GOAL Post 2017-2
Legislative Update from Olympia – 13 January 2017
GUN RIGHTS RALLY
NO CUT-OFF CALENDAR YET
GUN BILLS FILED
PUBLIC HEARING SCHEDULED
GOAL POST LATE NEXT WEEK
A gun rights rally was conducted by the Gun Rights Coalition on the Capitol Campus this morning, with more than 100 activists braving frigid weather to attend. That appears to be a far better turnout that the group that attended the Attorney General’s gun control event a while back. But that’s no surprise “once you light a fire under gun owners” usually by threatening them with draconian legislation, they rise up and let their voices be heard.
Representatives of both political parties attended and spoke to the crowd, with Rep. Matt Shea (R-4) telling the audience he would file a bill to reverse the effect of I-594, the universal background check initiative passed two years ago.Two years must elapse before the legislature can amend an initiative.
“Cut-off dates” are those dates established at the beginning of a session by which bills must clear certain hurdles.As a general rule, bills that do not pass that particular gate are considered dead for the session, although exceptions can be made.At this point the 2017 Regular Session cut-off dates have not been adopted.
SB 5050, by Sen. David Frockt (D-46) is Attorney General Ferguson’s bill banning the possession and sale of so-called “assault weapons.”SB 5073 by Sen. John McCoy (D-38) implements recommendations from a joint legislative task force regarding the use of force by police officers. HB 1100, by Rep. Brian Blake (D-19) requires the Department of Licensing to mail a renewal notice to concealed pistol license holders 90 days before the date of expiration. HB 1122, by Rep. Ruth Kagi (D-22) provides up to felony penalties for failure to secure firearms and introduces the new term “community endangerment.”HB 1134, by Rep. Strom Peterson (D-21) is the House counterpart to SB 5050, the Attorney General’s assault weapon ban bill. HB 1181, by Rep. Brian Blake (D-19) would prohibit the Department of Licensing from retaining records of handguns purchased at retail or reported to the state by Federal Firearms Licensees. HB 1190, by Rep. Matt Shea (R-4) is essentially a simpler and more straightforward version of HB 1181.
HB 1100, requiring the Department of Licensing to mail renewal notices to CPL holders 90 days prior to expiration will be discussed in a public hearing in House Judiciary at 10:00 a.m. on 17 January.
Next week’s edition of the GOAL Post will likely come out on Saturday or Sunday evening as I will be working the annual SHOT (Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trades) show in Las Vegas next week.
HB 1000 Use of deadly force Doglio (D-22)H. Jud.
HB 1004 Possession of firearms/state of emergency Shea (R-4)H. Jud.
HB 1015 Limiting restrictions on concealed carry Shea (R-4)H. Jud.
HB 1100 CPL renewal notice Blake (D-19)H. Jud.
HB 1122 Safe storage of firearms Kagi (D-32)H. Jud.
HB 1134 Assault weapon ban Peterson H. Jud.
HB 1181 Prohibiting handgun sales registry Blake (D-19)H. Jud.
HB 1190 Prohibiting handgun sales registry Taylor (R-15)H. Jud.
SB 5000 Use of deadly force McCoy (D-38)S. L&J
SB 5050 Assault weapon ban Frockt (D-3)S. L&J
SB 5073 Use of force McCoy (D-38)S. L&J
H. Jud. = House Judiciary, S. L&J = Senate Law & Justice
GOAL POSITION ON BILLS
HB 1000 OPPOSE
HB 1004 SUPPORT
HB 1015 SUPPORT
HB 1100 SUPPORT
HB 1122 OPPOSE
HB 1134 OPPOSE
HB 1181 SUPPORT
HB 1190 SUPPORT
SB 5000 OPPOSE
SB 5050 OPPOSE
SB 5073 OPPOSE
PUBLIC HEARINGS SCHEDULED:
17 Jan House Judiciary House hearing Rm “A” John L. O’Brien Bldg
10:00 a.m. HB 1100
At this point, most of the Senate Law & Justice committee meetings are marked “bills to be determined,” so I can’t forecast any gun bill hearings at this time.
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!!!
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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