37th District Democrats Blog
|Updates on the 2017 Washington State Legislature Session - February 2017|
| Mon, Feb 6, 2017 - 06:41 PM||Posted by Sherrard Ewing in The Legislature|
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One of our primary goals of the 37th Legislative District Democrats is to keep our members and PCO's informed of the issues being addressed in the current State Legislative Landscape.
Luckily, our diligent King County Legislative Action Committeeman, John Stafford, works very hard to keep executive board appraised of recent developments in Olympia.
At the beginning of 2017, John put together an excellent write-up in the South Seattle Emerald, surveying the national and state Landscape. While I urge you to read the whole thing, John covered such notable highlights as:
These proposals sound like cruel jokes but they are, sadly, actual legislative proposals.
- Senator Doug Ericksen's (R-Ferndale) plan to propose a bill to criminalize protests that disrupt transportation and commerce.
- A plan to amend (remove) the State's constitutional requirement for fully funded education.
- Proposed legislation to have Central and Eastern Washington secede from Western Washington and form a new State called Liberty.
Given the national political climate, it should be hardly surprising that more extreme elements of the Republican party feel emboldened to propose such dangerous legislation. It's all the more important for the member of the 37th Legislative District to be informed of the issues at the state level in addition to the local level.
With this in mind, the newly-elected executive board will be working to bring regular updates of State Legislative issues to our members.
Below is a list of bills floating around the State Senate and House. Some highlights include:
- Carbon tax proposals
- Bi-partisan proposals to repeal the death penalty
- Proposals to ban drug injection sites
- Proposals to increase accountability in police use of force
- Proposals requiring a super majority for raising taxes
As you can see, this session is off to an interesting start. There's a lot going on, but we've included a description, the Senate/House Bill number and Bill Sponsor, the status (as of this blog post).
If there are any bills that you are concerned about, be sure to contact the bills sponsors with your concerns. And don't be shy to thank any congresspersons whose bills you happen to support!
For more current information, click any of the detailed links above or visit the Washington State Legislature Website.
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