GOAL Post 2017-7
Legislative Update from Olympia – 17 February 2017
GOAL POST DISTRIBUTION ISSUES
NEW BILLS COVERED
POLICY COMMITTEE CUT-OFF PASSES, BILLS DIE
FISCAL COMMITTEE CUT-OFF NEXT FRIDAY
MOST ACTION SHIFTS TO THE FLOOR
GOAL Post 2017-6 was published last Friday, but apparently did not receive complete distribution.
I’ve been publishing GOAL Post since 2000, primarily in direct e-mail format through my home ISP. As the subscriber list grew, I broke it up into segments of about 200 names each. Every Friday night during session, no problem. Compose message, hit “send” button, and it magically goes out of my mailbox into yours. Try wagoal.org or on Facebook its Gun Owners Action League of Washington.
Until last Friday, when all of the batches were kicked back, theoretically as spam I will continue to try e-mail, but I’m working on alternatives, among them, posting GOAL Post on the web pages of the Washington Arms Collectors and the Washington State Rifle & Pistol Association. About 18 months ago, a friend and co-worker created a “GOAL” web site which I never paid much attention to, as he merely posted the current GOAL Post during session. Unfortunately he passed away last year, and at this point I cannot access the site.
Two more bills I should have been tracking deal with firearms in the broader sense, but do not come under RCW 9.41, our state’s firearms code. HB 1270, by Rep. Harmsworth (R-43) encourages voluntary use of firearm locking devices by offering a tax saving. A similar law waiving the sales tax on gun safes was passed nearly 20 years ago. HB 1612, by Rep. Orwall (D-33) expands on the suicide prevention program initiated last year, and supported by gun rights organizations. Both bills are still alive.
Tonight is the first major cut-off day, when all bills must pass out of their policy committee. Those that are not moving forward are most likely dead for the session. That’s about 2/3 of them, good or bad. The “Bill Status” column below shows the current status for each bill we’re tracking. Basically, if it doesn’t have a position in Rules or a fiscal committee, it’s dead for the session.
Remember, nothing is really “dead” until the fat lady sings, on April 23rd. While rare, extraordinary action may be taken to revive a bill, or even file a new one.
The good news is that Attorney General Bob Ferguson’s flagship bills banning and/or registering so-called “assault weapons” all died in committee. They tried to salvage the registration bill in the House by watering it down, narrowing the definition of “assault weapon,” deleting magazines, eliminating the annual licensing, etc, but even that couldn’t get the required votes to get out. Stand by for an initiative. The House version of the safe storage bill DID pass, but in amended and watered down form. It’s still a bad bill, as well as totally unnecessary – current reckless endangerment law already covers the topic. Unfortunately almost all pro-gun bills died as well.
Bills that have a significant fiscal impact have an additional week to pass out of one of the fiscal committees. That cut-off is next Friday. Keep in mind this is the biennial budget year, and if they fail to pass a budget, we could be looking at one or more special sessions, as happened a couple of years ago.
The next critical cut-off is March 8th, when bills must pass out of their original chamber (House bills out of the House, Senate bills out of the Senate). If they don’t make the cut, they’re nominally dead. Most action will be on the chamber (House or Senate) floor, where bills will be debated and passed… or not. After March 8th, those bills that passed out of their original chamber will go through the same process – on the other side: committee hearing and possible action, fiscal committee action if required, then into the Rules committees while awaiting a full chamber (floor) vote.
All bills considered on the floor are subject to a roll call vote. Because of their numbers (98 members), the House does it by machine – a quick red-green machine vote, called the Christmas tree (probably the only politically correct Christmas tree in the capitol). The Senate, with only 49 members, does it the old fashioned way – a roll call voice vote.
(To give you an idea of the magnitude of a legislative session, nearly 2,300 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
Shea (R-4) H. Jud.
SHB 1100 CPL renewal notice
Blake (D-19) H. Rules
SHB 1122 Safe storage of firearms
Kagi (D-32) H. Rules
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 1270 Encouraging voluntary use of locking devices
Harmswqorth (R-44) H. Fis
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 1483 Allows destruction of forfeited firearms
Lovick (D-44) H. Rules
HB 1501 Illegal purchase of firearms
Hansen (D-23) H. Rules
HB 1529 Use of force
Ryu (D-32) DIED
HB 1592 Delivery of firearms to LEOs
Klippert (R) H. Jud.
HB 1612 Suicide prevention
Orwall (D-33) H. Aprop
HB 1725 I-594 check exemption for CPL holders
Koster (R-44) DIED
HB 1731 Certain exemptions to I-594
Jinkins (D27) H. Rules
HB 1900 Hunter ed funding/NRA license plates
Griffey (R-35) DIED
HB 1933 Transfer of firearms at non-profit events
Walsh (R-19) DIED.
SB 5000 Use of deadly force
McCoy (D-38) DIED
SB 5050 Assault weapon ban
Frockt (D-3) DIED
SB 5073 Use of force
McCoy (D-38) S. W&M
SB 5216 Firearm safety education in schools
O’Ban (R-28) DIED
SB 5268 CPL renewal notice
Takko (D-19) S. Rules
SB 5441 Involuntary freeze on firearm possession
Kuderer (D) DIED
SB 5444 Background check for “assault weapons”
Frockt (D-46) DIED
SB 5463 Mandatory safe storage of firearms
Palumbo (D) DIED
SSB 5506 Transfer of firearms at non-profit events
Zeiger (R-25) S. Rules
SB 5552 Certain exemptions to I-594
Pedersen (D-43) S. Rules
SB 5553 Suicidal, waiver of rights
Pedersen (D-43) DIED
SB 5795 Mandatory firearm liability insurance
Chase (D-32) DIED
L&J = Law & Justice, Jud = Judiciary, PubSaf = Public Safety, HC = Health Care, H. K-12 = House Early education, Aprop = Appropriations, Fis = Fiscal, W&M = Ways & Means “S” before a bill number indicates Substitute (amended).
PUBLIC HEARING SCHEDULED:
No public hearings scheduled at this time, but in all likelihood HB 1270 will go to House Fiscal and HB 1612 to House Appropriations.
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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