GOAL Post 2017-Special 1
Legislative Update from Olympia 5 May 2017
NO ACTION ON BILLS
I was at the annual NRA convention and meetings in Atlanta last Friday, but nothing happened anyway!
Governor Inslee signed HB 1100 (CPL renewal postcard) a week before the session ended. The first postcards should go out in late summer (they have to set up the system first).
Still awaiting the governor’s signature are HB 1501 (NICS denial police notification), HB 1612 (suicide prevention), SB 5268 (CPL renewal e-mail notification) and SB 5552 (limited I-594 background check exemptions.) (Correction, SB 5268 did squeak out just before the regular session ended.)
The governor has 20 days to act on bills after the session ends. That means he has until 13 May to take action on the four bills listed above. Governor Inslee has three options available: he can sign a bill into law; he can veto an entire bill or part of a bill, in which case the legislature has the opportunity to override on the next session; or he can take no action, in which case the bill becomes law anyway. Why decline to take action? Maybe the governor doesn’t like it, but doesn’t feel it is important enough to veto. This is the guy who wants $8 billion in new taxes, despite the fact that the Republican-controlled Senate passed a balanced operating budget.
At this point, 12 days into the up-to-30 day special session, no gun bills have been pulled back out, nor have new bills been filed.
As next Saturday is the last day the governor can act on bills, I’ll likely get the next GOAL Post out over next weekend.
BILL STATUS/GOAL POSITION:
SHB 1100 CPL renewal notice
Blake (D-19) Governor signed
HB 1501 Illegal purchase of firearms
Hansen (D-23) To Gov
2SHB 1612 Suicide prevention
Orwall (D-33) To GovT
SB 5268 CPL renewal notice
Takko (D-19) To Gov
SB 5552 Certain exemptions to I-594
Pedersen (D-43) To Gov
PUBLIC HEARINGS SCHEDULED:
Contact information for your Representatives may be found at http://app.leg.wa.gov/districtfinder or at http://leg.wa.gov/House/Pages/MembersByDistrict.aspx. 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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