GOAL Post 2017-11
Legislative Update from Olympia 17 March 2017
SECOND HALF OF SESSION BEGINS
ONE BILL MOVES
BILLS SCHEDULED FOR HEARINGS
SECOND CHAMBER POLICY COMMITTEE CUT-OFF
The committee hearing/vote/floor session cycle has started all over again, after the 8 March original chamber cut-off. As House bills move through the Senate and vice versa, the next critical cut-off date is Wednesday, 29 March — nearly two weeks off. The second half of the long session is off to a slow start. Of the five gun bills we are tracking, two had public hearings (1612 and 5268) and one passed out of committee (5552).
Senate Bill 5552, relaxing SOME of the background checks under I-594, passed out of 5552 amended and out of the House Judiciary Committee on what appeared to be a unanimous a voice vote on Wednesday. The bill was amended in committee to add firearms loaned to veterans color guards to the list of background check exemptions.
Recall this is the bill that COULD be amended to add CPL holders to the exemption list. That would change it from minor tweaks to a major pro-gun bill. But that’s going to take pressure from constituents. The bill can be further amended on the House floor at the end of March/early April..
At this point, two bills (1100, 1501) are scheduled for public hearings and an executive session for 5268. Details below.
BILL STATUS/GOAL POSITION:
SHB 1100 CPL renewal notice
Blake (D-19) S. L&J SUPPORT
HB 1501 Illegal purchase of firearms
Hansen (D-23) S. L&J SUPPORT
2SHB 1612 Suicide prevention
Orwall (D-33) S. HumSerSUPPORT
SB 5268 CPL renewal notice
Takko (D-19) H. Jud. SUPPORT
SB 5552 Certain exemptions to I-594
Pedersen (D-43) H. Rules SUPPORT
L&J = Law & Justice, Jud = Judiciary, HumSer = Human Services, Aprop = Appropriations, Fin = Finance, W&M = Ways & Means “S” before a bill number indicates Substitute (amended).
PUBLIC HEARING SCHEDULED:
21 Mar Senate Law & Justice Senate Hearing Room “4” John A. Cherberg Bldg
10:00 a.m. HB 1100
22 Mar House Judiciary House Hearing Room “A” John L. O’Brien Bldg
8:00 a.m. SB 5268 (executive session)
23 Mar Senate Law & Justice Senate Hearing Room “4” John L. O’Brien Bldg
10:00 a.m. SB 1501
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). Each bill’s web page contains a link to any public hearing at the bottom of the page.
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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