempt #11 since 1997 to pass a bill that allegedly does not mandate “lock up your guns,” but criminalizes you if you don’t and a child gains access. This version is broader that previous versions which only applied to LOADED firearms; this one includes ALL firearms. HB 1857 (Jinkins, D-27) allows family members and others to petition a court to confiscate firearms from those deemed an “extreme risk.” HB 1886 (Hunt, R-2) would repeal I-594 in its entirety IF passed by a popular referendum.
SB 5643 (O’Ban, R-28) allows seizure of firearms from those deemed at risk because of mental health issues; again, this lowers the standard for disarmament. SB 5658 (Dansel, R-6) clarifies reporting requirements regarding commitment of individuals for mental health. SB 5727 (Frockt, D-46) is the Senate version of HB 1857.
28 firearm or firearm-related bills filed so far, and we’re only three weeks — 21 days — into the session!
Public hearings were conducted this past week on HB 1131 (possession of ivory), SB 5241 (possession of ivory) and SB 5500 (retired LEO carry on school campus). Links to the TVWashington video coverage of these bills may be found at the bottom of each bill page. A green-boxed link at the top of each page allows readers to submit comments on a bill.
Only two public hearings are scheduled for this week: HB 1713 in House Judiciary on 3 Fenbruary and SB 5658 in Senate Law & Justice on 5 February. Details below.
To date, 37 initiatives have been filed with the Secretary of State, all Initiatives to the People. At this point, NONE deal with firearms. Most are tax-related or deal with marijuana.
|Bill #||Subject||Prime sponsor||Status||Goal Position|
|HB 1119||Hunter education issues||Blake (D-17)||H. Ag/NatRes||SUPPORT|
|HB 1131||Prohibits sale/transfer of ivory||Pettigrew (D-37)||H. Ag/NatRes||OPPOSE|
|HB 1191||CPL renewal notices||Taylor (R-15)||H. Jud.||SUPPORT|
|HB 1193||Prohibiting gun owner data base||Taylor (R-15)||H. Jud.||SUPPORT|
|HB 1245||Repeals I-594||Shea (R-4)||H. Jud.||SUPPORT|
|HB 1324||Codifies castle doctrine and stand your ground Shea (R-4)||Shea (R-4)||H. Jud.||SUPPORT|
|HB 1433||Modifies Gun Free School Zone law||Scott (R-38)||H. Jud.||SUPPORT|
|HB 1474||Defense against animal attack||Taylor (R-15)||H. Jud.||SUPPORT|
|HB 1506||Exempts security guard transfers from I-594||Kirby (D-29)||H. Jud.||SUPPORT|
|HB 1521||Returns NICS “delay” to three days (I-594)||Taylor (R-15)||H. Jud.||SUPPORT|
|HB 1533||Exempts guns loaned to museums from I-594||Van Werven (R-42)||H. Jud.||SUPPORT|
|HB 1535||Exempts active LEOs from waiting period||Klippert (R-8)||H. Jud.||OPPOSE|
|HB 1713||Mental health/guns||Cody (D-34)||H. Jud.||OPPOSE|
|HB 1722||Short barreled rifles||Hayes (R-10)||H. Jud.||SUPPORT|
|HB 1747||Safe storage of firearms||Kagi (D-32)||H. Jud.||OPPOSE|
|HB 1857||Extreme protective orders||Jinkins (D-27)||H. Jud.||OPPOSE|
|HB 1886||Repeals I-594 by popular vote||Hunt (R-2)||H. Jud.||SUPPORT|
|SB 5036||Penalizes criminal misuse of body armor||O’Ban (R-28)||S. L&J||PENDING|
|SB 5241||Prohibits sale/transfer of ivory||Litzow (R-41)||S. NatRes/Parks||OPPOSE|
|SB 5381||Return of firearms held by law enforcement||Billig (D-3)||S. L&J||OPPOSE|
|SB 5476||Exempts active LEOs from waiting period||Dammeier (R-25)||S. L&J||SUPPORT|
|SB 5500||Allows retired LEOs to carry on school grounds||Roach (R-31)||S. L&J||SUPPORT|
|SB 5539||Exempts LEO’s from three day waiting period||Roach (R-31)||S. L&J||SUPPORT|
|SB 5579||Exempts licensed scty guards from b/g checks||Dammeier (R-25)||S. L&J||SUPPORT|
|SB 5615||Exempts military members from b/g checks||Benton (R-17)||S. L&J||SUPPORT|
|SB 5643||Mental health/guns||O’Ban (R-28)||S. HumSer||OPPOSE|
|SB 5658||Reporting of mental health commitment||Dansel (R-7)||S. L&J||NEUTRAL|
|SB 5727||Extreme protective orders||Frockt (D-46)||S. L&J||OPPOSE|
HB = House Bill, SB = Senate Bill, H. Jud. = House Judiciary, S. L&J = Senate Law & Justice, H. Ag/NatRes = House Agriculture & Natural Resources, S. NatRes/Parks = Senate Natural Resources & Parks, S. Hum Ser = Senate Human Services, Mental Health & Housing
|HB 1713||House Judiciary||HHR “A”||John L. O’Brien Building|
|3 Feb||10:00 a.m.|
|SB 5658||Senate Law & Justice||SHR “1”||John A. Cherberg Building|
|5 Feb||8:00 a.m.|
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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