GOAL Post 2017-6
Legislative Update from Olympia – 10 February 2017
NEW BILL(S) FILED
DROPPING HB 1784/SB 52 56 FROM TRACKING
POSITION CHANGE ON SB 5441
NEED HELP ON HB 1933/SB 5506
PUBLIC HEARINGS HELD
PUBLIC HEARINGS SCHEDULED
POLICY COMMITTEE CUT-OFF DATE NEXT FRIDAY, 17 FEB
ACTION ON BILLS
SB 5795, by Senator Chase (D-32), would mandate firearm owners have personal liability insurance to purchase or possess any firearm. No minimum coverage amount is specified, but you must show your policy to the FFL to purchase a firearm.
After a deeper evaluation of HB 1384/SB 5256, I am dropping them from the gun bill tracking list. As clarified, a “sexual assault protection order” is separate and distinct from a domestic violence protection order and is NOT to be used in lieu of a DV protection order. It does NOT automatically prohibit firearm possession.
After consulting with law enforcement professionals, I am changing the GOAL position on SB 5441 (involuntary freeze on firearm possession) from “OPPOSE” to “NEUTRAL.” The “consultees” are both rock solid pro-gun individuals with more than 60 years combined law enforcement experience, most of it on the street.
Washington gun owners need a push on HB 1933 and SB 5506. These bills would allow transfer of a firearm without I-594 background check at non-profit events such as Ducks Unlimited or Friends of NRA dinners. HB 1933 has not been scheduled for a hearing in House Judiciary. SB 5506 was considered in a public hearing but no executive session (committee vote) has been scheduled. If no action is taken on these bills by next Friday (17 Feb), they are dead for the session. Please call or e-mail your Representatives and ask them to push HB 1933 in House Judiciary and your Senator to push SB 5506 in Senate Law & Justice.
Public hearings were conducted last week on HB 1100, HB 1501 and HB 1731. No executive action (committee vote on HB 1100 yet. Executive session (committee vote) on HBs 1501 and 1731 are scheduled for 16 Feb, along with HBs 1122, 1387, 1529 and SB s 5506 and 5552.the last day to get bills out of committee.
(After the hearings, and outside (state agency, other public agency, private citizen) input is heard, the committee staff prepares a “bill report” that describes the effect of the bill as submitted, a summary of public testimony, and includes any amendments to the bill offered by legislators. The bill next has to be scheduled for a vote (passage) in executive session, by the committee chair. Once a vote is taken – IF a vote is taken (not all bills heard get an up or down vote) — the bill dies in committee or moves on, either to the Rules committee awaiting a floor vote, or to a fiscal committee for their review.)
A public hearing is scheduled for SB 5441 in Senate Law & Justice on Thursday, 15 Feb at 1:30 p.m.
Next Friday is the original chamber policy committee cut-off day, meaning all House Bills that have not passed out of their original policy committee are (nominally) dead for the session, with the exception of bills with a fiscal impact – they have an extra seven days to pass out of one of the fiscal committees (Appropriations or Ways & Means). I threw the word “nominally” in there because a bill CAN be resurrected after missing a cut-off, but it’s extremely rare.
(Just for information, almost 2,200 bills have been filed so far in this session. As stated before, many are filed, few receive action.)
BILL STATUS/GOAL POSITION:
HB 1000 Use of deadly force
Doglio (D-22) H. PubSaf.
HB 1004 Possession of firearms/state of emergency
Shea (R-4) H. Jud.
HB 1015 Limiting restrictions on concealed carry S
hea (R-4) H. Jud.
HB 1100 CPL renewal notice
Blake (D-19) H. Aprop
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.
HB 1380 Repeals I-594
Shea (R-4) H. Jud.
HB 1381 Universal recognition of all state CPLs
Blake (D-19) H. Jud.
HB 1387 Assault weapons background check
Jinkins (D-27) H. Jud.
HB 1388 Bans firearm possession in cannabis shops
Cody (D-34) H. HC
HB 1483 Allows destruction of forfeited firearms
Lovick (D-44) H. Rules
HB 1501 Illegal purchase of firearms
Hansen (D-23) H. Jud.
HB 1529 Use of force
Ryu (D-32) H. PubSaf
HB 1592 Delivery of firearms to LEOs
Klippert (R) H. Jud.
HB 1725 I-594 check exemption for CPL holders
Koster (R-44) H. Jud.
HB 1731 Certain exemptions to I-594
Jinkins (D-27) H. Jud.
HB 1900 Hunter Ed funding/NRA license plates
Griffey (R-35) H. Trans.
HB 1933 Transfer of firearms at non-profit events
Walsh (R-19) 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
SB 5216 Firearm safety education in schools
O’Ban (R-28) S. K-12
SB 5259 Bans firearm possession in cannabis shops
Rivers (R-18) S. HC
SB 5268 CPL renewal notice
Takko (D-19) S. Rules
SB 5441 Involuntary freeze on firearm possession
Kuderer (D-) S. L&J
SB 5444 Background check for “assault weapons”
Frockt (D-46) S. L&J
SB 5463 Mandatory safe storage of firearms
Palumbo (D) S. L&J
SB 5506 Transfer of firearms at non-profit events
Zeiger (R-25) S. L&J
SB 5552 Certain exemptions to I-594
Pedersen (D-43) S. Rules
SB 5553 Suicidal, waiver of rights
Pedersen (D-43) S. L&J
SB 5795 Mandatory firearm liability insurance
Chase (D-32) S. L&J
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:
15 Feb Senate Human Services
Senate Hearing Room “2”
John A. Cherberg Bldg
1:30 p.m. SB 5441
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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