GOAL Post 2017-9 Legislative Update from Olympia – 3 March 2017

GOAL Post 2017-9
Legislative Update from Olympia – 3 March 2017

HBs 1100, 1501 AND 1612 PASS HOUSE
FOUR BILLS STILL AWAIT A VOTE
CHAMBER CUT-OFF IS NEXT WEDNESDAY
GRASSROOTS HELP NEEDED ON HB 1731
PUBLIC HEARING SCHEDULED FOR SB 5552

From a gun bill perspective, this has been a slow week. HB 1100 (CPL renewal notices) passed out of the House, but in amended form (the Senate version, SB 5268) passed clean last week). That means the two versions will have to be reconciled, either by one chamber accepting the other’s language, or by a conference committee later in the session. HB 1501 (reporting of NICS denials) and HB 1612 also passed the House. All are headed for Senate Law & Justice.

At week’s end, one other gun bill is on the House floor calendar: HB 1731 (I-594 tweaks). Three others, HBs 1122 and 1483, and SB 5506, have yet to be placed on their respective (House or Senate) floor calendar. The cut-off is next Wednesday, 8 March. Note that, historically, non-controversial bills are generally moved first to “clear the deck” for those with major disagreement.

As it sits right now, HB 1731, like SB 5222, makes some minor tweaks to ease some of the background check burden imposed by I-594 by adding a few more small exceptions to the requirement. An amendment to HB 1731, proposed by retread (he previously served in the House from 1995-2001) Representative John Koster (R-39) would make a significant change by allowing transfers without background checks if both parties to the transaction were Washington CPL holders.

The ATF has already acknowledged our CPL meets the highest federal standard by designating Washington a “NICS Alternative state” for federal checks (blocked by I-594), in addition to which it has passed by an internal Washington state criminal history check plus a Dept of Social and Health Services check. Plus CPL holders have a track record of good behavior, something someone walking off the street into a gun shop may not have. This is about the most common sense rationale you could use for a 594-waiver. If pre-cleared individuals are not granted a waiver, this clearly demonstrates that I-594 was not about background checks but about gun registration via FFL recordkeeping (something “background check” supporters continue to deny, admitted in public testimony in the Senate back in 1997 – “we want the audit trail”).

Please contact your elected representatives ASAP and ask them to support the Koster amendment to HB 1731. http://app.leg.wa.gov/districtfinder or, if you know your district: http://leg.wa.gov/House/Pages/MembersByDistrict.aspx

A public hearing is scheduled for SB 5552 (limited I-594 exemptions) in House Judiciary on Thursday, March 9, This is the first of the gun bills that passed out of one chamber to now start its way through the second. See details below.

BILL STATUS/GOAL POSITION:

HB 1000 Use of deadly force
Doglio (D-22) DIED OPPOSE

HB 1004 Possession of firearms/state of emergency
Shea (R-4) DIED. SUPPORT

HB 1015 Limiting restrictions on concealed carry
Shea (R-4) DIED. SUPPORT

SHB 1100 CPL renewal notice
Blake (D-19) Passed House SUPPORT

SHB 1122 Safe storage of firearms
Kagi (D-32) H. Rules OPPOSE

HB 1134 Assault weapon ban
Peterson (D) DIED. OPPOSE

HB 1181 Prohibiting handgun sales registry
Blake (D-19) DIED. SUPPORT

HB 1174 Firearm safety education in schools
Muri (R-28) DIED SUPPORT

HB 1190 Prohibiting handgun sales registry
Taylor (R-15) DIED. SUPPORT

HB 1270 Encouraging voluntary use of locking devices H
armsworth (R-44) DIED SUPPORT

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

HB 1381 Universal recognition of all state CPLs
Blake (D-19) DIED. SUPPORT

HB 1387 Assault weapons background check
Jinkins (D-27) DIED. OPPOSE

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

HB 1501 Illegal purchase of firearms
Hansen (D-23) Passed House SUPPORT

HB 1529 Use of force
Ryu (D-32) DIED OPPOSE

HB 1592 Delivery of firearms to LEOs
Klippert (R) DIED. SUPPORT

2SHB 1612 Suicide prevention
Orwall (D-33) Passed House SUPPORT

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

HB 1731 Certain exemptions to I-594
Jinkins (D-27) H. Rules SUPPORT

HB 1900 Hunter ed funding/NRA license plates
Griffey (R-35) DIED . NEUTRAL

HB 1933 Transfer of firearms at non-profit events
Walsh (R-19) DIED. SUPPORT

SB 5000 Use of deadly force
McCoy (D-38) DIED OPPOSE

SB 5050 Assault weapon ban
Frockt (D-3) DIED OPPOSE

SB 5073 Use of force
McCoy (D-38) DIED OPPOSE

SB 5216 Firearm safety education in schools
O’Ban (R-28) DIED SUPPORT

SB 5268 CPL renewal notice
Takko (D-19) Passed Senate SUPPORT

SB 5441 Involuntary freeze on firearm possession
Kuderer (D) DIED NEUTRAL

SB 5444 Background check for “assault weapons”
Frockt (D-46) DIED OPPOSE

SB 5463 Mandatory safe storage of firearms
Palumbo (D) DIED OPPOSE

SSB 5506 Transfer of firearms at non-profit events
Zeiger (R-25) S. Rules SUPPORT

SB 5552 Certain exemptions to I-594
Pedersen (D-43) Passed Senate SUPPORT

SB 5553 Suicidal, waiver of rights
Pedersen (D-43) DIED NEUTRAL

SB 5795 Mandatory firearm liability insurance
Chase (D-32) DIED OPPOSE

L&J = Law & Justice, Jud = Judiciary, PubSaf = Public Safety, HC = Health Care, H. K-12 = House Early education, Aprop = Appropriations, Fin = Finance, W&M = Ways & Means “S” before a bill number indicates Substitute (amended).

PUBLIC HEARING SCHEDULED:

9 Mar House Judiciary House Hearing Room “A” John L. O’Brien Bldg
1:30 p.m. SB 5552

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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Constitution of the State of Washington

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