Legislative Update from Olympia
06 March 2015
BILLS LIVE, DIE
FIVE DAYS UNTIL CHAMBER CUT-OFF
PROCESS STARTS OVER NEXT THURSDAY
I normally don’t cover non-firearm-related bills, but I’ll mention these two just once. Two bills, part of the “Freedom Agenda” push by conservative legislators, have passed out of the House. HB 1440, by Rep. David Taylor (R-15) prohibits the use of various cellphone collection technologies without authorization by a warrant, or consent by the cellphone user. Among these is the so-called “Stingray” device, a cellphone signal interceptor. HB 1639, also by Rep. Taylor, essentially does the same for unattended aerial vehicles (drones). No warrant, no lookee — or at least no entry as evidence into court. 1639 also creates a “cause of action” whereby a citizen may sue if he/she feels his/her rights have been violated. Both reaffirm the need for a warrant before this emerging technology is used in collecting information/evidence from citizens.
The U.S. Supreme Court has already ruled that the protections of the Bill of Rights extend to new technologies (as Justice Scalia did in his majority opinion in the Heller (2008) case, noting that the Second Amendment protects new firearm technologies such as “assault weapons.), but it’s nice to see the state legislature reaffirm this principle. On the down side, they allow exceptions for “emergencies.” The extent to which this will be abused remains to be seen. I’m NOT adding either bill to the BILL STATUS column.
All the action is still on the House and Senate floors, with bills being voted up or down. An asterisk in front of the bill number indicates action taken this week, and the “Status” at the end of that line indicates where the bill currently sits. Opposite chamber assignments are as noted. HB 1731 has been moved to the House “X”-file, typically the holding pattern until next session — an unusual move in mid-session. The watered down Senate companion bill, SB 5381 passed the Senate and now sits in House Judiciary for the second half of the session.
There are five days left until the chamber cut-off — Wednesday, 11 March at 5 p.m., the day all bills must pass their original chamber and move to the other side. Despite marathon floor sessions, some bills simply won’t make the deadline. To paraphrase Matthew 22:14, many bills are filed but few are passed. (Even those few are probably too many.)
Next Thursday, 12 March, the whole process starts over again, with House bills being heard in the Senate and Senate bills in the House. They have to pass a policy committee, possibly a fiscal committee, then move on for a floor vote in the entire House or Senate. Bills that pass without amendment go direct to Governor Inslee for his action — sign, veto, partial veto, or allow to become law without his signature. Bills that are amended on the opposite side must be returned to the originating chamber for approval or a conference committee.
|Bill #||Subject||Prime sponsor||Status|
|Mental health/guns||Cody (D-34)||H. Rules|
|Return of firearms held by law enforcement||Ormsby (D-3)||“X”-file|
|Penalizes criminal misuse of body armor||O’Ban (R-28)||S. Rules|
|Return of firearms held by law enforcement||Billig (D-3)||H. Judiciary|
|Allows retired LEOs to carry on school grounds||Roach (R-31)||S. Rules|
|Exempts LEO’s from three day waiting period||Roach (R-31)||S. Rules|
|Exempts licensed security guards from b/g checks||Dammeier (R-25)||S. Rules|
|Exempts military members from b/g checks||Benton (R-17)||S. Rules|
|Reporting of mental health commitment||Dansel (R-7)||Passed Senate|
|Restoration of firearm rights||Honeyford (R-15)||S. Rules|
|NRA License Plate||Roach (R-31)||S. Rules|
* indicates change in status this week
SHB/SSB = Substitute Bill (bill amended in committee), HB = House Bill, SB = Senate Bill, H. Aprop = House Appropriations, 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, H. GenGov = House General Government & Info Technology, S. Trans = Senate Transportation
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