GOAL Post 2017-5 Legislative Update from Olympia – 3 February 2017

GOAL Post 2017-5
Legislative Update from Olympia – 3 February 2017

NEW BILLS FILED
PUBLIC HEARINGS HELD
PUBLIC HEARINGS SCHEDULED
ACTION ON BILL(S) – OR LACK THEREOF

A few new gun bills were introduced this week. HB 1592, by Rep. Klippert (R)8) waives the handgun delivery waiting period for active commissioned police officers as currently exists for CPL holders. Long overdue. HB 1900, by Rep. Griffey (R)35) authorizes issue of a special “NRA” license plate to help fund hunter education programs. HB 1933, by Rep. Rep. Walsh (R)19) waives the I-594 background check requirement for firearms transferred via a not-for-profit activity such a Friends of NRA or Ducks Unlimited.
(Note on HB 1900: The current listed position on HB 1900 is “neutral.” Not because I oppose funding hunter ed or have a problem with the NRA – I have been a life member of that organization for several decades – but that I believe we would be better served by a plate that recognizes the Second Amendment to the bill of Rights as broader and more inclusive. I would also add that we have two national gun rights organizations based right here in Washington – why single out just the NRA? Disclosure: I have worked for both SAF and CCRKBA, and I have been an NRA election volunteer coordinator and certified firearms safety instructor.)
Correction: HB 1100 (renewal notice for CPL) now sits in House Appropriations awaiting a determination of fiscal impact and a committee vote.
Public hearings were held on several bills last week. Of particular interest was the hearing in House Judiciary conducted on February 2nd. Historically, pro-gun individuals out number anti-gunners at these events. It appears the other side has noticed this and went out of their way to make a strong showing on Thursday. They wore orange and filled the room early, effectively hogging the camera coverage. We need to do better, gang. I was also told that there were a couple of buses, including one school bus, parked outside that may have carried these individuals to Olympia, also not a new tactic of the left. A similar incident occurred in Tallahassee, Florida, last week, when dozens of women wearing “Everytown for Gun Safety” orange t-shirts crammed a gun bill hearing. Funny thing, when the hearing ended, the women were seen turning their t-shirts over to a few League of Women Voters “volunteers.” “Everytown” is a Michael Bloomberg front group and LWV never met a gun control bill they did not support.
Public hearings are scheduled next week on HB 1100 (CPL renewal notice) and HB 1731 (exceptions to I-594). Details below.
HB 1384 (Sexual force protection order) was amended in committee to allow for a rehearing to end or limit the court order. It passed out of committee on a 12-1 vote and moves to House Rules, the “holding pattern” for a full floor vote. The bill is still offensive in that it puts the burden of proof on the accused to show he/she poses no threat.
SB 5260 (CPL renewal notice) passed out of Senate Law & Justice and now awaits a call to the Senate floor out of Rules.
Note that just as which bills are heard by a committee is solely at the discretion of the committee chair, so is the decision to call a bill up for a committee vote. With two weeks left until the first (policy committee) cut-off, most bills have not been scheduled for a hearing. We may see a last-week rush, we may not. This is where your contact with legislators is important – to push to hear a bill or block it – grassroots lobbying at its best.

BILL STATUS/GOAL POSITION:

HB 1000 Use of deadly force
Doglio (D)22) H. Jud.
OPPOSE

HB 1004 Possession of firearms/state of emergency
Shea (R)4) H. Jud.
SUPPORT

HB 1015 Limiting restrictions on concealed carry
Shea (R)4) H. Jud.
SUPPORT

HB 1100 CPL renewal notice
Blake (D)19) H. Aprop
SUPPORT

HB 1122 Safe storage of firearms
Kagi (D)32) H. Jud.
OPPOSE

HB 1134 Assault weapon ban
Peterson H. Jud.
OPPOSE

HB 1181 Prohibiting handgun sales registry
Blake (D)19) H. Jud.
SUPPORT

HB 1190 Prohibiting handgun sales registry
Taylor (R)15) H. Jud.
SUPPORT

HB 1380 Repeals I-594
Shea (R)4) H. Jud.
SUPPORT

HB 1381 Universal recognition of all state CPLs
Blake (D)19) H. Jud.
SUPPORT

HB 1384 Sexual force protection order
Goodman (D)45) H. Jud. O
PPOSE

HB 1387 Assault weapons background check
Jinkins (D)27) H. Jud.
OPPOSE

HB 1388 Bans firearm possession in cannabis shops
Cody (D)34) H.HC
NEUTRAL

HB 1483 Allows destruction of forfeited firearms
Lovick (D)44) H. Jud.
OPPOSE

HB 1501 Illegal purchase of firearms
Hansen (D)23) H. Jud.
SUPPORT

HB 1529 Use of force
Ryu (D)32) H. PubSaf
OPPOSE

HB 1592 Deliver of firearms to LEOs
Klippert (R) H. Jud.
SUPPORT

HB 1725 I-594 check exemption for CPL holders
Koster (R)44) H. Jud.
SUPPORT

HB 1731 Certain exemptions to I-594
Jinkins (D27) H. Jud.
SUPPORT

HB 1900 Hunter ed funding/NRA license plates
Griffey (R) H. Trans.
NEUTRAL

HB 1933 Transfer of firearms at non-profit events
Walsh (R) H. Jud.
SUPPORT

SB 5000 Use of deadly force
McCoy (D)38) S. L&J
OPPOSE

SB 5050 Assault weapon ban
Frockt (D)3) S. L&J
OPPOSE

SB 5073 Use of force
McCoy (D)38) S. L&J
OPPOSE

SB 5216 Firearm safety education in schools
O’Ban (R)28) S. K-12
SUPPORT

SB 5256 Sexual force protection order
Fain (R)47) S. L&J
OPPOSE

SB 5259 Bans firearm possession in cannabis shops
Rivers (R)18) S. HC
NEUTRAL

SB 5268 CPL renewal notice
Takko (D)19) S. Rules
SUPPORT

SB 5441 Involuntary freeze on firearm possession
Kuderer (D)) S. L&J
OPPOSE

SB 5444 Background check for “assault weapons”
Frockt (D)46) S. L&J
OPPOSE

SB 5463 Mandatory safe storage of firearms
Palumbo (D) S. L&J
OPPOSE

SB 5506 Transfer of firearms at non-profit events
Zeiger (R)25) S. L&J
SUPPORT

SB 5552 Certain exemptions to I-594
Pedersen (D)43) S. L&J
SUPPORT

SB 5553 Suicidal, waiver of rights
Pedersen (D)43) S. L&J
NEUTRAL

S. L&J = Senate Law & Justice, H. Jud = House Judiciary, H. PubSaf = House Public Safety, S. HC = Senate Health Care, H. K-12 = House Early education, H. HC = House Health Care, Aprop = Appropriations

PUBLIC HEARING SCHEDULED:

7 Feb House Judiciary
House Hearing Room “A” John L. O’Brien Bldg
10:00 a.m. HB 1731

9 Feb House Appropriations
House Hearing Room “A” John L. O’Brien Bldg
3:30 p.m. HB 1100

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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Upcoming WAC gun show(s):
Puyallup 04-05 February
Monroe 18-19 February

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Article 1, Section 24
Constitution of the State of Washington

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