GOAL Post 2019-11
Legislative Update from Olympia 22 March 2019
GOV SIGNS BUMP STOCK BUYBACK FUNDING
AWAITING COMMITTEE ACTION ON BILLS HEARD THIS WEEK
PUBLIC HEARINGS SCHEDULED NEXT WEEK
SECOND POLICY COMMITTEE CUT-OFF
Starting the second half of the 2019 legislative session. And I think it’s time for a pep talk. We dodged a major bullet last week when SSB 5174 (CPL training) failed to get a vote. That was no coincidence. They do a nose count before major votes, and if the votes aren’t there, they don’t bring it up for a vote. Should a bill as extreme as SSB 5174 become law, it would strike a major blow to the CPL program.
There are just over 600,000 CPL holders in Washington. Imagine if, the next time this comes up (there WILL be a next time), imagine if we could get just 1% of CPL holders to show up in Olympia to protest the bill (and other gun control bills). That would be more than 6,000 protestors. Guaranteed that would get their attention. But the other side is relying on gun owner apathy, whether it’s in Olympia or on election day.
As a 20-year registered lobbyist, I can assure you – lobbyists can’t carry all the load. Lobbyists are there to speak for you, but they need to be backed up. By vocal gun owners. I’ve seen it first hand in my time in Olympia. Hopefully, many of you sent letters to your legislators two weeks ago, after the GOAL Alert on 5174 was published. And NRA and other gun-rights group members sent communications. That’s what influences legislators. It’s called “grassroots lobbying.” And it works.
Washington has historically been a pro-gun state – provided a large number of gun owners (and their family members) speak out – and vote. Our shall-issue CPL program passed in 1961 was a model for the country. As was the landmark “state firearms preemption” law we passed more than 30 years ago. It’s up to each of you – individually.
Pep talk over.
On 14 March, Governor Inslee signed into law SB 5954, the bill that funds the bump stock buyback program. I believe SB 5954 is both unconstitutional and unnecessary. But it’s the law. At least those who choose to turn in their previously legal bump stocks will receive some compensation — $150. Limit of five per customer and sufficient funds allocated for 1,000 bump stocks buybacks. Better hurry! The funding is available immediately (or when the WSP is ready to cut checks).
Public hearings held on four bills this past week, HB 1949 (firearm background checks), and SBs 5508 (WSP background check for CPL), 5181 firearm possession/mental health) 5782 (assisted knives)… Awaiting executive action (committee vote, most votes scheduled for next week) HB 1949 (firearm background checks) passed out of the Senate Law & Justice Committee and sits in Senate Rules awaiting a pull to the floor for a final/floor vote.
Five public hearings are scheduled for next week, most in Senate Law & Justice. HBs 1465 (delivery of handgun with CPL) and 1786 (firearms/protective orders) will be heard in Senate Law & Justice at 10:00 a.m. on 25 March. HB 1739 (untraceable/undetectable firearms) at 10:00 a.m. on 26 March. And HB 1934 (CPL renewal for deployed military members) at 10:00 a.m. on 28 March. House Civil Rights & Judiciary will hear SB 5027 (under age 18 extreme risk protective orders) at 10:00 a.m. on March 26th. At this time no action has been scheduled on SHB 1225 (firearms/domestic violence) and SSB 5434 (gun free zones) but there is plenty of time in the 12 days before the next cut-off.
The next cut-off facing us is the second chamber policy committee cut-off on April 3rd. All House bills must be out of Senate Law & Justice and all Senate bills must be out of House Civil Rights & Judiciary.
BILL STATUS/GOAL POSITION:
SHB 1225 Firearms/domestic violence
Jinkins (D-27) S. L&J OPPOSE
HB 1465 Repeal delivery handgun with CPL
Goodman (D-45) S. L&J OPPOSE
SHB 1739 Undetectable/untraceable firearms
Valdez (D-43) S. L&J OPPOSE
HB 1786 Seizure of firearms/re: protective orders
Jinkins (D-27) S. L&J OPPOSE
HB 1934 CPL renewal online/mail military members
Caldier (R-25) S. L&J SUPPORT
HB 1949 Single POC for firearm b/g checks
Hansen (D-23) S.Rules NEUTRAL
SSB 5027 Extreme risk protection orders, under age 18
Frockt (D-46) H. CR&J OPPOSE
SB 5181 Firearm possession/mental health
Kuderer (D-48) H. CR&J OPPOSE
SB 5205 Firearm possession/incompetent for trial
Dhingra (D-45) H. CR&J OPPOSE
SB 5434 New/expanded gun free zones
Wilson (D-30) H. CR&J OPPOSE
SB 5508 WSP background check for CPLs
Fortunato (R-31) H. CR&J OPPOSE
SB 5782 Removes prohibition of spring-blade knives
Zeiger (R-25) H. CR&J SUPPORT
SB 5954 Bump stock buyback
Rolfes (D-23) To Governor NEUTRAL
HB = House bill, SB = Senate bill. L&J = Law & Justice , CR&J = Civil Rights and 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).
25 Mar Senate Law & Justice John A. Cherberg Bldg
10:00 a.m. HB 1465, 1786
26 Mar House Civil Rights & Judiciary John L. O’Brien Bldg
10:00 a.m. SB 5027
26 Mar Senate Law & Justice John A. Cherberg Bldg
10:00 a.m. HB 1739
28 Mar Senate Law & Justice John A. Cherberg Bldg
10:00 a.m. HB 1934
LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE: 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!!!
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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). Scheduled/available videos are listed at the bottom of the page for each bill.
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, online 24/7, to any citizen.
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